Thermal, California

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Population in 2010: 2,865.
Males: 1,699  (59.3%)
Females: 1,166  (40.7%)
Median resident age:  29.3 years
California median age:  36.2 years
Estimated median household income in 2015: $58,292
Thermal:

$58,292
CA:

$64,500

Estimated per capita income in 2015: $24,739

Thermal CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $312,700
Thermal:

$312,700
CA:

$449,100

Mean prices in 2015: All housing units: $129,022; Detached houses: $257,816; Mobile homes: $34,347

Median gross rent in 2015: $759.

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  • Races in Thermal, CA (2010)

    Thermal races chart
    • 2,73095.3%Hispanic
    • 752.6%White alone
    • 230.8%Asian alone
    • 170.6%Black alone
    • 110.4%American Indian alone
    • 60.2%Other race alone
    • 30.1%Two or more races

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

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Thermal: 113.3 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Current Local Time: PST time zone

Elevation: -120 feet

For population 25 years and over in Thermal:

  • High school or higher: 41.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 0.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%

For population 15 years and over in Thermal CDP:

  • Never married: 37.7%
  • Now married: 49.1%
  • Separated: 5.3%
  • Widowed: 0.6%
  • Divorced: 7.3%

1,472 residents are foreign born (46.1% Latin America).

This place:

46.1%
California:

27.0%

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Coachella Valley, CA (1.3 miles , pop. 118,932).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Riverside, CA (75.4 miles , pop. 255,166).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: San Diego, CA (83.3 miles , pop. 1,223,400).

Nearest cities: Coachella Valley, CA (1.1 miles ), Coachella, CA (1.8 miles ), Vista Santa Rosa, CA (2.1 miles ), Mecca, CA (2.4 miles ), Indio, CA (2.8 miles ), La Quinta, CA (3.1 miles ), Bermuda Dunes, CA (3.3 miles ), Oasis, CA (3.5 miles ).

Latitude: 33.64 N, Longitude: 116.14 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 760

Thermal household income distribution Thermal home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

6.3%
California:

5.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (31%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (8%)
  • Health care and social assistance (8%)
  • Construction (7%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (6%)
  • Educational services (32%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (23%)
  • Wholesale trade (20%)
  • Health care and social assistance (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Retail trade (4%)
  • Other services, except public administration (0%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (31%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (15%)
  • Sales and related occupations (13%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (12%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Management occupations (3%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (29%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (26%)
  • Material moving occupations (13%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (10%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (7%)
  • Sales and related occupations (5%)

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

Earthquake activity:

Thermal-area historical earthquake activity is near California state average. It is 676% 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 43.9 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 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 62.8 miles away from Thermal center
On 5/19/1940 at 04:36:40, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK) earthquake occurred 38.6 miles away from the city center, causing $33,000,000 total damage
On 7/21/1952 at 11:52:14, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK) earthquake occurred 188.6 miles away from the city center, causing $50,000,000 total damage
On 12/31/1934 at 18:45:56, a magnitude 7.1 (7.1 UK) earthquake occurred 69.6 miles away from Thermal center
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 64.0 miles away from the city 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 Riverside County (43) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 27
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 22, Floods: 18, Storms: 8, Winter Storms: 6, Landslides: 5, Mudslides: 3, Heavy Rains: 2, Earthquake: 1, Flash Flood: 1, Freeze: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Thermal:

  • KIDNEY INSTITUTE OF THE DESERT (Dialysis Facility, about 8 miles away; INDIO, CA)
  • LA QUINTA KIDNEY CENTER, LLC (Dialysis Facility, about 11 miles away; LA QUINTA, CA)

Amtrak stations near Thermal:

  • 8 miles: INDIO (45995 MONROE ST.) - Bus Station . Services: fully wheelchair accessible, public payphones, snack bar, free short-term parking, call for taxi service.
  • 16 miles: PALM DESERT (MONTEREY AVE. & SAN GORGONIO WAY) - Bus Station . Services: fully wheelchair accessible, public payphones, snack bar, free short-term parking, call for taxi service, public transit connection.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Thermal:

  • College of the Desert (about 16 miles; Palm Desert, CA; Full-time enrollment: 5,686)
  • Mt San Jacinto Community College District (about 50 miles; San Jacinto, CA; FT enrollment: 8,426)
  • Crafton Hills College (about 62 miles; Yucaipa, CA; FT enrollment: 3,222)
  • Moreno Valley College (about 64 miles; Moreno Valley, CA; FT enrollment: 4,650)
  • University of Redlands (about 66 miles; Redlands, CA; FT enrollment: 4,854)
  • Imperial Valley College (about 68 miles; Imperial, CA; FT enrollment: 5,313)
  • California State University-San Marcos (about 69 miles; San Marcos, CA; FT enrollment: 8,070)

Public high schools in Thermal:

Public elementary/middle schools in Thermal:

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Notable locations in Thermal: American Medical Response Thermal (A), Riverside County Fire Department Station 39 Thermal (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Thermal: Thermal Ball Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Riverside 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 283. This is significantly worse than average.

City:

283
U.S.:

75

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 41.2. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 5.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

41.2
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 54.8. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 5.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

54.8
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 7.58. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 6.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.58
U.S.:

9.35
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 38.3%
(38.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 38.7% for other race residents)
Average household size:
This place:  4.2 people
California:  2.9 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  89.2%
Whole state:  68.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  9.8%
Whole state:  7.2%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.6% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households
2 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers in 2010

Educational Attainment (%) in 2015

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2015

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

24.1
California average:

15.4

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Religion statistics for Thermal CDP (based on Riverside County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic602,76551
Evangelical Protestant240,306741
Other77,581194
Mainline Protestant29,535103
Black Protestant19,17040
Orthodox3,64711
None1,216,637-
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: 330
Riverside County:

1.60 / 10,000 pop.
California:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 11
This county:

0.05 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.04 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 91
Riverside County:

0.44 / 10,000 pop.
California:

0.62 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 311
Riverside County:

1.51 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.49 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 1,125
Here:

5.45 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

7.7%
California:

7.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Riverside County:

24.5%
California:

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

15.2%
State:

17.9%

6.73% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($44,075 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.73%
California average:

5.03%

0.05% of residents moved from foreign countries ($337 average AGI)
Riverside County:

0.05%
California average:

0.07%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from San Bernardino County, CA  1.45% ($40,820 average AGI)
from Los Angeles County, CA  1.38% ($43,924)
from Orange County, CA  1.03% ($49,190)


6.01% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($39,982 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.01%
California average:

5.12%

0.06% of residents moved to foreign countries ($396 average AGI)
Riverside County:

0.06%
California average:

0.10%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to San Bernardino County, CA  1.22% ($35,688 average AGI)
to Los Angeles County, CA  0.94% ($37,493)
to Orange County, CA  0.88% ($47,472)

Strongest AM radio stations in Thermal:

  • KNWZ (970 AM; 5 kW; COACHELLA, CA; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KNWQ (1140 AM; 10 kW; PALM SPRINGS, CA; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KFMB (760 AM; 50 kW; SAN DIEGO, CA; Owner: MIDWEST TELEVISION, INC.)
  • KCMJ (1270 AM; 5 kW; THOUSAND PALMS, CA; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KESQ (1400 AM; 1 kW; INDIO, CA; Owner: GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST CO.)
  • KPSI (920 AM; 5 kW; PALM SPRINGS, CA; Owner: R & R RADIO CORPORATION)
  • KCBQ (1170 AM; 50 kW; SAN DIEGO, CA; Owner: RADIO 1210, INC.)
  • KPLS (830 AM; 50 kW; ORANGE, CA; Owner: CRN LICENSES, LLC)
  • KXPS (1010 AM; 4 kW; THOUSAND PALMS, 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.)
  • KSPN (710 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: KABC-AM RADIO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Thermal:

  • KRCK-FM (97.7 FM; MECCA, CA; Owner: PLAYA DEL SOL BROADCASTERS)
  • 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)
  • KLRD (90.1 FM; YUCAIPA, CA; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • KATY-FM (101.3 FM; IDYLLWILD, CA; Owner: ALL PRO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KPSC (88.5 FM; PALM SPRINGS, CA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA)
  • KLVJ (100.1 FM; JULIAN, CA; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • KKUU (92.7 FM; INDIO, CA; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • K201AR (88.1 FM; BANNING, CA; Owner: KSGN, INC.)
  • K232CX (94.3 FM; DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KZAL (105.5 FM; DESERT CENTER, CA; Owner: WORLDWIDE MULTI-MEDIA B/C CO.)
  • KRTM (88.9 FM; TEMECULA, CA; Owner: PENFOLD COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KYOR (106.9 FM; YUCCA VALLEY, CA; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KUOR-FM (89.1 FM; REDLANDS, CA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS)
  • KWVE (107.9 FM; SAN CLEMENTE, CA; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF COSTA MESA)
  • KLOB (94.7 FM; THOUSAND PALMS, CA; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • K280CV (103.9 FM; CATHEDRAL CITY, CA; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KPLM (106.1 FM; PALM SPRINGS, CA; Owner: R M BROADCASTING L.L.C.)

TV broadcast stations around Thermal:

  • KESQ-TV (Channel 42; PALM SPRINGS, CA; Owner: GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST COMPANY)
  • K19DH (Channel 19; INDIO, CA; Owner: DESERT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KDFX-CA (Channel 33; INDIO/PALM SPRINGS, CA; Owner: PACIFIC MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 6Number of bridges
  • 46m151ftTotal length
  • 66,342Total average daily traffic
  • 11,891Total average daily truck traffic

Drinking water stations with addresses in Thermal and their reported violations in the past:

AMEZCUA - GARCIA WATER (Population served: 250, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In FEB-2013, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (APR-24-2013)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In MAR-2005, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (APR-04-2005)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In MAR-2005, Contaminant: Coliform
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In MAR-2005, Contaminant: Coliform
Past monitoring violations:
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - In NOV-14-2001, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-14-2001), St Formal NOV issued (SEP-17-2002)
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - In NOV-14-2001, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - In NOV-14-2001, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule
TEQUILA MARKET (Population served: 150, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
HADLEY DATE GARDENS (Population served: 40, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
PEREZ WATER (Population served: 30, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - In NOV-14-2001, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - In NOV-14-2001, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Admin Penalty assessed (OCT-17-2001), St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-14-2001)

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

  • LA HACIENDA/GONZALES WATER SYS (Population served: 75, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 12
See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Thermal, CA

Businesses in Thermal, CA

  • True Value: 1
  • U-Haul: 1

Thermal compared to California state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.

Thermal on our top lists:

  • #19 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Central America (population 500+)"
  • #19 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Mexico (population 500+)"
  • #34 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Americas (population 500+)"
  • #34 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Latin America (population 500+)"
  • #45 on the list of "Top 100 cities with lowest ratio of median house value to median household income"
  • #3 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest lead air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #11 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic adherents"
  • #11 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #12 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest carbon monoxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
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