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Colton, California - Basic Facts

The City of Colton had a population of 54,496 as of July 1, 2017. Colton ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Colton is located at latitude 34.0545 and longitude -117.325 in San Bernardino County. The formal boundaries for the City of Colton (see map below) encompass a land area of 15.32 sq. miles and a water area of 0.71 sq. miles. San Bernardino County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 1,004 feet.

The City of Colton (GNIS ID: 2410200) 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 Colton is located within San Bernardino CCD of San Bernardino County.

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


Total Population 54,496
Daytime Population: Workers 24,701
Daytime Population: Residents 32,003
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 56,704
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.04
Population in Households 54,182
Population in Familes 47,250
Population in Group Qrtrs 314
Population Density2 3,556
Diversity Index3 88


Median Household Income $44,223
Average Household Income $59,204
Per Capita Income $17,126


Total Housing Units 16,925 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,700 (45.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,781 (46.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,444 ( 8.5%)
Median Home Value $222,707
Average Home Value $257,147


Total Households 15,481
Average Household Size 3.5
Family Households 12,084
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 0.61% 0.61%
Households 0.46% 0.53%
Families 0.4% 0.51%
Median Household Income   0.9%
Per Capita Income   2.14%

Colton, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Colton 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 # 173 89th
Population Density # 370 76th
Diversity Index # 55 96th
Median Household Income # 1100 27th
Per Capita Income # 1295 15th

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