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.