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Every 10 years the federal government conducts the “Census” of the United States. Basically they “count the heads” of people who make up our Nation’s population. During the Census taking, they also collect other information such as race, male or female, age, whether the person is a home owner or a renter, and a variety of other statistics which forms the “statistical abstracts” used to produce the “demographics” of the area in which these folks live. Areas that are sparsely populated, such as our Desert region, and unincorporated county areas are treated slightly different from high density “city” type locations. These sparsely populated or unincorporated communities are classified as a “Census Designated Place” (CDP). See Note 1 near the end of this page for an explanation of a CDP.
Here, I’ll offer official data collected from various reliable resources that make up the Joshua Tree demographic information. A word of caution: Internet researching can be a practical means of collecting information, however, all too many “non-official” websites are not correct or contain misleading or erroneous data while others may not offer “all” the data leading to an incorrect collection of otherwise useful information.
This collection of the Joshua Tree California Demographic data are retrieved from highly reliable resources which are shown, along with links, toward the end of this page.
BTW: If you are looking for a lost friend or relative using the official U.S. Census for tracking, you are LIMITED to viewing names, addresses, (etc) to the census that was taken 30 years before the last census date or older. So, that means you can only do “lookups” from 1980 and backwards in time until the next Census in 2020. Then you can then look at names and so-on from 1990 and backwards. Has to do with HomeLand Security and identity theft issues.
Joshua Tree Stats • U.S. Census Bureau 2010
The “next” census is scheduled for 2020
Joshua Tree is located in the Mojave Desert in southern California.
According to the United States Census Bureau, this Joshua Tree “CDP” has a total area of 37.0 sq miles. Joshua Tree, California is home to the Joshua Tree National Park.
(See Note 1 below for “CDP” definition)
Total CDP area: 37.044 sq mi (95.943 km sq)
Mean Avg Elevation: 2,736 ft (834 m)
Population (2010): Total 7,414
Density: 200.1 persons per sq mi (77.3/km sq)
(blue text below are clickable links to info)
2010 Census Statistics
The 2010 United States Census reported that Joshua Tree had a population of 7,414. The population density was 200.1 people per square mile (77.3/km sq). The racial makeup of Joshua Tree was 6,176 (83.3%) White, 234 (3.2%) African-American, 84 (1.1%) Native American, 104 (1.4%) Asian, 18 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 368 (5.0%) from other races, and 430 (5.8%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1,308 persons (17.6%).
The Census reported that 7,263 people (98.0% of the population) lived in households, 30 (0.4%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 121 (1.6%) were institutionalized.
There were 3,088 households, out of which 862 (27.9%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 1,209 (39.2%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 431 (14.0%) had a female householder with no husband present, 162 (5.2%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 237 (7.7%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 30 (1.0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 1,018 households (33.0%) were made up of individuals and 358 (11.6%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35. There were 1,802 families (58.4% of all households); the average family size was 2.97.
The population was spread out with 1,626 people (21.9%) under the age of 18, 813 people (11.0%) aged 18 to 24, 1,756 people (23.7%) aged 25 to 44, 2,056 people (27.7%) aged 45 to 64, and 1,163 people (15.7%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.8 years. For every 100 females there were 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.3 males.
There were 3,808 housing units at an average density of 102.8 per square mile (39.7/km sq), of which 1,872 (60.6%) were owner-occupied, and 1,216 (39.4%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 3.9%; the rental vacancy rate was 9.8%. 4,178 people (56.4% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 3,085 people (41.6%) lived in rental housing units.
Zip Code boundaries map
In the state legislature Joshua Tree is located in the 18th Senate District, represented by Republican Jean Fuller (elected 2010), and in the 65th Assembly District, represented by Republican Paul Cook (elected 2006). Federally, Joshua Tree is located in California’s 41st congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +9 and is represented by Republican Jerry Lewis (elected 2003).
The community of Joshua Tree is represented by the San Bernardino County official liaison, Joshua Tree Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) established in 1992. Joshua Tree is within the county’s 3rd District, currently represented by county 3rd District Supervisor Neil Derry (elected June 2008).
References used in collecting Census Data
- U.S. Census
- “US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990″. United States Census Bureau. Feb 12, 2011. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved Apr 4, 2011.
- All data are derived from the United States Census Bureau reports from the 2010 United States Census, and are accessible on-line here. The data on unmarried partnerships and same-sex married couples are from the Census report DEC_10_SF1_PCT15. All other housing and population data are from Census report DEC_10_DP_DPDP1. Both reports are viewable on-line or downloadable in a zip file containing a comma-delimited data file. The area data, from which densities are calculated, are available on-line here. Percentage totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The Census Bureau defines families as a household containing one or more people related to the householder by birth, opposite-sex marriage, or adoption. People living in group quarters are tabulated by the Census Bureau as neither owners nor renters. For further details, see the text files accompanying the data files containing the Census reports mentioned above.
- “American FactFinder”. United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/. Retrieved Jan 31, 2008.
- “Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?”. Campaign Legal Center Blog. http://www.clcblog.org/blog_item-85.html. Retrieved Feb 10, 2008.
- Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce
- Joshua Tree Star interactive website (active 2010)
- Joshua Tree Traveler History
- Joshua Tree Village History (inactive)
- Joshua Tree (National Park): The Complete Guide book ISBN 0982517238
NOTE 1: CDP Census Designated Place definition as described by the Census Bureau
Census designated places (CDPs) are communities that lack separate municipal governments, and for statistical purposes are defined by the Census Bureau to statistically combine and compare populated areas that physically resemble incorporated places. Before each decennial census, CDPs are delineated by State and local agencies, and by tribal officials according to Census Bureau criteria. The resulting CDP delineations are then reviewed and approved by the Census Bureau. The boundaries of a CDP have no legal status and may not correspond with the local understanding of the area with the same name. Recognized communities may be divided into two or more CDPs while on the other hand, two or more communities may be combined into one CDP. A CDP may also cover the unincorporated part of a named community where the rest lies within an incorporated place.
In short, a Census Bureau CDP consists of a concentrated population that does not have its own government such as a “city” municipal government. Joshua Tree, a CDP, is not “INcorporated” as a city or town but Yucca Valley and 29-Palms ARE incorporated, each having their own government.
What and Where is Joshua Tree California and its demographic statistics?
What can be found on the Internet.
I decided to compile “statistics” on Joshua Tree California to present here on JoshuaTreeStar.com. I was amazed at the infinite variety of information presented – both true and many not true and several with missing details.
Over the past several years, back to mid 2004, I researched the question of what is and where is Joshua Tree California and what are its resources — my main interest was “accurate” demographic data. The information I stumbled onto was provided by several dozen Internet websites which were, for the most part, highly outdated, and/or contained inaccurate or missing data. This anomoly was discovered simply by comparing the data from one website to another. One such website, still available, contained some good history of this region but the “current” data is outdated by 10+ years — making the site “inactive” but not totally useless.
For example, the U.S. Census Bureau, during the 2010 census, indicates the “land area” of Joshua Tree to be just 37+ square miles — which is an accurate statement for the Census Bureau. Most viewers familiar with Joshua Tree in general would see that as highly wrong. (see CDP note above) Most websites specify 96+ square miles while another website indicates 98.5 square miles but all are including vacant, undeveloped land. Some websites still call Joshua Tree National Park the “monument park”. One site reports there are only TWO entryways into the JT Nat’l Park… Palm Springs & 29-Palms. Local websites dedicated to Joshua Tree may list many ”public resources” such as new or used car dealers, health food stores, sports equipment, restaurants, health care facilities, muffler shops, etc., but limit the their listing to displaying only “paid up members” or “paid advertisers” which leaves a lot of valuable resources missing. Another, “JoshuaTreeVillage“, website is a decade outdated and inactive. One website declares the Joshua Tree population is well over 9,500… Not true at all, while yet another website, in 3 different parts of the site, declares Joshua Tree’s land area to be just “6″ square miles. Another website starts off its dialogue with the words: “This tiny city of Joshua Tr…..” and continues on to reference Joshua Tree as a “city” while also using the phrase “… a small village in the unincorporated south-west part of San Bernardino county….”. And, last but not least, “another” website displays: “Joshua Tree had a population of 0 (zero); a land area of 37.04 sq. miles …..” copied direct from their website and the last website I looked into, a leading international tour guide network, declared our desert community as “… a quaint scruffy little village.”
It’s no wonder that folks who visit these websites step away wondering “who is telling the truth and presenting “all” of the facts — what am I to believe?” Why are these websites so inaccurate, or lack appropriate resource information?
Answer: Generally speaking, nearly every website has a very common agenda. Make money. Their idea is to “publish” some worthwhile or popular information that draws web visitors, take on a bunch of advertisers and even ask for “membership” fees or donations. Needless to say then, their “agenda” is to first make money where providing up-to-date, useful and accurate content, is purely secondary. Some sites have a “special interest” or “an axe to grind” resulting in content that is biased toward one specific goal or theme and never mentions the “other side of the story”. Kinda like politicians. Do and say what ever it takes to get elected… then ignore the people’s opinions.
Hopefully, JoshuaTreeStar.com will continue to provide ”all” the known and identifiable facts and resources and tell the “truth” as best it can be discovered about our local Desert Wonderland and its inhabitants. You see, this website is a “not-for-profit” proposition at my personal expense which simply means I do not have a “make money” agenda.
That’s my opinion, what’s yours?