Downey, CA Profile: Facts & Data


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Downey, California - Basic Facts

The City of Downey had a population of 116,425 as of July 1, 2018. Downey ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Downey is located at latitude 33.94 and longitude -118.1326 in Los Angeles County. The formal boundaries for the City of Downey encompass a land area of 12.41 sq. miles and a water area of 0.16 sq. miles. Los Angeles County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 118 feet.

The City of Downey (GNIS ID: 2410352) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Downey is located within Downey-Norwalk CCD of Los Angeles County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Downey: Downey Plain, Downey township, Downy Plain.

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Downey, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 116,425
Population in Households 115,722
Population in Familes 101,994
Population in Group Qrtrs 703
Population Density2 9,383
Diversity Index3 81


Median Household Income $62,269
Average Household Income $80,501
Per Capita Income $24,293


Total Housing Units 36,622 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 16,723 (45.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 18,048 (49.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,851 ( 5.1%)
Median Home Value $541,160
Average Home Value $624,788


Total Households 34,771
Average Household Size 3.33
Family Households 27,214
Average Family Size 4
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.5% 0.41%
Households 0.3% 0.27%
Families 0.33% 0.31%
Median Household Income   3.24%
Per Capita Income   3.26%

Downey, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Downey to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 55 96th
Population Density # 77 95th
Diversity Index # 338 78th
Median Household Income # 663 56th
Per Capita Income # 1019 33rd

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