Needles, California Population 2024

4,795

Needles is a city located in San Bernardino County California. Needles has a 2024 population of 4,795. Needles is currently declining at a rate of -0.64% annually and its population has decreased by -2.56% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 4,921 in 2020.

The average household income in Needles is $66,748 with a poverty rate of 29.25%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Needles is 48.8 years, 49.2 years for males, and 48.3 years for females.

Needles Demographics

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

  • White: 65.43%
  • Two or more races: 16.47%
  • Native American: 11.2%
  • Black or African American: 3.33%
  • Other race: 2.43%
  • Asian: 0.88%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.27%
Land Area (mi²)
30.6 sq mi
Density (mi²)
156.80/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-2.56% (-126)
The current population of Needles, California is 4,795 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 4,921.

Needles, California Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White3,20365.43%
Two or more races80616.47%
Native American54811.2%
Black or African American1633.33%
Other race1192.43%
Asian430.88%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander130.27%

White

Two or more races

Native American

Black or African American

Other race

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Needles Population by Race

Needles Population Pyramid 2024

Needles Median Age

48.8

Total

49.2

Male

48.3

Female

Needles Adults

There are 3,917 adults, (1,055 of whom are seniors) in Needles.

Needles Age Dependency

71

Age Dependency Ratio

36.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Needles Sex Ratio

Female2,39048.83%
Male2,50551.17%

Needles Population by Age

Needles Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All2,0162.4357.642.4
Married8502.8880.219.8
Non Family6481.2838.961.1
Female3733.3742.457.6
Male1452.4748.351.7

2.88

Average Family Size

2.43

Average Household Size

57.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Needles Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1544.22%
9th to 12th Grade59516.31%
High School Graduate1,23033.71%
Some College1,10730.34%
Associates Degree2075.67%
Bachelors Degree2567.02%
Graduate Degree1002.74%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Needles Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Needles Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White1,9651,664159
Hispanic1,201847105
2+ Races61540353
Native American29524444
Black13511324
Other Race95559
Asian432928
Islander13130

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 65.12%.

Needles Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Overall$39,063$40,767$36,164
Less Than 9th Grade$0$0$23,510
High School Graduate$29,123$31,146$28,274
Some College$44,808$46,250$43,977
Bachelors Degree$61,010$113,100$60,433
Graduate Degree$123,109$0$0

$39,063

Average Earnings

$40,767

Average Male

$36,164

Average Female

Needles Earnings by Educational Attainment

Needles Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Needles Language

88.85% of Needles residents speak only English, while 11.15% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 9.24% of the population.

Needles Language

Needles Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White2,52559023.37%
Multiple80647358.68%
Hispanic1,55946029.51%
Native54813424.45%
Black16310363.19%
Other1192420.17%
Asian431432.56%

29.25%

Overall Poverty Rate

28.1%

Male Poverty Rate

30.46%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Needles

The race most likely to be in poverty in Needles is Black, with 63.19% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Needles is Other, with 20.17% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.43%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.42%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 38.71%.

Needles Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade54.21%
Some College25.8%
High School13.98%
Bachelors or Greater0%

Needles Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed84.48%
Male Unemployed21.54%
Female Employed16.99%
Male Employed6.73%

Needles Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Needles Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Households$38,368$66,748
Families$54,828$76,251
Married Families$80,625$-999,999,999
Non Families$25,132$44,617

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Needles Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

45.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.1%

Male Marriage Rate

45.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Needles Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Needles Marriage

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

Needles Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Needles Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

385

Number of Veterans

323

Male Veterans

62

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam106
Korea64
Second Gulf War34
First Gulf War28
World War II5

Needles Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
75+153
65 to 7481
55 to 6459
35 to 5458
18 to 3434

Needles Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White2509.58%
Hispanic17814.29%
2+ Races548.12%
Black3626.67%
Other Race3026.32%
Native American154.48%

Needles Veterans by Race

Needles Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

1.56%

Veteran Poverty Rate

50.13%

Veteran Disability Rate

Needles Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

42.8%

Labor Force Participation

36.7%

Employment Rate

14.1%

Unemployment Rate

Needles Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Needles Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Needles 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

54.79%

Born in Needles

96.55%

Native Born

3.45%

Foreign Born

1.31%

Non Citizen

2.15%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.55% of Needles residents were born in the United States, with 54.79% having been born in California. 1.31% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Needles Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20294,637-32-0.69%
20284,669-31-0.66%
20274,700-32-0.68%
20264,732-31-0.65%
20254,763-32-0.67%
20244,795-31-0.64%
20234,826-32-0.66%
20224,858-39-0.8%
20214,897-24-0.49%
20204,921-41-0.83%
20194,962-17-0.34%
20184,979110.22%
20174,968150.3%
20164,953190.39%
20154,934230.47%
20144,911160.33%
20134,89560.12%
20124,889210.43%
20114,868330.68%
20104,83550.1%
20004,830-361-6.95%
19905,1911,07126%
19804,120691.7%
19704,051-539-11.74%
19604,59053913.31%
19504,05142711.78%
19403,62448015.27%
19303,14433712.01%
19202,80700%
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Needles Population by Year