Introduction to Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs is situated in the Coachella Valley in Riverside County. The desert city is a well known resort location. Golfing, tennis, hiking and horseback riding are very popular activities. Palm Springs has become a prominent location for the gay community. It's a popular destination for college students for Spring Break.

The city typically receives less than six inches of rain per year. During the winter the temperature is usually in the 70s and during the summer, daytime temperatures are often above 100 degrees. Mid-century modern architecture is seen throughout the city. Tourism and casino gambling are the primary factors for the economy. It's a popular location for festivals, international events and conventions.


The Agua Caliente Indian Tribe of the Cahuilla Indians were the original inhabitants. In 1896 the U.S. Government created the Agua Caliente Reservation. The original reservation was comprised of alternating squares of acreage, which provided a checkerboard appearance. The non-reservation squares of land were given to the Southern Pacific Railroad to entice them to construct a railroad line through the desert.

The Indians were allocated 32,000 acres of land and a portion of the property is situated inside the city limits which makes the Agua Caliente Tribe the largest landowner in Palm Springs. During the late 1970s a vast number of retirees relocated to the Coachella Valley as permanent residents.


  • Palm Springs Art Museum is a notable venue.
  • The Augua Caliente Indians offer the Spa Resort Hotel and Casino.
  • Moorten Botanical Garden and Catarium includes a vast amount of desert cactus and other desert plants varieties.
  • Palm Springs Air Museum showcases a large collection of aircraft, including propeller-powered World War II airplanes.
  • The historic Inns of Palm Springs, mostly located in the nearby foothills, used to cater to well known celebrities. They are unique structures and are worth viewing.
  • Upscale shops on Palm Canyon Drive.
  • Palm Canyon Theatre provides a wide variety of theatrical productions.
  • Pacific Life Open is a prominent tennis event.
  • Palm Springs Power Baseball is comprised of college all-star players.
  • The vast Living Desert Zoo and Gardens includes rare desert animals, African animals and hiking trails.


Golfing is a major activity in Palm Springs. More than 100 quality courses are available for golf enthusiasts. Tourists enjoy riding in the largest rotating tramcars in the world. The cars of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway travel up an incline of about two and half miles and offer the riders scenic views of the Coachella Valley. At the top the temperature is typically 30 degrees cooler than the valley floor.

The Indian Canyons including Tahquitz, Palm, Andreas and Murray canyons provide natural beauty and opportunities for hiking. Joshua Tree National Park and Idyllwild Mountain Resort are popular destinations which are less than an hour from Palm Springs.

Events and Nightlife

The Palm Springs International Film Festival is a renowned event. The Gay Pride Parade and Festival attracts a large crowd. The popular Village Feast occurs once a week downtown and offers arts and crafts, a variety of food, a farmer's market and entertainment. For dining, visitors can choose from hundreds of restaurants.

The active nightlife features venues such as the Blue Guitar, Zeldaz Dance Club & Beach Club, the Elbo Room, Village Pub and the Casablanca Lounge. The Palm Springs Follies stage show consists of entertainers who or more than 55 years of age. Copy Katz - Showroom and Backstage Bistro is a popular venue featuring celebrity impersonators.


Total Population 46,305
Male Share of the Population 56.8%
Female Share of the Population 43.2%
Senior Citizens 27.6%
Employed Population 16+ 18,816
Age of the Population 53


% of people married 35.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34%
Median Earnings25+ $30,779
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,448
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,881


Median Family Income $55,671
% Above Poverty Level 81.1%
% Below Poverty Level 18.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 12.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.1%
% Using Public Transportation 2.3%


People Living Alone 45.3%
Median Gross Rent $949
Median House Value $280,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 41.7%
US/American 0.3%
English 11.4%
Irish 9.4%

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

Palm Springs Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 25 miles E of Hemet, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 49 miles E of Riverside, California
County Riverside
Standard Zip Codes 92262, 92264
P.O. Box Zip Codes 92263, 92292
Phone Area Codes 760
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.83
Longitude -116.544

Palm 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 1.6 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 10.5 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 20.4 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, Palm Springs, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Barona Rancheria (92262)

Palm Springs Municipal Airpo (92262)

Smoke Tree (92262)

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
Desert Hot Springs 27,912 $34,276
Indian Wells 5,158 $123,109
La Quinta 39,301 $81,380
Palm Desert 50,565 $65,973
Rancho Mirage 17,770 $98,021

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

Palm Springs Public Libraries

Palm Springs Public Library
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(760) 322-7323

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Palm Springs Hospitals

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(760) 323-6511
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 23.1

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