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Blythe, California - Basic Facts

The City of Blythe had a population of 20,719 as of July 1, 2017. 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 33.6536 and longitude -114.6218 in Riverside County. The formal boundaries for the City of Blythe (see map below) 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.

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

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


Total Population 20,719
Daytime Population: Workers 4,635
Daytime Population: Residents 8,234
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 12,869
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.62
Population in Households 13,434
Population in Familes 11,280
Population in Group Qrtrs 7,285
Population Density2 791
Diversity Index3 82


Median Household Income $45,514
Average Household Income $65,872
Per Capita Income $15,666


Total Housing Units 5,625 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,340 (41.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,327 (41.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 958 (17.0%)
Median Home Value $180,223
Average Home Value $214,936


Total Households 4,667
Average Household Size 2.88
Family Households 3,302
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 -0.07% 0.5%
Households 0.46% 0.71%
Families 0.46% 0.68%
Median Household Income   1.83%
Per Capita Income   2.79%

Blythe, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Blythe 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 # 346 77th
Population Density # 825 46th
Diversity Index # 294 81st
Median Household Income # 1065 30th
Per Capita Income # 1345 11th

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