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Overview

Introduction to Cathedral City, California

Cathedral City is located in the heart of the Coachella Valley in eastern Riverside County, California. The city is bordered by Palm Springs to the west and Rancho Mirage to the east. Los Angeles and San Diego are each about 110 miles away.

The original inhabitants of the Coachella Valley were the Cahuilla Indians, who lived throughout the area for over 2,000 years. In 1876, descendants of the Cahuillas established a 52,000-acre reservation, which comprises 28 percent of the Cathedral City area.

In 1850, Colonel Henry Washington of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers named the region Cathedral Canyon after discovering that the area's canyons resembled the interior of a grand cathedral. In 1925, four developers established the area's first housing subdivision, aptly naming it Cathedral City.

The city was incorporated in 1981 and since that time has grown significantly in size.

Sports & Recreation

Cathedral City's climate - marked by clean air, scenic beauty, and up to 350 sunny days per year - lends itself to outdoor recreation enjoyed by people of all ages. The area boasts numerous public and private golf courses, as well as hiking in the nearby mountains. At Big League Sports Theme Park, residents can play baseball or softball in replicas of Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, Tiger Stadium and Forbes and Wrigley Fields. There are also fields for soccer, rugby, volleyball, flag football, softball leagues and tournaments.

Arts & Entertainment

The Cathedral City Town Square hosts ongoing concerts and events. At the center of the Square is a unique, award-winning stone sculpture called the Fountain of Life - which busloads of tourists regularly stop to admire - as well as bronze statues of film star George Montgomery and Charles "Buddy" Rogers, an actor, jazz musician and long-time supporter of Cathedral City.

The area offers many wonderful restaurants, nightlife, dinner theatres and more. The 14-screen Mary Pickford Theatre, named in honor of the Academy Award-winning silent movie star, is one of the top theaters in Southern California and features memorabilia of the actress. 

Two other popular tourist destinations in Cathedral City are Forest Lawn Cemetery and Desert Memorial Park, where numerous celebrities are buried, including Frank Sinatra, Alice Faye, Phil Harris, Sonny Bono, "Papa" John Phillips, Jane Wyman, Dinah Shore, George Montgomery, Cameron Mitchell, Harold Robbins, Busby Berkeley, William Powell, Betty Hutton, Guy Madison and Buddy Rogers.

Demographics

People

Total Population53,268
Male Share of the Population52.9%
Female Share of the Population47.1%
Senior Citizens15.2%
Employed Population 16+21,937
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married43.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18%
Median Earnings25+$25,928
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,826
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,037

Wealth

Median Family Income$46,516
% Above Poverty Level78.2%
% Below Poverty Level21.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.8%
% Using Public Transportation2.5%

Housing

People Living Alone27.1%
Median Gross Rent$1,132
Median House Value$203,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)70.2%
German6.8%
Irish4.4%
English4.4%
Italian2.4%
French Except Basque1.3%
Polish1.1%
Scottish0.9%
Norwegian0.8%
Swedish0.7%
Dutch0.6%
Russian0.5%
Greek0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Portuguese0.3%
African0.2%
US/American0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Arab0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Israeli0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Czech0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
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Cathedral City Almanac

CategoryValue
County Riverside County
Standard Zip Codes92234
P.O. Box Zip Codes92235
Phone Area Codes760
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude33.82
Approximate Longitude-116.45

Cathedral City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPALM SPRINGS
Distance4.8 miles
Jan Temp44 to 70 F
Apr Temp56 to 88 F
Jul Temp76 to 108 F
Oct Temp61 to 91 F
Annual Precip5.2 inches
StationIDYLLWILD FIRE DEPT
Distance13.7 miles
Jan Temp27 to 54 F
Apr Temp32 to 62 F
Jul Temp51 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 70 F
Annual Precip27.8 inches
StationINDIO FIRE STATION
Distance14.9 miles
Jan Temp42 to 72 F
Apr Temp59 to 87 F
Jul Temp78 to 107 F
Oct Temp62 to 92 F
Annual Precip3.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Desert Hot Springs28,092$34,964
Indian Wells5,194$124,719
La Quinta39,801$79,943
Palm Desert51,045$65,602
Palm Springs46,714$60,280
Rancho Mirage17,876$94,167

Cathedral City Public Schools

Agua Caliente Elementary
30-800 San Luis Rey Plaza
ZIP: 92234
Primary
Total Enrollment 621
Cathedral City Elementary
69300 Converse Rd.
ZIP: 92234
Primary
Total Enrollment 797
Cathedral City High
69250 Dinah Shore Dr.
ZIP: 92234
High
Total Enrollment 1841
James Workman Middle
69-300 30th Ave.
ZIP: 92234
Middle
Total Enrollment 1413
Landau Elementary
30310 Landau Blvd.
ZIP: 92234
Primary
Total Enrollment 692
Mt. San Jacinto High
30800 Landau Blvd.
ZIP: 92234
High
Total Enrollment 437
Nellie N. Coffman Middle
34-603 Plumley Rd.
ZIP: 92234
Middle
Total Enrollment 1081
Rio Vista Elementary
67-700 Verona Rd.
ZIP: 92234
Primary
Total Enrollment 723
Sunny Sands Elementary
69-310 Mccallum Way
ZIP: 92234
Primary
Total Enrollment 973

Cathedral City Private Schools

Stepping Stones
68550 Dinah Shore Dr
ZIP: 92234
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 50
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