Desert Center, CA Profile: Facts & Data


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Desert Center, California - Basic Facts

The Desert Center Census Designated Place had a population of 214 as of July 1, 2018. Desert Center ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and 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 Desert Center is located at latitude 33.7125 and longitude -115.4022 in Riverside County. The formal boundaries for the Desert Center Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 30.42 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Riverside County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 906 feet.

The Desert Center Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2582993) 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 Desert Center Census Designated Place is located within Chuckwalla Valley CCD of Riverside County.

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Desert Center, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 214
Population in Households 213
Population in Familes 176
Population in Group Qrtrs 1
Population Density2 7
Diversity Index3 82


Median Household Income $44,656
Average Household Income $56,415
Per Capita Income $20,576


Total Housing Units 146 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 55 (37.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 34 (23.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 57 (39.0%)
Median Home Value $115,909
Average Home Value $157,727


Total Households 89
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 59
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.58% 1.01%
Households 0.56% 0.88%
Families 2.53% 0.67%
Median Household Income   3.99%
Per Capita Income   3.88%

Desert Center, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Desert Center to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 1324 13th
Population Density # 1494 2nd
Diversity Index # 305 80th
Median Household Income # 1137 25th
Per Capita Income # 1186 22nd

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