Introduction to Indio, California

Indio, California is 43 miles E of Hemet, California (center to center) and 69 miles E of Riverside, California. It is in Riverside county. The city is part of the Riverside-San Bernardino metro area. 

Indio History

Before the 1800s, Indio was the site a Cahuilla village called Teikweit, and according to the 'History of the Coachella Valley Water District,' Indio is the Spanish term for Indian. A Southern Pacific Railroad construction boss, A.G. Tingman, laid the foundation of the city of Indio in 1894. Indio was the halfway point between Yuma, Arizona and Los Angeles, and the railroad played a major role in the growth and advancement of this city.

Indio and Nearby Attractions

  • Coachella Valley Museum & Cultural Center.
  • Golden Pot/ Desert Lake.
  • Thousand Palm Canyon Wash.
  • Rancho Casa Blanca Recreational Vehicle Park.
  • Trinity Baptist Church.
  • Indio Fashion Mall Shopping Center.

Things To Do In Indio

The Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival are internationally famous festivals held in Indio in February every year. The Date Festival is a celebration of the Indio's main harvest time for date fruits. Besides, the Indio International Tamale Festival held every December is also a world famous festival. Apart from these, the city is also known for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and the Southwest Arts Festival. The Hispanic culture of the city finds expression in the annual Cinco de Mayo event. Indio's rich cultural heritage is reflected in the museums and cultural centers. Religious minded visitors can take a tour of the churches that throng the streets of Indio. There are numerous amusement parks and shopping centers that provide entertainment facilities for both adults and kids alike. The city also has a few beautiful, pristine lakes that visitors can tour.

Indio Transportation

Palm Springs International Airport serves the area.

Indio Higher Education

The University Of California-Riverside is the local university.


Total Population 84,094
Male Share of the Population 50%
Female Share of the Population 50%
Senior Citizens 14.5%
Employed Population 16+ 32,688
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 50.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.2%
Median Earnings25+ $28,442
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,817
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,043


Median Family Income $55,014
% Above Poverty Level 80.5%
% Below Poverty Level 19.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%


People Living Alone 20.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,035
Median House Value $212,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 74.3%
US/American 0.1%
English 3.2%
Irish 4.3%

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

Indio Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 43 miles E of Hemet, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 69 miles E of Riverside, California
County Riverside
Standard Zip Codes 92201, 92203
P.O. Box Zip Codes 92202
Phone Area Codes 760
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.72
Longitude -116.214

Indio Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.3 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
Distance 13.1 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 71 F
Apr Temp 54 to 89 F
Jul Temp 74 to 109 F
Oct Temp 57 to 92 F
Annual Precip 3.3 inches
Distance 19 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Chiriaco Summit (92201)

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
Coachella 43,308 $39,120
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/.

Indio Hospitals

(760) 347-6191
Emergency Service: Yes

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Indio High Schools

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81-750 AVE. 46
Serves 2,375 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.9

Serves 1,902 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.2

45-175 FARGO ST.
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 494 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.4

A Non-traditional School
Serves 459 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.1

44-700 PALM ST.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 3 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10

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