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The City of Needles had a population of 4,909 as of July 1, 2021. 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 34.8481 and longitude -114.6141 in San Bernardino County. The formal boundaries for the City of Needles 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 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Needles: The Needles.

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Needles, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 4,909 (100%)
Population in Households 4,904 (99.9%)
Population in Families 3,802 (77.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 5 ( 0.1%)
Population Density 161
Diversity Index2 72


Median Household Income $38,715
Average Household Income $53,202
% of Income for Mortgage4 10%
Per Capita Income $21,148
Wealth Index5 40


Total HU (Housing Units) 2,913 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 984 (33.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 966 (33.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 963 (33.1%)
Median Home Value $92,590
Average Home Value $187,335
Housing Affordability Index3 230


Total Households 1,950
Average Household Size 2.51
Family Households 1,227
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.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.14% 0.24%
Households 0.17% 0.24%
Families 0.21% 0.21%
Median Household Income   3.47%
Per Capita Income   3.93%
Owner Occupied HU   0.42%

Needles, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Needles to the other 1,521 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 646 58th
Population Density # 1192 22nd
Median Household Income # 1356 11th
Housing Affordability Index # 1507 99th
Per Capita Income # 1235 19th
Diversity Index # 627 59th

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