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The City of Dos Palos had a population of 5,390 as of July 1, 2021. 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 36.9861 and longitude -120.6266 in Merced County. The formal boundaries for the City of Dos Palos 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 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Dos Palos: Dospalos.

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Dos Palos, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 5,390 (100%)
Population in Households 5,351 (99.3%)
Population in Families 4,749 (88.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 39 ( 0.7%)
Population Density 3,995
Diversity Index2 76


Median Household Income $57,233
Average Household Income $73,860
% of Income for Mortgage4 18%
Per Capita Income $22,774
Wealth Index5 61


Total HU (Housing Units) 1,820 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,004 (55.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 655 (36.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 161 ( 8.8%)
Median Home Value $246,626
Average Home Value $369,447
Housing Affordability Index3 143


Total Households 1,659
Average Household Size 3.23
Family Households 1,302
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.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.76% 0.76%
Households 0.89% 0.79%
Families 0.89% 0.79%
Median Household Income   1.93%
Per Capita Income   2.57%
Owner Occupied HU   1.28%

Dos Palos, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Dos Palos to the other 1,521 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 630 59th
Population Density # 317 79th
Median Household Income # 962 37th
Housing Affordability Index # 1416 93rd
Per Capita Income # 1182 22nd
Diversity Index # 504 67th

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