La Quinta, California

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La Quinta, California

Introduction to La Quinta, California

La Quinta, California, in Riverside county, is 38 miles E of Hemet, California (center to center) and 65 miles E of Riverside, California. The resort town is situated at the base of the scenic Santa Rosa Mountains on the desert floor of the Coachella Valley. La Quinta is a popular destination for golfers. Tourism is a major factor for the economy, especially during the winter. Hotels, resorts, casinos, golf cources, retail and landscaping are primary employers.

The area is near the San Andreas Fault. The city is home to a large number of senior citizens who enjoy golfing, tennis and the climate. La Quinta has a notable number of prosperous citizens. The city has an arid climate. The summer includes triple digit temperatures. November to May is a popular time for visitors who reside in cold climates.

La Quinta History

The Cahuilla Indians were the original inhabitants. The area was established by the Spanish conquistadores in the early 18th century as a place to rest for people traveling from Mexico to the San Gabriel Missions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino. Agriculture was developed with modern irrigation systems, mountain water run-off as well as open water springs during the late 19th century and the early 20th century. In 1927 La Quinta Resort was established and became popular with Hollywood's celebrities and the wealthy. The city was incorporated in 1982. For a long time La Quinta was primarily occupied by part-time residents, however over the years a vast number of full-time residents have made the city their home.

La Quinta Attractions

  • Old Town La Quinta includes unique shops, art galleries and numerous restaurants.
  • La Quinta Playhouse.
  • Old Town Street Affaire is a popular event.
  • Concerts on the Lawn.
  • La Quinta Museum features a variety of artifacts pertaining to the history of the area.
  • Halloween Carnival.

La Quinta Activities

The La Quinta Resort and Club is regarded as an historic resort and includes 42 swimming pools, a large number of tennis courts and is very popular for golfing. The Silver Rock Golf Resort is a quality venue. The prominent PGA West Course is nearby. The Mountain View Country Club, Indian Springs Golf & Country Club, Palm Royale Country Club and the Trilogy Golf Club at La Quinta are popular with golfing enthusiasts.

There are several casinos in the area. Palm Springs is about 30 minutes away and offers excellent recreational activities and entertainment. The city includes numerous parks for outdoor activities. The Joshua Tree State Park is popular with tourists. Tram rides up Mt. San Jacinto offer scenic views.

Bicycle riding along the Bear Creek Trail and hiking in the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa scenic mountains are popular activities for outdoor enthusiasts. The well known Salton Sea is nearby. La Quinta is home to the Bear Creek Fred Wolff Nature Preserve. The notable Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is close by. The Oasis Water Park located in Palm Springs is popular with families.

La Quinta Transportation

The Palm Springs International Airport is close by.

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Comparative Profile of La Quinta, California

Comparing La Quinta to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in California (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Racial Diversity 9 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 7
Male Share of the Population 8 5
Well-Paid Single Men 6 6
Age of the Population 5 7
Well-Paid Single Women 5 6
Senior Citizens 5 7
Female Share of the Population 3 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 9
Average Household Size 9 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 7 7
Median Family Income 7 6
People Above Poverty 6 7
People in Middle Class or Better 5 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 9
Public Transportation Use 6 3
Short Commute Times 5 7
Walking and Biking to Work 4 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 4
Affordability of Rents 2 4
People Living Alone 2 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 4 5
Low Property Crime 1 1

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La Quinta Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 38 miles E of Hemet, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 65 miles E of Riverside, California
County Riverside
Standard Zip Codes 92253
P.O. Box Zip Codes 92247, 92248
Phone Area Codes 760
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.663
Longitude -116.309

La Quinta Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.5 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
Distance 14.6 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 71 F
Apr Temp 54 to 89 F
Jul Temp 74 to 109 F
Oct Temp 57 to 92 F
Annual Precip 3.3 inches
Distance 16.8 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
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La Quinta Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 23,694 100%
Male 11,619 49%
Female 12,075 51%
Under 18 6,905 29.1%
18+ 16,789 70.9%
65+ 3,173 13.4%
Median Age 36.4
Average Family Size 3.16
White 18,602 78.5%
African-American 336 1.4%
Asian 446 1.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 171 0.7%
Other 3,282 13.9%
Mixed Race 836 3.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 7,584 32%

Estimated La Quinta Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 38,232
Growth 14,538
Growth % 61.4%

La Quinta Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 40.8%
German 11.6%
English 9.6%
Irish 7.4%
Italian 5.2%
US/American 5%
French (except Basque) 2.4%
Scotch-Irish 1.9%
Norwegian 1.8%
Scottish 1.7%
Swedish 1.6%
Polish 1.3%
Dutch 1.1%
European 0.7%
Russian 0.7%
French Canadian 0.6%
British 0.5%
Welsh 0.5%
Armenian 0.5%
Danish 0.5%
Greek 0.5%
Scandinavian 0.4%
Yugoslavian 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Romanian 0.3%
Brazilian 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
La Quinta 23,694 $56,848
Cathedral City 42,647 $42,461
Coachella 22,724 $28,320
Indian Wells 3,816 $119,110
Indio 49,116 $35,564
Palm Desert 41,155 $58,183
Rancho Mirage 13,249 $78,384

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78742 US Highway 111
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78-271 Highway 111
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50-921 Washington Street

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79295 Us Hwy 111
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Student/teacher ratio: 29.7

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