Introduction to Desert Hot Springs, California

Desert Hot Springs, California, in Riverside county, is 30 miles NE of Hemet, California (center to center) and 51 miles E of Riverside, California.The city is considered part of the Riverside - San Bernardino metropolitan area. 

Desert Hot Springs History

Cabot Yerxa, the first homesteader in the area, arrived in the year 1913. He first discovered hot water on Miracle Hill. Due to the San Andreas Fault dividing the hill, one side of the hill has cold water, the other has hot. The town was later founded by L. W. Coffee on July 12, 1941. The original town site was centered at the junction of Palm Drive and Pierson Blvd and was only one square mile. The area was named Desert Hot Springs because of the area's natural hot springs. The incorporation date of Desert Hot Springs was September 17, 1963.

Desert Hot Springs and nearby Attractions

  • Cabot's Pueblo Museum.
  • Aerial Tramway Palm Spring.
  • Palm Springs Desert Museum.
  • Peoples Park.
  • Agua Caliente Cultural Museum.
  • Cabot's Museum.

Things To Do In Desert Hot Springs

Home of Cabot Yerxa is a must-visit place for those who are interested in history and folk architecture. There are also many good museums in the city that are worth visiting. The city is home to many lovely parks and recreation centers which regularly organize varieties of events for the people. These are good places to relax with family members and friends.

Desert Hot Springs Transportation

The city is served by Palm Springs International airport.

Desert Hot Springs Higher Education

College of the Desert serves the city.


Total Population 27,912
Male Share of the Population 50.9%
Female Share of the Population 49.1%
Senior Citizens 10.1%
Employed Population 16+ 9,381
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 42.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $34,276
% Above Poverty Level 65.1%
% Below Poverty Level 34.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 5.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 3%


People Living Alone 24.2%
Median Gross Rent $901
Median House Value $125,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 67.5%
US/American 0.6%
English 4.6%
Irish 6.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Desert Hot Springs Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 30 miles NE of Hemet, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 51 miles E of Riverside, California
County Riverside
Standard Zip Codes 92240, 92241
Phone Area Codes 760
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.961
Longitude -116.5

Desert Hot Springs Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 8.9 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 18.6 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 23.5 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, Desert Hot Springs, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Sky Valley (92241)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cathedral City 53,020 $44,483
Indian Wells 5,158 $123,109
Palm Desert 50,565 $65,973
Palm Springs 46,305 $55,671
Rancho Mirage 17,770 $98,021
Yucca Valley 21,258 $51,364

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Serves 1,406 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.7

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