Downey, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Downey, California - Basic Facts

The City of Downey had a population of 116,832 as of July 1, 2017. 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 33.9382 and longitude -118.1309 in Los Angeles County. The formal boundaries for the City of Downey (see map below) 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Downey population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Downey, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 116,832
Daytime Population: Workers 51,419
Daytime Population: Residents 61,810
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 113,229
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.97
Population in Households 116,123
Population in Familes 101,745
Population in Group Qrtrs 709
Population Density2 9,416
Diversity Index3 81


Median Household Income $60,243
Average Household Income $77,248
Per Capita Income $23,387


Total Housing Units 36,783 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 16,986 (46.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 18,003 (48.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,794 ( 4.9%)
Median Home Value $495,170
Average Home Value $555,851


Total Households 34,989
Average Household Size 3.32
Family Households 27,336
Average Family Size 4
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.61% 0.61%
Households 0.42% 0.51%
Families 0.43% 0.52%
Median Household Income   2.09%
Per Capita Income   2.54%

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, 2017 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 # 76 95th
Diversity Index # 332 78th
Median Household Income # 659 57th
Per Capita Income # 1022 33rd

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