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The 2000 Census showed that Inyo County had a population of 17,945 people. This represented 0.05% of the total population of California, making it the state's 52nd most populous county (out of 58 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Inyo had a population of 17,293 people. This is a decrease of 3.63% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201018,546+3.35%+7.25% since 2009
200917,293-3.63%+0.41% since 2008
200817,223-4.02%-1.23% since 2007
200717,438-2.83%-0.35% since 2006
200617,499-2.49%-1.34% since 2005
200517,737-1.16%-1.32% since 2004
200417,974+0.16%-0.84% since 2003
200318,127+1.01%+0.27% since 2002
200218,079+0.75%+0.75% since 2001
200017,945The Last Census

Inyo County had 9,042 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Inyo County has a total area<3> of 10,226 square miles [26,487 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (23.88 square miles [61.8 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Inyo County had a population density of 1.76 people per square mile [0.68 people/km²], making it the state's 57th most densely populated county (out of 58 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Inyo County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Inyo and the state of California.

Click here for the Inyo County QuickFact (QF-06027).

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Inyo County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
FresnoQF-06019   W915,267799,40714.49%
KernQF-06029   SW807,407661,64522.03%
MonoQF-06051   NW12,92712,8530.58%
San BernardinoQF-06071   S2,017,6731,709,43418.03%
TulareQF-06107   W429,668368,02116.75%
Clark (NV)QF-32003   E1,902,8341,375,76538.31%
Esmeralda (NV)QF-32009   N626971-35.53%
Nye (NV)QF-32023   NE44,23432,48536.17%

The western boundary of the county is defined by the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Inyo. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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