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Indian Wells, California - Basic Facts

The City of Indian Wells had a population of 5,184 as of July 1, 2017. Indian Wells ranks in the lower 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 Indian Wells is located at latitude 33.6922 and longitude -116.3412 in Riverside County. The formal boundaries for the City of Indian Wells (see map below) encompass a land area of 14.32 sq. miles and a water area of 0.27 sq. miles. Riverside County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 89 feet.

The City of Indian Wells (GNIS ID: 2410100) 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 Indian Wells is located within Cathedral City-Palm Desert CCD of Riverside County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Indian Wells 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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Indian Wells, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 5,184
Daytime Population: Workers 5,443
Daytime Population: Residents 3,208
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 8,651
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.67
Population in Households 5,178
Population in Familes 3,834
Population in Group Qrtrs 6
Population Density2 362
Diversity Index3 38


Median Household Income $76,690
Average Household Income $127,658
Per Capita Income $66,046


Total Housing Units 5,317 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,258 (42.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 606 (11.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,452 (46.1%)
Median Home Value $726,463
Average Home Value $769,146


Total Households 2,865
Average Household Size 1.81
Family Households 1,717
Average Family Size 2
  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 0.62% 0.94%
Households 0.59% 0.8%
Families 0.55% 0.81%
Median Household Income   2.21%
Per Capita Income   1.91%

Indian Wells, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Indian Wells 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 # 644 58th
Population Density # 1017 33rd
Diversity Index # 1225 19th
Median Household Income # 394 74th
Per Capita Income # 94 94th

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