Introduction to La Quinta, California

La Quinta, California, in Riverside county, is 38 miles E of Hemet, California (center to center) and 65 miles E of Riverside, California. The resort town is situated at the base of the scenic Santa Rosa Mountains on the desert floor of the Coachella Valley. La Quinta is a popular destination for golfers. Tourism is a major factor for the economy, especially during the winter. Hotels, resorts, casinos, golf cources, retail and landscaping are primary employers.

The area is near the San Andreas Fault. The city is home to a large number of senior citizens who enjoy golfing, tennis and the climate. La Quinta has a notable number of prosperous citizens. The city has an arid climate. The summer includes triple digit temperatures. November to May is a popular time for visitors who reside in cold climates.

La Quinta History

The Cahuilla Indians were the original inhabitants. The area was established by the Spanish conquistadores in the early 18th century as a place to rest for people traveling from Mexico to the San Gabriel Missions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino. Agriculture was developed with modern irrigation systems, mountain water run-off as well as open water springs during the late 19th century and the early 20th century. In 1927 La Quinta Resort was established and became popular with Hollywood's celebrities and the wealthy. The city was incorporated in 1982. For a long time La Quinta was primarily occupied by part-time residents, however over the years a vast number of full-time residents have made the city their home.

La Quinta Attractions

  • Old Town La Quinta includes unique shops, art galleries and numerous restaurants.
  • La Quinta Playhouse.
  • Old Town Street Affaire is a popular event.
  • Concerts on the Lawn.
  • La Quinta Museum features a variety of artifacts pertaining to the history of the area.
  • Halloween Carnival.

La Quinta Activities

The La Quinta Resort and Club is regarded as an historic resort and includes 42 swimming pools, a large number of tennis courts and is very popular for golfing. The Silver Rock Golf Resort is a quality venue. The prominent PGA West Course is nearby. The Mountain View Country Club, Indian Springs Golf & Country Club, Palm Royale Country Club and the Trilogy Golf Club at La Quinta are popular with golfing enthusiasts.

There are several casinos in the area. Palm Springs is about 30 minutes away and offers excellent recreational activities and entertainment. The city includes numerous parks for outdoor activities. The Joshua Tree State Park is popular with tourists. Tram rides up Mt. San Jacinto offer scenic views.

Bicycle riding along the Bear Creek Trail and hiking in the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa scenic mountains are popular activities for outdoor enthusiasts. The well known Salton Sea is nearby. La Quinta is home to the Bear Creek Fred Wolff Nature Preserve. The notable Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is close by. The Oasis Water Park located in Palm Springs is popular with families.

La Quinta Transportation

The Palm Springs International Airport is close by.


Total Population 39,301
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 23.6%
Employed Population 16+ 15,379
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 58.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36.4%
Median Earnings25+ $40,292
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,893
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,380


Median Family Income $81,380
% Above Poverty Level 90.4%
% Below Poverty Level 9.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 7.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%


People Living Alone 23.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,341
Median House Value $349,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 43.7%
US/American 0.3%
English 10.1%
Irish 9.4%

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

La Quinta Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 38 miles E of Hemet, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 65 miles E of Riverside, California
County Riverside
Standard Zip Codes 92253
P.O. Box Zip Codes 92247, 92248
Phone Area Codes 760
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.663
Longitude -116.309

La Quinta Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.5 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 14.6 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 16.8 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

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
Indio 84,094 $55,014
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/.

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Student/teacher ratio: 25.3

Serves 473 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 29.7

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