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Cathedral City, California - Basic Facts

The City of Cathedral City had a population of 54,213 as of July 1, 2020. Cathedral City 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 Cathedral City is located at latitude 33.7797 and longitude -116.4653 in Riverside County. The formal boundaries for the City of Cathedral City encompass a land area of 21.5 sq. miles and a water area of 0.26 sq. miles. Riverside County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 328 feet.

The City of Cathedral City (GNIS ID: 2409412) 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 Cathedral City is located within Cathedral City-Palm Desert CCD of Riverside County.


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


Total Population 54,213 (100%)
Population in Households 53,937 (99.5%)
Population in Families 42,826 (79.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 276 ( 0.5%)
Population Density 2,411
Diversity Index2 80


Median Household Income $50,131
Average Household Income $74,769
% of Income for Mortgage4 27%
Per Capita Income $25,109
Wealth Index5 90


Total HU (Housing Units) 22,183 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 11,482 (51.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,676 (30.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,025 (18.1%)
Median Home Value $322,130
Average Home Value $405,887
Housing Affordability Index3 86


Total Households 18,158
Average Household Size 2.97
Family Households 11,715
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.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.56% 0.83%
Households 0.63% 0.76%
Families 0.57% 0.72%
Median Household Income   1.6%
Per Capita Income   2.01%
Owner Occupied HU   1.05%


Cathedral City, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cathedral City 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 # 175 89th
Population Density # 544 64th
Median Household Income # 1135 25th
Housing Affordability Index # 648 43rd
Per Capita Income # 1073 30th
Diversity Index # 391 75th

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