Downey, California Population 2021

109,548
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Downey is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 109,548, it is the 63rd largest city in California and the 283rd largest city in the United States. Downey is currently declining at a rate of -0.72% annually and its population has decreased by -1.99% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 111,772 in 2010. Downey reached it's highest population of 113,260 in 2015. Spanning over 13 miles, Downey has a population density of 8,829 people per square mile.

The average household income in Downey is $92,370 with a poverty rate of 8.84%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,462 per month, and the median house value is $569,300. The median age in Downey is 35.6 years, 34.4 years for males, and 37.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 95.2 males.

Downey Demographics

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

  • White: 61.13%
  • Other race: 25.10%
  • Asian: 6.89%
  • Black or African American: 3.38%
  • Two or more races: 2.83%
  • Native American: 0.51%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.15%
The current population of Downey, California is 109,548, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 111,915.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 111,772.

Downey, California Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White68,66061.13%
Some Other Race28,19825.10%
Asian7,7366.89%
Black or African American3,8003.38%
Two or More Races3,1792.83%
American Indian and Alaska Native5750.51%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1740.15%
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Downey Population by Race

Downey Population Pyramid 2021

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Downey Median Age

35.6


Total

34.4


Male

37.1


Female

Downey Adults

There are 85,713 adults, (13,471 of whom are seniors) in Downey.

Downey Age Dependency

55.5

Age Dependency Ratio

18.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Downey Sex Ratio

Female

57,546

51.23%

Male

54,776

48.77%

Downey Population by Age

Downey Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Downey Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married57.9%42.1%
All49.9%50.1%
Male46.5%53.5%
Non Family41.4%58.6%
Female39.4%60.6%

49.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Downey Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All33,0453.3849.9
Married17,0103.9357.9
Female6,888439.4
Non Family6,7081.2741.4
Male2,4393.5546.5

3.77

Average Family Size

3.38

Average Household Size

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Downey Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade8,31311.13%
9th to 12th Grade6,9259.27%
High School Graduate18,48324.74%
Some College17,34423.22%
Associates Degree6,1518.23%
Bachelors Degree12,18616.31%
Graduate Degree5,2997.09%
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Downey Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Downey Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic52,43538,9319,749
Other Race17,78412,9842,857
White12,82811,9763,563
Asian6,4085,8063,424
Black2,4132,197627
Multiple Races1,4371,188458
Native American37232055
Islander1059126

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.36%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 53.43%.

Downey Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$39,958$44,081$35,807
Less Than High School$28,069$32,019$20,101
High School Grad$34,413$40,785$28,120
Some College$39,998$45,965$34,852
Bachelors Degree$52,714$53,971$49,704
Graduate Degree$77,091$85,291$74,438

$39,958

Average Earnings

$44,081

Average Male

$35,807

Average Female

Downey Earnings by Educational Attainment

Downey Language by Age

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Downey Language

31.34% of Downey residents speak only English, while 68.66% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 60.53% of the population.

Downey Language

Downey Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic83,6227,1378.53%
Other28,0511,8686.66%
White15,4151,4709.54%
Black3,74473819.71%
Asian7,7094706.10%
Multiple3,1692768.71%
Islander1744425.29%
Native548193.47%

8.84%

Overall Poverty Rate

7.55%

Male Poverty Rate

10.06%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Downey

The race most likely to be in poverty in Downey is Islander, with 25.29% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Downey is Native, with 3.47% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.89%. Among those working part-time, it was 10.00%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 15.65%.

Downey Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School13.65%
High School7.72%
Some College6.41%
Bachelors or Greater4.33%

Downey Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed21.73%
Male Unemployed16.22%
Female Employed4.49%
Male Employed3.49%

Downey Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Downey Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$75,878$92,370
Families$79,361$96,681
Married Families$89,038$110,651
Non Families$47,618$60,871
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Income by Household Type

Downey Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

44.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.7%

Male Marriage Rate

41.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Downey Married by Age and Sex

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Downey Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Downey Marital Status by Race

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Downey Marital Status

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2,488

Number of Veterans

2,304

Male Veterans

184

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam859
First Gulf War567
Second Gulf War402
World War II166
Korea125

Downey Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 54795
65 to 74593
75+504
55 to 64414
18 to 34182

Downey Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,8813.56%
Hispanic1,1551.88%
Other2921.40%
Black1545.43%
Asian1011.48%
2 or More372.08%
Indian236.17%

Downey Veterans by Race

Downey Veterans by Education

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1.42%

Veteran Poverty Rate

23.63%

Veteran Disability Rate

Downey Veterans by Education

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65.9%

Labor Force Participation

62.4%

Employment Rate

5.2%

Unemployment Rate

Downey Employment by Age

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Downey Employment by Race

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Downey Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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61.04%

Born in California

67.35%

Native Born

32.65%

Foreign Born

12.67%

Non Citizen

19.98%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

67.35% of Downey residents were born in the United States, with 61.04% having been born in California. 12.67% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Downey Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021109,548-789-0.72%
2020110,337-789-0.71%
2019111,126-789-0.70%
2018111,915-511-0.45%
2017112,426-470-0.42%
2016112,896-364-0.32%
2015113,2601690.15%
2014113,0912330.21%
2013112,8582760.25%
2012112,5823670.33%
2011112,2154300.38%
2010111,7854,4620.41%
2000107,32315,8791.61%
199091,4448,8421.02%
198082,602-5,971-0.70%
197088,5736,0680.71%
196082,50573,10511.47%
19409,4008,3005.51%
19001,1008637.98%
18802370.00%

Downey Population by Year