Desert Shores, California

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Population in 2010: 1,104.
Population change since 2000: +39.4%
Males: 661  (59.9%)
Females: 443  (40.1%)
Median resident age:

27.0 years
California median age:

36.5 years

Zip codes: 92274.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $34,792 (it was $24,712 in 2000)
Desert Shores:

$34,792
CA:

$71,805

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $11,758 (it was $8,352 in 2000)

Desert Shores CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $81,022 (it was $48,900 in 2000)
Desert Shores:

$81,022
CA:

$509,400

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $105,298; detached houses: $155,411; mobile homes: $57,280

Median gross rent in 2017: $490.

March 2019 cost of living index in Desert Shores: 91.8 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 36.5%
(13.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 40.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 19.8% for other race residents)
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  • Races in Desert Shores, CA (2010)
    • 84876.8%Hispanic
    • 22019.9%White alone
    • 141.3%Two or more races
    • 111.0%American Indian alone
    • 40.4%Black alone
    • 40.4%Asian alone
    • 20.2%Other race alone
    • 10.09%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

Races in Desert Shores detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of California and other state lists, there were 2 registered sex offenders living in Desert Shores, California as of May 31, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Desert Shores is 593 to 1.


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Ancestries: Nigerian (5.2%), Jordanian (2.4%), Scottish (1.9%), Swedish (1.4%), Portuguese (1.1%).

Current Local Time: PST time zone

Elevation: -200 feet

Land area: 0.66 square miles.

Population density: 1,684 people per square mile   (low).

Desert Shores, California map

260 residents are foreign born (22.2% Latin America).

This place:

26.1%
California:

27.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $2,086 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,184 (2.2%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Coachella Valley, CA (18.3 miles , pop. 118,932).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: San Diego, CA (77.2 miles , pop. 1,223,400).

Nearest cities:

Salton Sea Beach, CA (1.6 miles ),
Oasis, CA (2.3 miles ),
Salton City, CA (2.9 miles ),
Mecca, CA (3.5 miles ),
West Imperial, CA (3.6 miles ),
Thermal, CA (4.2 miles ),
Coachella Valley, CA (4.3 miles ),
Bombay Beach, CA (4.3 miles )

Latitude: 33.40 N, Longitude: 116.04 W

Distribution of median household income in Desert Shores, CA in 2017
Distribution of house value in Desert Shores, CA in 2017
Desert Shores satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

17.8%
California:

4.6%
Most common industries in Desert Shores, CA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (50.4%)
  • Groceries & related products merchant wholesalers (17.3%)
  • Educational services (5.4%)
  • Construction (3.8%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (3.5%)
  • Gasoline stations (3.1%)
  • Public administration (3.1%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (62.2%)
  • Groceries & related products merchant wholesalers (14.6%)
  • Construction (6.1%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (5.5%)
  • Public administration (4.9%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (3.7%)
  • Farm supplies merchant wholesalers (3.0%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (30.2%)
  • Groceries & related products merchant wholesalers (21.9%)
  • Educational services (14.6%)
  • Gasoline stations (8.3%)
  • Food & beverage stores (6.3%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (6.3%)
  • Health care (6.3%)
Most common occupations in Desert Shores, CA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (60.8%)
  • Cashiers (5.4%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.2%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (3.8%)
  • Other material moving workers, except laborers (3.5%)
  • Law enforcement workers, including supervisors (3.1%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (2.7%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (72.6%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (6.1%)
  • Other material moving workers, except laborers (5.5%)
  • Law enforcement workers, including supervisors (4.9%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.7%)
  • Carpenters (3.0%)
  • Construction laborers (2.4%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (40.6%)
  • Cashiers (14.6%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (11.5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (7.3%)
  • Other teachers, instructors, education, training, and library occupations (7.3%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (6.3%)
  • Accountants and auditors (6.3%)

Average climate in Desert Shores, California

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI Ozone PM10
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 154. This is significantly worse than average.

City:

154
U.S.:

74
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 40.3. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 12.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

40.3
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 44.4. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 11.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

44.4
U.S.:

19.6

Earthquake activity:

Desert Shores-area historical earthquake activity is near California state average. It is 659% 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 60.9 miles away from Desert Shores 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 5/19/1940 at 04:36:40, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK) earthquake occurred 23.5 miles away from the city center, causing $33,000,000 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 80.2 miles away from the city center
On 12/31/1934 at 18:45:56, a magnitude 7.1 (7.1 UK) earthquake occurred 52.3 miles away from the city center
On 7/21/1952 at 11:52:14, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK) earthquake occurred 202.1 miles away from the city center, causing $50,000,000 total damage
On 10/15/1979 at 23:16:54, a magnitude 7.0 (5.7 MB, 6.9 MS, 7.0 ML, 6.4 MW) earthquake occurred 46.9 miles away from Desert Shores center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Imperial County (9) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Winter Storms: 3, Earthquakes: 2, Landslides: 2, Freeze: 1, Hurricane: 1, Storm: 1, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Desert Shores topographic map

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Desert Shores:

  • College of the Desert (about 31 miles; Palm Desert, CA; Full-time enrollment: 5,686)
  • Imperial Valley College (about 51 miles; Imperial, CA; FT enrollment: 5,313)
  • Mt San Jacinto Community College District (about 61 miles; San Jacinto, CA; FT enrollment: 8,426)
  • California State University-San Marcos (about 68 miles; San Marcos, CA; FT enrollment: 8,070)
  • Palomar College (about 69 miles; San Marcos, CA; FT enrollment: 15,037)
  • Grossmont College (about 70 miles; El Cajon, CA; FT enrollment: 10,461)
  • Cuyamaca College (about 70 miles; El Cajon, CA; FT enrollment: 4,270)

Points of interest:

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Notable location: West Shore Ambulance Service (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Imperial County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential
Average household size:
This place:

3.2 people
California:

2.9 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

71.2%
Whole state:

68.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

8.7%
Whole state:

7.2%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

For population 15 years and over in Desert Shores:

Marital status in Desert Shores, CA
  • Never married: 31.1%
  • Now married: 48.1%
  • Separated: 1.7%
  • Widowed: 11.5%
  • Divorced: 7.5%

For population 25 years and over in Desert Shores:

  • High school or higher: 47.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 12.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 10.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.1 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

18.3
California average:

15.0

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Desert Shores, CA (based on Imperial County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic49,22612
Evangelical Protestant12,70780
Other3,63314
Mainline Protestant1,13712
Black Protestant6695
None107,156-
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: 40
This county:

2.49 / 10,000 pop.
California:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Imperial County:

0.06 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.04 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 10
This county:

0.62 / 10,000 pop.
California:

0.62 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 52
This county:

3.23 / 10,000 pop.
California:

1.49 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 78
Imperial County:

4.85 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.42 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

6.9%
California:

7.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Imperial County:

25.4%
State:

21.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Imperial County:

16.6%
California:

17.9%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

47.2%
State:

48.8%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

44.1%
State:

47.1%

Average BMI:
Here:

28.6
California:

28.1

People feeling badly about themselves:
Desert Shores:

22.6%
California:

20.9%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Desert Shores:

10.0%
California:

11.4%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Desert Shores:

6.9
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

33.1%
California:

31.3%

General health condition:
This city:

51.1%
State:

55.7%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

77.4%
California:

80.6%

More about Health and Nutrition of Desert Shores, CA Residents

3.73% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($33,923 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.73%
California average:

5.03%

0.03% of residents moved from foreign countries ($464 average AGI)
Imperial County:

0.03%
California average:

0.07%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from San Diego County, CA  0.74% ($43,985 average AGI)
from Riverside County, CA  0.73% ($27,962)
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.33% ($28,601)


4.92% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($41,708 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.92%
California average:

5.21%

0.63% of residents moved to foreign countries ($8,215 average AGI)
Imperial County:

0.63%
California average:

0.09%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to San Diego County, CA  0.92% ($44,971 average AGI)
to Riverside County, CA  0.66% ($32,424)
to Yuma County, AZ  0.36% ($35,680)

Strongest AM radio stations in Desert Shores:

  • KFMB (760 AM; 50 kW; SAN DIEGO, CA; Owner: MIDWEST TELEVISION, INC.)
  • KNWZ (970 AM; 5 kW; COACHELLA, CA; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KCBQ (1170 AM; 50 kW; SAN DIEGO, CA; Owner: RADIO 1210, INC.)
  • KPLS (830 AM; 50 kW; ORANGE, CA; Owner: CRN LICENSES, LLC)
  • KNWQ (1140 AM; 10 kW; PALM SPRINGS, CA; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KLAC (570 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KFI (640 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KTNQ (1020 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: KTNQ-AM LICENSE CORP.)
  • KPRZ (1210 AM; 20 kW; SAN MARCOS, CA; Owner: RADIO 1210, INC.)
  • KPSI (920 AM; 5 kW; PALM SPRINGS, CA; Owner: R & R RADIO CORPORATION)
  • KSPN (710 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: KABC-AM RADIO, INC.)
  • KXTA (1150 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KDIS (1110 AM; 50 kW; PASADENA, CA; Owner: ABC,INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Desert Shores:

  • KLVJ (100.1 FM; JULIAN, CA; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • KRCK-FM (97.7 FM; MECCA, CA; Owner: PLAYA DEL SOL BROADCASTERS)
  • KZAL (105.5 FM; DESERT CENTER, CA; Owner: WORLDWIDE MULTI-MEDIA B/C CO.)
  • KLRD (90.1 FM; YUCAIPA, CA; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • KRTM (88.9 FM; TEMECULA, CA; Owner: PENFOLD COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KATY-FM (101.3 FM; IDYLLWILD, CA; Owner: ALL PRO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K201AR (88.1 FM; BANNING, CA; Owner: KSGN, INC.)
  • K232CX (94.3 FM; DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KYOR (106.9 FM; YUCCA VALLEY, CA; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KCLB-FM (93.7 FM; COACHELLA, CA; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KCRI (89.3 FM; INDIO, CA; Owner: SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DIST.)
  • KJJZ (102.3 FM; INDIO, CA; Owner: R M BROADCASTING L.L.C.)
  • KUNA-FM (96.7 FM; LA QUINTA, CA; Owner: GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST COMPANY)
  • KPSC (88.5 FM; PALM SPRINGS, CA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA)

Desert Shores fatal accident list:

Aug 29, 2015 03:33 PM, Sr-86, Desert Shores Dr, Lat: 33.405469, Lon: -116.045889, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 8, Fatalities: 1
Sep 12, 2012 03:51 PM, Sr-86, Lat: 33.411431, Lon: -116.047369, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 22Number of bridges
  • 105ft / 31.9mTotal length
  • 201,000Total average daily traffic
  • 51,966Total average daily truck traffic
  • 326,380Total future (year 2037) average daily traffic
New bridges in Desert Shores, CA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 41970-1979
  • 111980-1989
  • 71990-1999
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Desert Shores, CA

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

8 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Desert Shores)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

3
  • NORTH SALTON, 3842 Scott (Lat: 33.407389 Lon: -116.045528), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 59.4 m, Call Sign: WQHT264,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6004.50 MHz, 5945.20 MHz, 5974.85 MHz, 6123.10 MHz, 6785.00 MHz, 6815.00 MHz, 6004.50 MHz, 5945.20 MHz, 5974.85 MHz, 6123.10 MHz... (+25 more), Grant Date: 09/26/2017, Expiration Date: 10/30/2027, Certifier: Pamelia Y Hoof, Registrant: Verizon Wireless, 5055 North Point Pkwy Np2ne Network Engineering, Alpharetta, GA 30022, Phone: (770) 797-1070, Fax: (678) 259-1319, Email:
  • SD06567A, 3842 Scott (Lat: 33.407389 Lon: -116.045528), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 59.4 m, Call Sign: WQUX425,
    Assigned Frequencies: 10735.0 MHz, Grant Date: 11/06/2014, Expiration Date: 11/06/2024, Certifier: David Werblow, Registrant: T-Mobile Usa, Inc., 12920 Se 38th Street, Bellevue, WA 98006, Phone: (425) 383-8401, Fax: (425) 383-4040, Email:
  • SD72XC048, 3842 Scott (Lat: 33.407389 Lon: -116.045528), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 59.4 m, Call Sign: WQXX922, Licensee ID: L01744207,
    Assigned Frequencies: 11405.0 MHz, 10775.0 MHz, 11405.0 MHz, 10775.0 MHz, 11405.0 MHz, 10775.0 MHz, 11405.0 MHz, 10775.0 MHz, 11405.0 MHz, 10775.0 MHz... (+6 more), Grant Date: 07/11/2016, Expiration Date: 07/11/2026, Certifier: Kyle B Entz, Registrant: Sprint Telephony Pcs, LLC

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: WB0GMT, Grant Date: 03/16/1993, Expiration Date: 03/16/2003, Cancellation Date: 03/17/2005, Registrant: Marvin J Bramham, 607 Black Diamond Rd, Desert Shores, CA 92274

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2007
(Based on 1 partial tract)
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
NumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1$72,330
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$0
Choose year:  2007 2006 2005

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0123.02

Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Desert Shores, CA
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Desert Shores, CA - Value
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Desert Shores, CA
  • 58.7%Electricity
  • 22.6%Utility gas
  • 9.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 9.1%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Desert Shores, CA
  • 95.1%Electricity
  • 4.9%No fuel used


Desert Shores compared to California state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
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