Empire, CA Profile: Facts & Data


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Empire, California - Basic Facts

The Empire Census Designated Place had a population of 4,628 as of July 1, 2020. Empire ranks in the upper quartile for 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 Empire is located at latitude 37.6383 and longitude -120.9022 in Stanislaus County. The formal boundaries for the Empire Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 1.56 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Stanislaus County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 118 feet.

The Empire Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2408081) 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 Empire Census Designated Place is located within Modesto CCD of Stanislaus County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Empire: Empire City.


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


Total Population 4,628 (100%)
Population in Households 4,490 (97.0%)
Population in Families 3,868 (83.6%)
Population in Group Quarters1 138 ( 3.0%)
Population Density 2,895
Diversity Index2 87


Median Household Income $41,264
Average Household Income $56,368
% of Income for Mortgage4 20%
Per Capita Income $16,652
Wealth Index5 48


Total HU (Housing Units) 1,407 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 792 (56.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 542 (38.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 73 ( 5.2%)
Median Home Value $195,349
Average Home Value $418,608
Housing Affordability Index3 120


Total Households 1,334
Average Household Size 3.37
Family Households 1,019
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 0.97% 0.85%
Households 0.91% 0.83%
Families 0.86% 0.81%
Median Household Income   1.58%
Per Capita Income   1.53%
Owner Occupied HU   0.43%


Empire, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Empire 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 # 666 56th
Population Density # 477 69th
Median Household Income # 1307 14th
Housing Affordability Index # 1121 74th
Per Capita Income # 1356 11th
Diversity Index # 115 93rd

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