Thermal, California

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Population in 2010: 2,865.
Males: 730  (25.5%)
Females: 2,135  (74.5%)
Median resident age:

35.6 years
California median age:

37.9 years
Estimated median household income in 2022: $86,748
Thermal:

$86,748
CA:

$91,551

Estimated per capita income in 2022: $35,468

Thermal CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2022: $555,400
Thermal:

$555,400
CA:

$715,900

Mean prices in 2022: all housing units: $182,665; detached houses: $253,755; mobile homes: $69,688

Median gross rent in 2022: $1,303.

March 2022 cost of living index in Thermal: 80.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2022: 23.1%
(35.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 22.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 13.0% for other race residents, 47.6% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Thermal, CA (2022)
    • 1,34397.6%Hispanic
    • 554.0%White alone
    • 50.4%Asian alone
    • 10.07%Black alone



According to our research of California and other state lists, there were 18 registered sex offenders living in Thermal, California as of June 23, 2024.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Thermal is 137 to 1.


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Ancestries: European (10.3%), Armenian (1.7%).

Current Local Time: PST time zone

Elevation: -120 feet

729 residents are foreign born (50.6% Latin America).

This place:

52.9%
California:

26.5%

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

Distribution of median household income in Thermal, CA in 2022
Distribution of house value in Thermal, CA in 2022
Unemployment in December 2023:
Here:

5.2%
California:

5.1%
Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI Ozone PM10 PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2023 was 201. This is significantly worse than average.

City:

201
U.S.:

73
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2023 was 41.4. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 5.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

41.4
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2022 was 58.6. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 5.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

58.6
U.S.:

19.2
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2022 was 10.4. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 6.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

10.4
U.S.:

8.1

Earthquake activity:

Thermal-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above California state average. It is 6586% 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 the city 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 the city 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 (46) is a lot greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 27
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 22, Floods: 20, Storms: 8, Winter Storms: 8, Landslides: 6, Mudslides: 5, Heavy Rains: 2, Earthquake: 1, Flash Flood: 1, Freeze: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Other: 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:

See full list of schools located in Thermal

Points of interest:

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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

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)
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

For population 15 years and over in Thermal:

Marital status in Thermal, CA
  • Never married: 47.7%
  • Now married: 28.5%
  • Separated: 4.1%
  • Widowed: 18.1%
  • Divorced: 1.7%

For population 25 years and over in Thermal:

  • High school or higher: 37.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 0.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 47.1 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2022
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2022
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

22.2
California average:

15.5

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2022
Means of transportation to work in 2022 - Thermal
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Thermal, CA (based on Riverside County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
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
This county:

1.60 / 10,000 pop.
California:

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

0.05 / 10,000 pop.
California:

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
This county:

1.51 / 10,000 pop.
California:

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

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%
State:

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

15.2%
California:

17.9%

7.19% of this county's 2021 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2020 ($71,521 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.19%
California average:

5.19%

0.03% of residents moved from foreign countries ($210 average AGI)
Riverside County:

0.03%
California average:

0.03%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2020 and 2021:
from Los Angeles County, CA  1.67% ($73,820 average AGI)
from San Bernardino County, CA  1.37% ($58,630)
from Orange County, CA  1.13% ($77,838)


6.28% of this county's 2020 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2021 ($64,593 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.28%
California average:

6.14%

0.02% of residents moved to foreign countries ($200 average AGI)
Riverside County:

0.02%
California average:

0.02%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2020 and 2021:
to San Bernardino County, CA  1.11% ($52,713 average AGI)
to Los Angeles County, CA  0.72% ($54,847)
to Orange County, CA  0.62% ($70,371)

Businesses in Thermal, CA

  • True Value: 1
  • U-Haul: 1

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)
Thermal fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2021
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2021
See more detailed statistics of Thermal fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2021 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 9Number of bridges
  • 190ft / 57.5mTotal length
  • 195,720Total average daily traffic
  • 15,512Total average daily truck traffic

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Thermal)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

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

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

20 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers in Thermal, CA)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

40 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)

FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers:

14 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

7
  • Call Sign: KA6DOV, Grant Date: 03/29/1994, Expiration Date: 03/29/2004, Cancellation Date: 03/30/2006, Registrant: Murle F Mattern, Thermal, CA 92274

  • Call Sign: KA6PGN, Licensee ID: L00247475, Grant Date: 05/08/2017, Expiration Date: 07/29/2027, Certifier: Michael W Brennan, Registrant: Michael W Brennan, 3004 Comino Dr, Thermal, CA 92274

  • Call Sign: KA6VKF, Licensee ID: L00607014, Grant Date: 07/06/2017, Expiration Date: 07/29/2027, Certifier: Laura M Brennan, Registrant: Laura M Brennan, 3004 Camino Drive, Thermal, CA 92274

  • Call Sign: KC6GWP, Licensee ID: L00273857, Grant Date: 09/14/2010, Expiration Date: 09/14/2020, Cancellation Date: 09/15/2022, Registrant: Richard E Brown, 2840 Treadwell Blvd, Thermal, CA 92274

  • Call Sign: KF6WOW, Licensee ID: L00503620, Grant Date: 05/05/2009, Expiration Date: 06/10/2019, Cancellation Date: 06/11/2021, Certifier: Sandra J Fehrenbach, Registrant: Sandra J Fehrenbach, 2869 Dione St, Thermal, CA 92274

  • Call Sign: N6QFJ, Licensee ID: L01313960, Grant Date: 10/11/2017, Expiration Date: 11/07/2027, Certifier: Jose L Gomez, Registrant: Jose L Gomez, 62610 Monroe St, Thermal, CA 92274

  • Call Sign: KI6RPW, Licensee ID: L01409842, Grant Date: 06/19/2008, Expiration Date: 06/19/2018, Cancellation Date: 06/20/2020, Certifier: Albert D Hinojosa Iii, Registrant: Albert D Hinojosa Iii, 82884 Beckman Dr, Thermal, CA 92274



FAA Registered Aircraft:

18 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Thermal)

2005 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2005 - 2018 the average number of fire incidents per year is 14. The highest number of fires - 51 took place in 2007, and the least - 2 in 2005. The data has a growing trend.
    Fire incident types in Thermal, CA When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Outside Fires (45.8%), and Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires (34.0%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Thermal, CA
    • 9345.8%Outside Fires
    • 6934.0%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 3718.2%Structure Fires
    • 42.0%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Thermal, CA
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Thermal, CA
  • 81.2%Electricity
  • 15.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 3.5%Utility gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Thermal, CA
  • 43.1%Electricity
  • 30.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 26.1%Utility gas


Thermal compared to California state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students below 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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