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Rough and Ready, California - Basic Facts

The Rough and Ready CDP(1) had a population of 956 as of July 1, 2023. Rough and Ready ranks in the lower quartile for 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 Rough and Ready is located at latitude 39.2302 and longitude -121.1361 in Nevada County. The formal boundaries for the Rough and Ready Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 3.17 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

The Rough and Ready Census Designated Place has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Rough and Ready Census Designated Place is located within Grass Valley CCD of Nevada County.

  1. A Census Designated Place (CDP) is a statistical counterpart to a self-governing (incorporated) place such as a city, town, or village. A CDP is not a legal entity and has no governmental functions.

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Rough and Ready, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2023)


Total Population 956 (100%)
Population in Households 956 (100.0%)
Population in Families 747 (78.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 301
Diversity Index2 37


Median Household Income $54,893
Average Household Income $65,489
% of Income for Mortgage4 52%
Per Capita Income $28,840
Wealth Index5 47
Socioeconomic Status Index6 Moderate (51.7)


Total HU (Housing Units) 483 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 351 (72.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 70 (14.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 62 (12.8%)
Median Home Value $474,793
Average Home Value $514,316
Housing Affordability Index3 48


Total Households 421
Average Household Size 2.27
Family Households 261
Average Family Size 3.00
  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.
  6. The Socioeconomic Index ranges from zero (lowest relative status) to 100 (highest relative status). This measure quantifies disparities in social position of an area's inhabitants and is built from a broad range of demographic, housing, and socioeconomic inputs. More information on this measure can be found in Esri's SEI tutorial.


2020-2023 2023-2028
Population 1.70% 0.98%
Households 1.67% 1.11%
Families   1.12%
Median Household Income   2.03%
Per Capita Income   3.46%
Owner Occupied HU   1.06%

Rough and Ready, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Rough and Ready to the other 1,611 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2023 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 # 1091 32nd
Population Density # 1095 32nd
Median Household Income # 1237 23rd
Housing Affordability Index # 571 35th
Per Capita Income # 1172 27th
Diversity Index # 1542 4th

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