Sierra City, CA Profile: Facts & Data


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Sierra City, California - Basic Facts

The Sierra City Census Designated Place had a population of 218 as of July 1, 2020. Sierra City ranks in the lower 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 Sierra City is located at latitude 39.5657 and longitude -120.6338 in Sierra County. The formal boundaries for the Sierra City Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 2.15 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Sierra County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 4,176 feet.

The Sierra City Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2583139) 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 Sierra City Census Designated Place is located within West Sierra CCD of Sierra County.


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


Total Population 218 (100%)
Population in Households 217 (99.5%)
Population in Families 160 (73.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 1 ( 0.5%)
Population Density 101
Diversity Index2 27


Median Household Income $57,570
Average Household Income $68,897
% of Income for Mortgage4 18%
Per Capita Income $34,836
Wealth Index5 69


Total HU (Housing Units) 289 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 83 (28.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 28 ( 9.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 178 (61.6%)
Median Home Value $241,667
Average Home Value $322,917
Housing Affordability Index3 153


Total Households 111
Average Household Size 1.95
Family Households 65
Average Family Size 2
  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 -0.13% -0.56%
Households -0.17% -0.55%
Families -0.58% -0.62%
Median Household Income   1.19%
Per Capita Income   1.91%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.49%


Sierra City, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sierra City 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 # 1320 13th
Population Density # 1271 17th
Median Household Income # 920 40th
Housing Affordability Index # 1371 90th
Per Capita Income # 663 56th
Diversity Index # 1444 5th

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