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Fontana, California - Basic Facts

The City of Fontana had a population of 215,334 as of July 1, 2020. Fontana 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 Fontana is located at latitude 34.0922 and longitude -117.4351 in San Bernardino County. The formal boundaries for the City of Fontana encompass a land area of 42.43 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. San Bernardino County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 1,237 feet.

The City of Fontana (GNIS ID: 2410517) 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 Fontana is located within San Bernardino CCD of San Bernardino County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Fontana: Rosena.


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


Total Population 215,334 (100%)
Population in Households 214,896 (99.8%)
Population in Families 194,679 (90.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 438 ( 0.2%)
Population Density 4,999
Diversity Index2 87


Median Household Income $76,225
Average Household Income $92,178
% of Income for Mortgage4 21%
Per Capita Income $22,756
Wealth Index5 87


Total HU (Housing Units) 55,281 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 36,081 (65.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 17,241 (31.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,958 ( 3.5%)
Median Home Value $391,046
Average Home Value $431,331
Housing Affordability Index3 111


Total Households 53,323
Average Household Size 4.03
Family Households 46,048
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 0.9% 0.7%
Households 0.79% 0.66%
Families 0.78% 0.66%
Median Household Income   1.2%
Per Capita Income   2.39%
Owner Occupied HU   0.85%


Fontana, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Fontana 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 # 19 99th
Population Density # 242 84th
Median Household Income # 561 63rd
Housing Affordability Index # 1023 67th
Per Capita Income # 1150 24th
Diversity Index # 112 93rd

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