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Blythe, California - Basic Facts

The City of Blythe had a population of 20,479 as of July 1, 2020. Blythe ranks in the upper 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 Blythe is located at latitude 33.6103 and longitude -114.5963 in Riverside County. The formal boundaries for the City of Blythe encompass a land area of 26.19 sq. miles and a water area of 0.78 sq. miles. Riverside County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 272 feet.

The City of Blythe (GNIS ID: 2409872) 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 Blythe is located within Blythe CCD of Riverside County.


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

POPULATION

Total Population 20,479 (100%)
Population in Households 13,185 (64.4%)
Population in Families 11,070 (54.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 7,294 (35.6%)
Population Density 770
Diversity Index2 82
 
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $48,649
Average Household Income $66,407
% of Income for Mortgage4 14%
Per Capita Income $15,330
Wealth Index5 55
 

HOUSING

Total HU (Housing Units) 5,549 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,402 (43.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,201 (39.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 945 (17.0%)
Median Home Value $167,254
Average Home Value $244,715
Housing Affordability Index3 169
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 4,604
Average Household Size 2.86
Family Households 3,247
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  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.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2020 2020-2025
Population -0.16% 0.26%
Households 0.19% 0.3%
Families 0.16% 0.27%
Median Household Income   1.64%
Per Capita Income   1.82%
Owner Occupied HU   0.53%

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Blythe, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Blythe 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 # 344 77th
Population Density # 826 46th
Median Household Income # 1166 23rd
Housing Affordability Index # 1447 95th
Per Capita Income # 1394 8th
Diversity Index # 292 81st

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