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The City of Alturas had a population of 2,832 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Alturas is located at latitude 41.4926 and longitude -120.547 in Modoc County. The formal boundaries for the City of Alturas (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.43 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Modoc County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 4,370 feet.

The City of Alturas (GNIS ID: 2409688) 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 Alturas is located within Alturas CCD of Modoc County.

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

Alternate Unofficial Names for Alturas: Dorris Bridge, Dorrisville.

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


Total Population 2,832
Daytime Population: Workers 1,969
Daytime Population: Residents 1,735
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 3,704
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.31
Population in Households 2,787
Population in Familes 2,121
Population in Group Qrtrs 45
Population Density2 1,163
Diversity Index3 47


Median Household Income $34,053
Average Household Income $47,586
Per Capita Income $20,871


Total Housing Units 1,444 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 682 (47.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 561 (38.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 201 (13.9%)
Median Home Value $148,343
Average Home Value $171,738


Total Households 1,243
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 754
Average Family Size 3
  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 0.02% -0.36%
Households 0.06% -0.36%
Families 0.02% -0.32%
Median Household Income   1.5%
Per Capita Income   2.18%

Alturas, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Alturas 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 # 800 47th
Population Density # 742 51st
Diversity Index # 1042 31st
Median Household Income # 1375 9th
Per Capita Income # 1134 25th

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