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South Gate, California - Basic Facts

The City of South Gate had a population of 95,953 as of July 1, 2020. South Gate ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for South Gate is located at latitude 33.9547 and longitude -118.212 in Los Angeles County. The formal boundaries for the City of South Gate encompass a land area of 7.24 sq. miles and a water area of 0.12 sq. miles. Los Angeles County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 115 feet.

The City of South Gate (GNIS ID: 2411935) 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 South Gate is located within South Gate-East Los Angeles CCD of Los Angeles County.


South Gate, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 95,953 (100%)
Population in Households 95,862 (99.9%)
Population in Families 86,967 (90.6%)
Population in Group Quarters1 91 ( 0.1%)
Population Density 13,260
Diversity Index2 77


Median Household Income $53,101
Average Household Income $66,517
% of Income for Mortgage4 32%
Per Capita Income $16,312
Wealth Index5 49


Total HU (Housing Units) 24,553 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,011 (40.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 13,517 (55.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,025 ( 4.2%)
Median Home Value $408,260
Average Home Value $456,488
Housing Affordability Index3 72


Total Households 23,528
Average Household Size 4.07
Family Households 20,403
Average Family Size 4
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.16% 0.04%
Households 0.1% -0.06%
Families 0.12% -0.02%
Median Household Income   1.11%
Per Capita Income   1.72%
Owner Occupied HU   0.42%


South Gate, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares South Gate to the other 1,521 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 82 95th
Population Density # 25 98th
Median Household Income # 1032 32nd
Housing Affordability Index # 429 28th
Per Capita Income # 1366 10th
Diversity Index # 473 69th

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