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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population39,801
Male Share of the Population48.7%
Female Share of the Population51.3%
Senior Citizens24.4%
Employed Population 16+16,079
Age of the Population46

Families

% of people married57.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher35.5%
Median Earnings25+$40,808
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,669
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,642

Wealth

Median Family Income$79,943
% Above Poverty Level89.5%
% Below Poverty Level10.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home8.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.6%
% Using Public Transportation1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone23.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,381
Median House Value$360,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)45.4%
German14.8%
English9.2%
Irish9.1%
Italian6.8%
French Except Basque2.7%
Dutch2.2%
Polish1.9%
Scottish1.8%
Norwegian1.8%
Russian1.6%
Swedish1.6%
Arab0.9%
Danishn0.8%
Portuguese0.7%
Welsh0.6%
Hungarian0.6%
Austrian0.6%
Romanian0.4%
Serbian0.4%
Greek0.4%
Czech0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Ukrainian0.3%
US/American0.3%
Egyptian0.3%
Palestinian0.3%
Belgian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Slovene0.2%
Finnish0.2%
West Indian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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La Quinta Almanac

CategoryValue
County Riverside County
Standard Zip Codes92253
P.O. Box Zip Codes92247, 92248
Phone Area Codes760
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude33.66
Approximate Longitude-116.31

La Quinta Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationINDIO FIRE STATION
Distance6.5 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
StationMECCA FIRE STATION
Distance14.6 miles
Jan Temp39 to 71 F
Apr Temp54 to 89 F
Jul Temp74 to 109 F
Oct Temp57 to 92 F
Annual Precip3.3 inches
StationPALM SPRINGS
Distance16.8 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cathedral City53,268$46,516
Coachella43,826$40,031
Indian Wells5,194$124,719
Indio85,401$54,983
Palm Desert51,045$65,602
Rancho Mirage17,876$94,167

La Quinta Public Schools

Benjamin Franklin Elementary
77-800 Calle Tampico
ZIP: 92253
Primary
Total Enrollment 521
Colonel Mitchell Paige Middle
43-495 Palm Royale Dr.
ZIP: 92253
Middle
Total Enrollment 784
Harry S. Truman Elementary
78-870 Ave. 50
ZIP: 92253
Primary
Total Enrollment 548
Horizon
43-330 Palm Royale Dr.
ZIP: 92253
Other
Total Enrollment 272
John Adams Elementary
50-800 Desert Club Dr.
ZIP: 92253
Primary
Total Enrollment 418
La Quinta High
79-255 W.ward Ho Dr.
ZIP: 92253
High
Total Enrollment 2814
La Quinta Middle
78-900 Ave. 50
ZIP: 92253
Middle
Total Enrollment 537
Summit High (continuation)
43-330 Palm Royale Dr.
ZIP: 92253
High
Total Enrollment 318

La Quinta Private Schools

La Quinta Christian Fellowship
50-800 Calle Paloma
ZIP: 92253
Elementary
Total Enrollment 14
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