Cottonwood, California Population 2024

2,483

Cottonwood is a city located in Kern County California. Cottonwood has a 2024 population of 2,483. Cottonwood is currently declining at a rate of -6.02% annually and its population has decreased by -20.44% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 3,121 in 2020.

The average household income in Cottonwood is $40,804 with a poverty rate of 46.65%. The median age in Cottonwood is 22.3 years: 23.4 years for males, and 19.6 years for females.

Cottonwood Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Cottonwood was:

  • White: 56.32%
  • Black or African American: 22.88%
  • Two or more races: 10.56%
  • Other race: 10.24%
  • Native American: 0%
  • Asian: 0%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
0.4 sq mi
Density (mi²)
6,320.0/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-20.44% (-638)
The current population of Cottonwood, California is 2,483 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates (released May 2024). The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 3,121.

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White1,57856.32%
Black or African American64122.88%
Two or more races29610.56%
Other race28710.24%
Native American00%
Asian00%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander00%

White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Other race

Native American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Cottonwood Population by Race

Cottonwood Population Pyramid 2024

Cottonwood Median Age

22.3

Total

23.4

Male

19.6

Female

Cottonwood Adults

There are 1,509 adults, (203 of whom are seniors) in Cottonwood.

Cottonwood Age Dependency

114.5

Age Dependency Ratio

15.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

99

Child Dependency Ratio

Cottonwood Sex Ratio

Female1,49853.46%
Male1,30446.54%

Cottonwood Population by Age

Cottonwood Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All7513.7320.479.6
Female3384.720100
Married2673.6149.850.2
Non Family9508.491.6
Male512.9223.576.5

3.95

Average Family Size

3.73

Average Household Size

20.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Cottonwood Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
9th to 12th Grade20317.09%
Associates Degree826.9%
Bachelors Degree00%
Graduate Degree766.4%
High School Graduate42035.35%
Less Than 9th Grade33828.45%
Some College695.81%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Cottonwood Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Cottonwood Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
Hispanic7743280
Black29223843
White124670
2+ Races843333
Other Race5800

The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 81.51%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among 2+ races people with a rate of 39.29%.

Cottonwood Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Bachelors Degree$0$0$0
Graduate Degree$0$0$0
High School Graduate$35,313$0$0
Less Than 9th Grade$20,875$19,750$21,313
Overall$23,522$24,533$20,969
Some College$0$0$0

$23,522

Average Earnings

$24,533

Average Male

$20,969

Average Female

Cottonwood Earnings by Educational Attainment

Cottonwood Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Cottonwood Language

35.54% of Cottonwood residents speak only English, while 64.46% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 62.58% of the population.

Cottonwood Language

Cottonwood Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Hispanic1,90985945%
Multiple296296100%
Black64124337.91%
Other28722578.4%
White1244233.87%

46.65%

Overall Poverty Rate

36.89%

Male Poverty Rate

55.14%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Cottonwood

The race most likely to be in poverty in Cottonwood is Multiple, with 100% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Cottonwood is White, with 33.87% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 29.27%. Among those working part-time, it was 35.83%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 34.5%.

Cottonwood Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Bachelors or Greater43.42%
Less Than 9th Grade39.56%
High School17.38%
Some College15.23%

Cottonwood Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Employed65.88%
Female Unemployed48.85%
Male Employed11.73%
Male Unemployed0%

Cottonwood Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Cottonwood Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Families$30,263$42,230
Households$36,467$40,804
Married Families-$-999,999,999
Non Families$12,083$14,978

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Cottonwood Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

30.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

33.3%

Male Marriage Rate

28.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Cottonwood Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Cottonwood Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Cottonwood Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Cottonwood Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

82

Number of Veterans

82

Male Veterans

0

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Second Gulf War0
First Gulf War0
Vietnam0
Korea0
World War II0

Cottonwood Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
75+82
18 to 340
35 to 540
55 to 640
65 to 740

Cottonwood Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
Black8226.89%

Cottonwood Veterans by Race

Cottonwood Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

0%

Veteran Poverty Rate

0%

Veteran Disability Rate

Cottonwood Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

52.5%

Labor Force Participation

40.1%

Employment Rate

23.5%

Unemployment Rate

Cottonwood Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Cottonwood Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Cottonwood Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

75.59%

Born in Cottonwood

76.98%

Native Born

23.02%

Foreign Born

18.74%

Non Citizen

4.28%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

76.98% of Cottonwood residents were born in the United States, with 75.59% having been born in California. 18.74% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Cottonwood Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20242,483-159-6.02%
20232,642-160-5.71%
20222,802-579-17.13%
20213,3812608.33%
20203,12100%

Cottonwood Population by Year