Death Valley, California

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Population in July 2007: 620.
Males: 325  (52.5%)
Females: 295  (47.5%)
Median resident age:  46.0 years
California median age:  33.3 years

Zip code: 92384

Estimated median household income in 2013: $45,229 (it was $35,875 in 2000)
Death Valley:

$45,229
CA:

$60,190

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $30,277 (it was $21,679 in 2000)

Death Valley CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $56,877 (it was $30,400 in 2000)
Death Valley:

$56,877
CA:

$373,100
  • Races in Death Valley, CA (2000)

    Death Valley races chart
    • 50378.8%White alone
    • 639.9%American Indian alone
    • 436.7%Hispanic
    • 152.4%Two or more races
    • 81.3%Asian alone
    • 40.6%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 20.3%Black alone

Races in Death Valley detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Death Valley: 91.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Current Local Time: PST time zone

Land area: 4713.3 square miles.

Population density: 0.1 people per square mile   (very low).

Death Valley, California map

For population 25 years and over in Death Valley:

  • High school or higher: 80.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 23.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 8.2%
  • Unemployed: 8.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 10.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Death Valley CCD:

  • Never married: 21.9%
  • Now married: 58.1%
  • Separated: 1.3%
  • Widowed: 7.9%
  • Divorced: 12.1%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Death Valley CCD:  1.6% ($500)
California:  0.8% ($1,564)
Death Valley satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Spring Valley, NV (51.9 miles , pop. 117,390).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Las Vegas, NV (54.2 miles , pop. 478,434).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (183.7 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities: Shoshone, CA (2.7 miles) , Tecopa, CA (3.7 miles) , Pahrump, NV (3.9 miles ), Crystal, NV (4.3 miles ), Sandy Valley, NV (5.7 miles ), Mount Charleston, NV (5.8 miles ), Amargosa Valley, NV (6.2 miles ), Blue Diamond, NV (6.6 miles ).

Latitude: 36.04 N, Longitude: 116.17 W

Area code: 760

Death Valley tourist attractions:

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.9%
California:

5.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (50%)
  • Construction (14%)
  • Public administration (13%)
  • Utilities (7%)
  • Truck transportation (5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (2%)
  • Gasoline stations (2%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (33%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Health care (11%)
  • Book stores and news dealers (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • U. S. Postal service (6%)
  • Data processing, libraries, and other information services (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (11%)
  • Other protective service workers including supervisors (10%)
  • Financial clerks except bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (8%)
  • Carpenters (6%)
  • Top executives (5%)
  • Life and physical scientists (5%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Cashiers (10%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (10%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (8%)
  • Other protective service workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (7%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)

Work and jobs in Death Valley: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Death Valley, California

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Death Valley-area historical earthquake activity is near California state average. It is 784% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/28/1992 at 11:57:34, a magnitude 7.6 (6.2 MB, 7.6 MS, 7.3 MW, Depth: 0.7 mi, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 129.8 miles away from the city center, causing 3 deaths (1 shaking deaths, 2 other deaths) and 400 injuries, causing $100,000,000 total damage and $40,000,000 insured losses
On 7/21/1952 at 11:52:14, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK) earthquake occurred 174.5 miles away from Death Valley center, causing $50,000,000 total damage
On 10/16/1999 at 09:46:44, a magnitude 7.4 (6.3 MB, 7.4 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.3 ML) earthquake occurred 106.3 miles away from the city center
On 5/19/1940 at 04:36:40, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK) earthquake occurred 196.6 miles away from the city center, causing $33,000,000 total damage
On 6/28/1992 at 15:05:30, a magnitude 6.9 (6.3 MB, 6.7 MS, 6.5 MW, 6.9 ME, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 126.3 miles away from Death Valley center
On 12/21/1932 at 06:10:09, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK) earthquake occurred 200.8 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), energy magnitude (ME), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Inyo County (8) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Drought: 1, Fire: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1, Mudslide: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Death Valley:

  • PAHRUMP HEALTH AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; PAHRUMP, NV)
  • PAHRUMP DIALYSIS CENTER (DVA) (Dialysis Facility, about 15 miles away; PAHRUMP, NV)
  • DESERT VIEW REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (Hospital, about 15 miles away; PAHRUMP, NV)
  • NATHAN ADELSON HOSPICE-PAHRUMP (Hospital, about 15 miles away; PAHRUMP, NV)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Death Valley:

  • College of Southern Nevada (about 54 miles; Las Vegas, NV; Full-time enrollment: 18,996)
  • University of Nevada-Las Vegas (about 58 miles; Las Vegas, NV; FT enrollment: 21,153)
  • Nevada State College (about 70 miles; Henderson, NV; FT enrollment: 2,346)
  • Cerro Coso Community College (about 90 miles; Ridgecrest, CA; FT enrollment: 2,420)
  • Barstow Community College (about 94 miles; Barstow, CA; FT enrollment: 2,120)
  • Victor Valley College (about 125 miles; Victorville, CA; FT enrollment: 7,630)
  • Mohave Community College (about 132 miles; Kingman, AZ; FT enrollment: 3,309)

Public elementary/middle school in Death Valley:

  • DEATH VALLEY ELEMENTARY (Location: OLD GHOST RD., Grades: KG-6)

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Notable locations in Death Valley: Hog Ranch (A), Hungry Bills Ranch (B), Indian Ranch (C), Stovepipe Wells (D), Mclain Park (E), Emigrant Ranger Station (F), Mushroom Rock (G), Myers Ranch (H), Russell Camp (I), Stone Corral (J), Confidence Mill (K), National Park Service Headquarters (L), Texas Springs Campground (M), Thompson Camp (N), Thorndike Campground (O), Mesquite Spring Campground (P), Wildrose Ranger Station (Q), Wilson Ranch (R), Death Valley (S), West Side Borax Camp (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Dayton Harris Grave Monument (1), Jean Lemoigne Grave (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and swamps: Grimshaw Lake (A), Cottonball Marsh (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Emigrant Wash (A), Cow Creek (B), Confidence Wash (C), Little Grapevine Creek (D), Bradbury Wash (E), Jubilee Wash (F), Tecopa Wash (G), Potosi Wash (H), Fortymile Wash (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Death Valley include: Death Valley National Park (1), Tecopa Hot Springs County Park (2), Death Valley Junction Historic District (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Inyo County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 89.3. This is about average.

City:

89.3
U.S.:

74.7

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 18.0. This is about average. Closest monitor was 14.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

18.0
U.S.:

20.0
Average household size:
This place:  1.7 people
California:  2.9 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  33.3%
Whole state:  68.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  7.8%
Whole state:  7.2%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.7% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

12.6%
Whole state:

14.2%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

1.3%
Whole state:

6.3%
17 people in group homes intended for adults in 2010

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.2
California average:

16.1

Death Valley travel time to work - commute Death Valley mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

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2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Death Valley CCD (based on Inyo County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic4,8275
Evangelical Protestant1,49423
Mainline Protestant8455
Other6294
Black Protestant1781
None10,573-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 6
Inyo County:

3.45 / 10,000 pop.
California:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Inyo County:

0.57 / 10,000 pop.
California:

0.62 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 17
Inyo County:

9.77 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.49 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 29
Here:

16.67 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.42 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.1%
California:

7.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Inyo County:

23.1%
California:

21.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

13.9%
State:

17.9%

6.20% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($40,159 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.20%
California average:

5.03%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Mono County, CA  0.78% ($46,623 average AGI)
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.70% ($54,167)
from Kern County, CA  0.34% ($43,565)


7.11% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($44,350 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.11%
California average:

5.12%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Los Angeles County, CA  0.60% ($45,293 average AGI)
to Mono County, CA  0.47% ($40,844)
to Kern County, CA  0.35% ($47,542)

Strongest AM radio stations in Death Valley:

  • KDWN (720 AM; 50 kW; LAS VEGAS, NV; Owner: RADIO NEVADA CORP.)
  • KXNT (840 AM; 50 kW; NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KLAC (570 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KMJ (580 AM; 50 kW; FRESNO, CA; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KLSQ (870 AM; 10 kW; WHITNEY, NV; Owner: KLSQ-AM LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • KFI (640 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KENO (1460 AM; 10 kW; LAS VEGAS, NV; Owner: LOTUS BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KIRN (670 AM; 35 kW; SIMI VALLEY, CA; Owner: LOTUS OXNARD CORP.)
  • KPLS (830 AM; 50 kW; ORANGE, CA; Owner: CRN LICENSES, LLC)
  • KSFN (1140 AM; 10 kW; NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KSPN (710 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: KABC-AM RADIO, INC.)
  • KNUU (970 AM; 5 kW; PARADISE, NV; Owner: NEVADA MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • KKVV (1060 AM; 5 kW; LAS VEGAS, NV; Owner: LAS VEGAS BROADCASTERS, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Death Valley:

  • KQOL-FM (93.1 FM; LAS VEGAS, NV; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KXTE (107.5 FM; PAHRUMP, NV; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KOMP (92.3 FM; LAS VEGAS, NV; Owner: LOTUS BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KQMR (99.3 FM; INDIAN SPRINGS, NV; Owner: HBC LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • K211DC (90.1 FM; PAHRUMP, NV; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KLUC-FM (98.5 FM; LAS VEGAS, NV; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KXPT (97.1 FM; LAS VEGAS, NV; Owner: LOTUS BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KNPR (89.5 FM; LAS VEGAS, NV; Owner: NEVADA PUBLIC RADIO CORPORATION)
  • KJUL (104.3 FM; NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV; Owner: KJUL LICENSE, LLC)
  • KOAS (105.7 FM; DOLAN SPRINGS, AZ; Owner: DESERT SKY MEDIA, LLC)
  • KHYZ (99.7 FM; MOUNTAIN PASS, CA; Owner: KHWY, INC.)
  • K295AJ (106.9 FM; NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV; Owner: CSN INTERNATIONAL)
  • KIXF (101.5 FM; BAKER, CA; Owner: HIGHWAY RADIO, INC.)
  • KHRQ (94.9 FM; BAKER, CA; Owner: THE DRIVE LLC)
  • KPKK (101.1 FM; AMARGOSA VALLEY, NV; Owner: SKY MEDIA, L.L.C.)

TV broadcast stations around Death Valley:

  • K17CL (Channel 17; PAHRUMP, NV; Owner: TOWN OF PAHRUMP)
  • K19BU (Channel 19; PAHRUMP, NV; Owner: TOWN OF PAHRUMP)
  • K28CS (Channel 28; PAHRUMP, NV; Owner: TOWN OF PAHRUMP)
  • K41CQ (Channel 41; PAHRUMP, NV; Owner: VERNON VAN WINKLE tr/as KPVM-TV)
  • K24BY (Channel 24; PAHRUMP, NV; Owner: TOWN OF PAHRUMP)
  • K36BQ (Channel 36; PAHRUMP, NV; Owner: TOWN OF PAHRUMP)

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Death Valley)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

11 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

9 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in Death Valley, CA)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • ROGERSPEAK, Rogers Peak 58 Km Sw (Lat: 36.217722 Lon: -117.085889), Type: Tower, Structure height: 15.2 m, Overall height: 21.3 m, Call Sign: WNTT702
    Assigned Frequencies: 6635.00 MHzGrant Date: 09/25/2008, Expiration Date: 12/06/2018Registrant: State Of California, 601 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95811-0231, Phone: (916) 657-9437, Fax: (916) 657-9233, Email:

FCC Registered Paging Towers:

1
  • Furnace Creek Ranch (Lat: 36.459667 Lon: -116.867806), Call Sign: KNKO764, Licensee ID: L00130032
    Assigned Frequencies: 454.075 MHzGrant Date: 04/27/1999, Expiration Date: 04/01/2009, Cancellation Date: 05/23/2009, Certifier: Douglas M DurbinRegistrant: High Sierra Mobilfone\communications, 281-D E. South Street, Bishop, CA 93514-3546, Phone: (760) 873-3906, Fax: (760) 872-3033, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

4
  • Call Sign: KD6TSE, Grant Date: 03/23/1993, Expiration Date: 03/23/2003, Cancellation Date: 03/24/2005, Registrant: Marian K O Dea, Death Valley, CA 92328
  • Call Sign: KI6HNE, Licensee ID: L01238917, Grant Date: 01/25/2007, Expiration Date: 01/25/2017, Certifier: Aaron W Shandor, Registrant: Aaron W Shandor, Death Valley, CA 92328
  • Call Sign: KK6RXM, Licensee ID: L01922066, Grant Date: 02/12/2015, Expiration Date: 02/12/2025, Cancellation Date: 03/10/2015, Certifier: Paige R Prentice, Registrant: Paige R Prentice, Death Valley, CA 92328
  • Call Sign: W6PRP, Previous Call Sign: KK6RXM, Licensee ID: L01922066, Grant Date: 03/10/2015, Expiration Date: 03/10/2025, Certifier: Paige R Prentice, Registrant: Paige R Prentice, Death Valley, CA 92328

FAA Registered Aircraft:

1
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 172H (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 105 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR 0-300 SER (145 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 3289L , Serial Number: 17256189, Year manufactured: 1967
    Registrant (Individual): James C Packard, Po Box 92, Death Valley, CA 92328

Drinking water stations with addresses in Death Valley that have no violations reported:

  • NPS - DEATH VALLEY, SCOTTY S CASTLE (Population served: 850, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • NPS - DEATH VALLEY, EMIGRANT RA/CG (Population served: 150, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • NPS - DEATH VALLEY, MESQUITE SPRINGS (Population served: 35, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • NPS - DEATH VALLEY, WILDROSE CMPGD (Population served: 35, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (43%)
  • Utility gas (31%)
  • Electricity (24%)
  • Other fuel (1%)

Death Valley compared to California state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.

Death Valley on our top lists:

  • #7 on the list of "Top 100 cities with largest land areas"
  • #79 (92384) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Danish first ancestries"
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