Mountain Center, California

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Mountain Center
census-designated place
Mountain Center is located in California
Mountain Center
Mountain Center
Location within the state of California
Coordinates: 33°42′15″N 116°43′33″W / 33.70417°N 116.72583°W / 33.70417; -116.72583Coordinates: 33°42′15″N 116°43′33″W / 33.70417°N 116.72583°W / 33.70417; -116.72583
Country  United States
State  California
County Riverside
 • Total 1.886 sq mi (4.885 km2)
 • Land 1.884 sq mi (4.881 km2)
 • Water 0.002 sq mi (0.004 km2)  0.09%
Elevation[2] 4,518 ft (1,377 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 63
 • Density 33/sq mi (13/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 92561
GNIS feature IDs 1661073;[2] 2629133
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Mountain Center, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Mountain Center, California

Mountain Center is a census-designated place[3] in west central Riverside County, California. It lies along State Route 74 in the southern division of San Bernardino National Forest, just north of Lake Hemet. Mountain Center lies midway between Hemet and Palm Desert, and it is southeast of the city of Riverside, the county seat of Riverside County.[4] Its elevation is 4,518 feet (1,377 m).[2] Although Mountain Center is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 92561.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km²), 99.91% of it land, and 0.09% of it water.


The 2010 United States Census[6] reported that Mountain Center had a population of 63. The population density was 33.4 people per square mile (12.9/km²). The racial makeup of Mountain Center was 60 (95%) White, 0 (0%) African American, 1 (1%) Native American, 1 (1%) Asian, 0 (0%) Pacific Islander, 0 (0%) from other races, and 1 (1%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15 persons (24%).

The Census reported that 63 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 36 households, out of which 5 (14%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 13 (36%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 3 (8%) had a female householder with no husband present, 0 (0%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 0 (0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 0 (0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 19 households (53%) were made up of individuals and 6 (17%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.75. There were 16 families (44% of all households); the average family size was 2.56.

The population was spread out with 12 people (19%) under the age of 18, 0 people (0%) aged 18 to 24, 8 people (13%) aged 25 to 44, 30 people (48%) aged 45 to 64, and 13 people (21%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 53.5 years. For every 100 females there were 75.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 70.0 males.

There were 58 housing units at an average density of 30.8 per square mile (11.9/km²), of which 25 (69%) were owner-occupied, and 11 (31%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 29%; the rental vacancy rate was 27%. 40 people (64% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 23 people (37%) lived in rental housing units.


  1. ^ U.S. Census
  2. ^ a b c "Mountain Center". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Mountain Center, California
  4. ^ Rand McNally. The Road Atlas '08. Chicago: Rand McNally, 2008, p. 15.
  5. ^ Zip Code Lookup
  6. ^ 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 online 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.