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Needles, California

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Welcome to Needles ...

The city of Needles is located in San Bernardino County<1>.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Needles has a population of 4,976 people<2> (see below for details).

While we don't have a date for the establishment of Needles, you might get a feel for its founding by knowing that they incorporated October 30, 1913.

Needles is 720 feet [219 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Needles lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: While Needles is in the Pacific Time Zone and observes daylight saving time, the area just to the east is in the Mountain Standard Time Zone (MST) and does not..

Telephone area codes for Needles: (760) & (442)<4>

The ZIP code for Needles: 92363<5>

Websites for Needles ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Needles had an population of 4,976 people. This is an increase of 2.73% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 3.02% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Needles had a population of 4,844 people. This makes Needles the county's 24th most populous community.

The population of Needles represents 0.01% of the population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 428th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 4,844 people, the population of Needles has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (which had a count of 4,830 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Needles.

Adding Needles to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

We originally found mention of Needles in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, we also found mention of Needles elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Needles on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named Needles ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 4 communities that are also named Needles - they are located in Arizona, British Columbia, Missouri and Nevada.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Needles.

Communities near Needles ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Needles.

  • Bullhead City [Mohave County]
  • Willow Valley [Mohave County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Willow Valley
    • Willow Valley [Mohave County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<6> to the north of Needles
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Willow Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Willow Valley
  • Parker Junction [San Bernardino County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Parker Junction
    • Parker Junction [San Bernardino County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<6> to the south of Needles
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Parker Junction
  • Mohave Valley [Mohave County]
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    • Mojave Ranch Estates [Mohave County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mojave Ranch Estates
      • Mojave Ranch Estates [Mohave County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<6> to the north of Needles
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mojave Ranch Estates have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mojave Ranch Estates
    • Mesquite Creek [Mohave County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mesquite Creek
      • Mesquite Creek [Mohave County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the north of Needles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mesquite Creek
    • Fort Mohave [Mohave County]
    • Topock [Mohave County]
    • Hardyville [Mohave County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hardyville
      • Hardyville [Mohave County] was located 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the north of Needles
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hardyville have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Mojave City [Mohave County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mojave City
      • Mojave City [Mohave County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the north of Needles
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mojave City have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mojave City

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Needles. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Needles.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Needles. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Needles.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Needles. Our list includes 9 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Needles.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Needles ...

Looking for more information about Needles? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Needles, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Needles.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Needles:

The official website for San Bernardino County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including San Bernardino, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Needles.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Needles - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Area code (442) is an overlay for area code (760).
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Needles). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Needles or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Needles) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Needles. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Needles

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Needles. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8485, Longitude: -114.6140    
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






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