Introduction to Coachella, California

Coachella, California, in Riverside county, is 46 miles E of Hemet, California (center to center) and 72 miles E of Riverside, California.The city is conveniently located inside the Riverside - San Bernardino metropolitan area. 

Coachella History

The Southern Pacific Railroad came to the area in the year 1876 and named it Woodspur. The current name came about around 1901 when the residents voted to accept Coachella as the new name for the community. The origin of the name is not really known. Some people think it as a misspelling of Conchilla, the Spanish word for small white snail shells that were found there. The city was incorporated in the year 1946 and it wasn't until after that time that real development began to take place. The region includes many farms and fruit groves.

Coachella and nearby Attractions

  • Sierra Vista Park
  • Dateland Park
  • Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Park
  • De Oro Park
  • South Jackson Park
  • Miles Park

Things To Do In Coachella

The city has many lovely parks which make for wonderful places to relax and enjoy free time. The recreation department of the park regularly organizes various events and programs for the city people. Food lovers can enjoy treating themselves with the gastronomic delights at the various restaurants and cafes situated in the city.

Coachella Transportation

Palm Springs International is the nearest major airport that serves the city.

Coachella Higher Education

The city is served by University of California-Riverside.



Total Population43,308
Male Share of the Population50.4%
Female Share of the Population49.6%
Senior Citizens4.7%
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population27


% of people married47.9%
Average household size4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher3.9%
Median Earnings25+$21,681
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,414
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,177


Median Family Income$39,120
% Above Poverty Level68.4%
% Below Poverty Level31.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.9%
% Using Public Transportation0.8%


People Living Alone13.4%
Median Gross Rent$878
Median House Value$151,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)94.7%
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Coachella Almanac

Nearest Medium City 46 miles E of Hemet, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City72 miles E of Riverside, California
County Riverside County
Standard Zip Codes92236
Phone Area Codes760
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Coachella Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance3.3 miles
Jan Temp39 to 71 F
Apr Temp55 to 88 F
Jul Temp75 to 108 F
Oct Temp57 to 91 F
Annual Precip3.5 inches
Distance3.6 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
Distance22.4 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cathedral City53,020$44,483
Indian Wells5,158$123,109
La Quinta39,301$81,380
Palm Desert50,565$65,973
Rancho Mirage17,770$98,021
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Coachella Public Schools

Nova Academy - Coachella
52780 Frederick St
Total Enrollment 138
Palm View Elementary
1390 Seventh St
(760) 398-2861
Total Enrollment 638
Peter Pendleton Elementary
84750 Calle Rojo
(760) 398-0178
Total Enrollment 708
Cahuilla Desert Academy Junior High
82489 Ave 52
(760) 398-0097
Total Enrollment 774
Valle Del Sol Elementary
51433 Education Way
(760) 398-1025
Total Enrollment 688
Valley View Elementary
85270 Valley Rd
(760) 398-4651
Total Enrollment 801
Coral Mountain Academy
51375 Van Buren St
(760) 398-3525
Total Enrollment 956
Bobby Duke Middle
85358 Bagdad Ave
(760) 398-0139
Total Enrollment 717
Cesar Chavez Elementary
49601 Avenida De Oro
(760) 398-2004
Total Enrollment 910

Coachella Private Schools

Jordan Christian Academy
50930 Calhoun St
Total Enrollment 62

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