Dos Palos, CA Profile: Facts & Data


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Dos Palos, California - Basic Facts

The City of Dos Palos had a population of 5,403 as of July 1, 2018. Dos Palos 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 Dos Palos is located at latitude 36.9854 and longitude -120.6338 in Merced County. The formal boundaries for the City of Dos Palos (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.35 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Merced County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 118 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Dos Palos are located in Merced County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Fresno County.

The City of Dos Palos (GNIS ID: 2410348) 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 Dos Palos is located within Dos Palos CCD of Merced County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Dos Palos population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2018.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Dos Palos: Dospalos.

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


Total Population 5,403
Population in Households 5,372
Population in Familes 4,786
Population in Group Qrtrs 31
Population Density1 4,005
Diversity Index2 76


Median Household Income $50,056
Average Household Income $61,006
Per Capita Income $18,926


Total Housing Units 1,769 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,000 (56.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 651 (36.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 117 ( 6.6%)
Median Home Value $133,815
Average Home Value $196,183


Total Households 1,652
Average Household Size 3.25
Family Households 1,299
Average Family Size 4
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  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 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 1.07% 1.07%
Households 1.17% 1.12%
Families 1.19% 1.13%
Median Household Income   1.97%
Per Capita Income   3.46%

Dos Palos, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Dos Palos 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 # 636 58th
Population Density # 321 79th
Diversity Index # 490 68th
Median Household Income # 1006 34th
Per Capita Income # 1254 17th

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