Introduction to Palmdale, California

Incorporated in 1962, Palmdale is a city of of nearly 130,000 people located in northeast Los Angeles County, in Southern California. Palmdale is a little over an hour north of the City of Los Angeles, over the San Gabriel Mountains. It is near the Angeles National Forest. Palmdale is part of the Palmdale-Lancaster urbanized area, which has a population in excess of 480,000 people.

Palmdale has received "League of California Cities Helen Putnam Awards of Excellence" in nine categories since 1997, including one "Award for Excellence" and one "Grand Prize". Nearby Los Angeles was ranked in the top thirty "Most Fun U.S. Cities" in a study conducted by Cranium, Inc. in 2004.

Similar to most of Southern California, Palmdale experiences dry sunny weather. Average daily temperatures during the summer are in the high nineties (degrees Fahrenheit), and winters are in the upper fifties to low sixties (degrees Fahrenheit).

Palmdale Arts, Culture, and Entertainment

Palmdale residents can take advantage of all of the cultural and entertainment offerings of nearby Los Angeles and the greater LA metropolitan area. Some attractions of note in and around Palmdale include:

  • The Big Rock Creek Camp
  • The Devil's Punchbowl a natural hiking preserve
  • The Mulligan Funcenter
  • The Hammack Activity Center and Roller Hockey Rink
  • The Joshua Ranch Trail a natural preservation area
  • The Littlerock Dam and Recreation Area
  • The Los Angeles County Raceway
  • The Mountain High ski resort in nearby Wrightwood
  • The Palmdale Amphitheater
  • The Palmdale Civic Center
  • The Palmdale Fall Festival
  • The Palmdale Heritage Airpark and Blackbird Airpark
  • The Palmdale Playhouse and Art Gallery
  • The Rancho Vista Golf Course Palmdale's only PGA class golf course
  • The Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve

For sports minded individuals, this part of Southern California offers extensive offerings of professional sports, including:

  • The Arena Football League's (AFL) Los Angeles Avengers.
  • Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • Major League Soccer's (MLS) Club Deportivo Chivas USA and the Los Angeles Galaxy.
  • Minor League Baseball's (MiLB) Lancaster JetHawks and Inland Empire 66ers. The JetHawks are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the 66ers are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.
  • The National Basketball Association's (NBA) Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers.
  • The National Hockey League's (NHL) Los Angeles Kings.
  • The United Soccer League's (USL) Premier Development League Los Angeles Storm, and Southern California Seahorses.
  • The WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks.

The Los Angeles Area is one of the few parts of the United States where an individual can go to the beach in the morning, and skiing in the afternoon.


Total Population 155,810
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 7.5%
Employed Population 16+ 56,966
Age of the Population 29


% of people married 45.5%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.5%
Median Earnings25+ $34,083
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,169
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,946


Median Family Income $56,351
% Above Poverty Level 78.7%
% Below Poverty Level 21.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 40 minutes
% Working from Home 4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation 2.7%


People Living Alone 14.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,172
Median House Value $173,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 74.4%
US/American 0.5%
English 3.8%
Irish 5.2%

Palmdale Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 37 miles N of Los Angeles, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 93550, 93551, 93552, 93591
P.O. Box Zip Codes 93590
Company Zip Codes 93599
Phone Area Codes 661
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.579
Longitude -118.115

Palmdale Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 59 F
Apr Temp 45 to 75 F
Jul Temp 66 to 98 F
Oct Temp 50 to 80 F
Annual Precip 7.3 inches
Distance 11.7 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 57 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 66 to 96 F
Oct Temp 46 to 78 F
Annual Precip 7.4 inches
Distance 13.5 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 57 F
Apr Temp 44 to 72 F
Jul Temp 65 to 96 F
Oct Temp 51 to 78 F
Annual Precip 5.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

City Ranch (93551)

Lake La (93550, 93591)

Leona Valley (93551)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Lancaster 159,092 $54,993

Palmdale Public Libraries

Palmdale City Library
Palmdale, California
(661) 267-5600
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Serves 3,630 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.9

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Serves 3,489 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.7

Serves 839 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.6

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Serves 71 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.9

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