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Joshua Tree, California - Basic Facts

The Joshua Tree Census Designated Place had a population of 7,126 as of July 1, 2020.

The primary coordinate point for Joshua Tree is located at latitude 34.1347 and longitude -116.3131 in San Bernardino County. The formal boundaries for the Joshua Tree Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 37.04 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. San Bernardino County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 2,736 feet.

The Joshua Tree Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2408454) 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 Joshua Tree Census Designated Place is located within Twentynine Palms-Yucca Valley CCD of San Bernardino County.


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


Total Population 7,126 (100%)
Population in Households 6,964 (97.7%)
Population in Families 5,148 (72.2%)
Population in Group Quarters1 162 ( 2.3%)
Population Density 198
Diversity Index2 60


Median Household Income $46,508
Average Household Income $73,790
% of Income for Mortgage4 14%
Per Capita Income $30,799
Wealth Index5 76


Total HU (Housing Units) 3,814 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,701 (44.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,270 (33.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 842 (22.1%)
Median Home Value $153,676
Average Home Value $202,806
Housing Affordability Index3 175


Total Households 2,972
Average Household Size 2.34
Family Households 1,736
Average Family Size 3
  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 -0.39% -0.16%
Households -0.38% -0.2%
Families -0.37% -0.2%
Median Household Income   1.53%
Per Capita Income   0.95%
Owner Occupied HU   0.09%


Joshua Tree, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Joshua Tree 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 # 567 63rd
Population Density # 1133 26th
Median Household Income # 1206 21st
Housing Affordability Index # 1453 96th
Per Capita Income # 830 45th
Diversity Index # 878 42nd

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