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Desert Hot Springs, California - Basic Facts

The City of Desert Hot Springs had a population of 29,217 as of July 1, 2018. Desert Hot Springs 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 Desert Hot Springs is located at latitude 33.9576 and longitude -116.5423 in Riverside County. The formal boundaries for the City of Desert Hot Springs (see map below) encompass a land area of 30.2 sq. miles and a water area of 0.39 sq. miles. Riverside County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 1,076 feet.

The City of Desert Hot Springs (GNIS ID: 2410328) 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 Desert Hot Springs is located within Desert Hot Springs CCD of Riverside County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Desert Hot Springs population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2018.

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


Total Population 29,217
Population in Households 29,085
Population in Familes 23,623
Population in Group Qrtrs 132
Population Density2 968
Diversity Index3 84


Median Household Income $37,178
Average Household Income $50,332
Per Capita Income $16,669


Total Housing Units 11,693 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,446 (38.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,169 (44.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,077 (17.8%)
Median Home Value $175,869
Average Home Value $241,730


Total Households 9,616
Average Household Size 3.02
Family Households 6,457
Average Family Size 4
  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 0.9% 1.39%
Households 0.79% 1.36%
Families 0.81% 1.32%
Median Household Income   2.81%
Per Capita Income   2.92%

Desert Hot Springs, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Desert Hot Springs 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 # 272 82nd
Population Density # 785 48th
Diversity Index # 219 86th
Median Household Income # 1321 13th
Per Capita Income # 1335 12th

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