Introduction to Cathedral City, California

Cathedral City is located in the heart of the Coachella Valley in eastern Riverside County, California. The city is bordered by Palm Springs to the west and Rancho Mirage to the east. Los Angeles and San Diego are each about 110 miles away.

The original inhabitants of the Coachella Valley were the Cahuilla Indians, who lived throughout the area for over 2,000 years. In 1876, descendants of the Cahuillas established a 52,000-acre reservation, which comprises 28 percent of the Cathedral City area.

In 1850, Colonel Henry Washington of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers named the region Cathedral Canyon after discovering that the area's canyons resembled the interior of a grand cathedral. In 1925, four developers established the area's first housing subdivision, aptly naming it Cathedral City.

The city was incorporated in 1981 and since that time has grown four to five times in size. Today it has a population of about 52,000.

Housing & Commerce

In keeping with the expanding economy and rising property values of the Coachella Valley, the assessed valuation of Cathedral City has accelerated, especially in the last 10 years. As of June 2006, the median home sales price in Cathedral City was $347,732, an increase of 7% from June 2005. New developments continue to be built at a rapid rate, giving those seeking housing a wide range of choices in location and style.

The business sector continues to grow, as well. For example, the Cathedral City Highway 111 Auto Center represents 20 different auto manufacturers, more franchises than any other auto center in Riverside County.

Sports & Recreation

Cathedral City's climate - marked by clean air, scenic beauty, and up to 350 sunny days per year - lends itself to outdoor recreation enjoyed by people of all ages. The area boasts numerous public and private golf courses, as well as hiking in the nearby mountains. At Big League Sports Theme Park, residents can play baseball or softball in replicas of Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, Tiger Stadium, and Forbes and Wrigley Fields. There are also fields for soccer, rugby, volleyball, flag football, softball leagues and tournaments.

Arts & Entertainment

The Cathedral City Town Square hosts ongoing concerts and events. At the center of the Square is a unique, award-winning stone sculpture called the Fountain of Life - which busloads of tourists regularly stop to admire - as well as bronze statues of film star George Montgomery and Charles "Buddy" Rogers, an actor, jazz musician, and long-time supporter of Cathedral City.

The area offers many wonderful restaurants, nightlife, dinner theatres, and more. The 14-screen Mary Pickford Theatre, named in honor of the Academy Award-winning silent movie star, is one of the top theaters in Southern California and features memorabilia of the actress. Legendary jazz pianist, Buddy Greco and his wife, singer Lezlie Anders, entertain at their 90-seat club dinner and jazz club.

Two other popular tourist destinations in Cathedral City are Forest Lawn Cemetery and Desert Memorial Park, where numerous celebrities are buried, including Frank Sinatra, Alice Faye, Phil Harris, Sonny Bono, "Papa" John Phillips, Jane Wyman, Dinah Shore, George Montgomery, Cameron Mitchell, Harold Robbins, Busby Berkeley, William Powell, Betty Hutton, Guy Madison, and Buddy Rogers.


Total Population 52,550
Male Share of the Population 52%
Female Share of the Population 48%
Senior Citizens 13.6%
Employed Population 16+ 22,092
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 43.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.1%
Median Earnings25+ $25,701
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,870
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,676


Median Family Income $47,489
% Above Poverty Level 78.1%
% Below Poverty Level 21.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 4.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 3.3%


People Living Alone 24.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,145
Median House Value $180,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 71.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 4.2%
Irish 4.5%

Cathedral City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 29 miles E of Hemet, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 54 miles E of Riverside, California
County Riverside
Standard Zip Codes 92234
P.O. Box Zip Codes 92235
Phone Area Codes 760
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.779
Longitude -116.464

Cathedral City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 4.8 miles
Jan Temp 44 to 70 F
Apr Temp 56 to 88 F
Jul Temp 76 to 108 F
Oct Temp 61 to 91 F
Annual Precip 5.2 inches
Distance 13.7 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 54 F
Apr Temp 32 to 62 F
Jul Temp 51 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 70 F
Annual Precip 27.8 inches
Distance 14.9 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 72 F
Apr Temp 59 to 87 F
Jul Temp 78 to 107 F
Oct Temp 62 to 92 F
Annual Precip 3.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Cathedral City, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Cathedral Cty (92234, 92235)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Desert Hot Springs 27,678 $34,850
Indian Wells 5,089 $108,000
La Quinta 38,774 $80,473
Palm Desert 49,953 $68,893
Palm Springs 45,827 $55,320
Rancho Mirage 17,634 $99,677
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Student/teacher ratio: 25.8

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

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