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Needles, California - Basic Facts

The City of Needles had a population of 4,873 as of July 1, 2017. Needles ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Needles is located at latitude 34.8136 and longitude -114.6253 in San Bernardino County. The formal boundaries for the City of Needles (see map below) encompass a land area of 30.82 sq. miles and a water area of 0.46 sq. miles. San Bernardino County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 495 feet.

The City of Needles (GNIS ID: 2411220) 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 Needles is located within Needles CCD of San Bernardino County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Needles population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Needles: The Needles.

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Needles, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 4,873
Daytime Population: Workers 2,342
Daytime Population: Residents 2,945
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 5,287
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.08
Population in Households 4,868
Population in Familes 3,774
Population in Group Qrtrs 5
Population Density2 158
Diversity Index3 69


Median Household Income $37,252
Average Household Income $57,565
Per Capita Income $22,678


Total Housing Units 2,919 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 989 (33.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 928 (31.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,002 (34.3%)
Median Home Value $127,394
Average Home Value $214,510


Total Households 1,917
Average Household Size 2.54
Family Households 1,210
Average Family Size 3
  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 0.08% 0.26%
Households -0.01% 0.16%
Families 0.09% 0.13%
Median Household Income   1.56%
Per Capita Income   3.09%

Needles, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Needles 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 # 653 57th
Population Density # 1190 22nd
Diversity Index # 670 56th
Median Household Income # 1299 14th
Per Capita Income # 1056 30th

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