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Overview

Introduction to Palm Desert, California

Palm Desert, California, in Riverside county, is 34 miles E of Hemet, California (center to center) and 60 miles E of Riverside, California. It's situated in the Coachella Valley. The population swells during the winter due to vast number of tourists who arrive to enjoy the warm weather, the scenic views and opportunities to play tennis, bicycle riding, golf, water sports, and hiking. The city features a hot desert summer climate. Numerous celebrities have homes in Palm Desert. The city includes a large number of retired people and residents from all over the world.

Palm Desert History

The region was originally called Old MacDonald Ranch. The area became known as Palm Village in the 1920s due to the vast number of date palm trees that were planted. The first residential area began in 1943 near an Army maintenance facility. In 1951 the city was renamed Palm Desert. It was utilized as a training center for troops and tank battalions for General George Patton. After World War II ended, Clifford Henderson developed several notable resorts. Substantial growth occurred in the 1980s and 1990s and the city became a primary shopping and commerce center for the Coachella Valley.

Palm Desert Attractions

    • Art of Food & Wine Palm Desert features renowned chefs.
    • El Paseo Drive is a popular, upscale shopping destination.
    • Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is focused on the world's deserts and includes a large collection of desert plants and animals. It includes re-creations of various desert landscapes. The zoo features mountain lions, badgers, cheetahs, Rhim Gazelles, giraffes and other animals.
    • Augua Caliente Cultural Museum focuses on the Augua Caliente Band of the Cahuilla Indians.
    • The Gardens on El Paseo is a well known shopping location and features a variety of restaurants.
    • Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert includes a variety of exhibits.
    • The "Palm Desert Scene" is comprised of musicians and their music is well known as Desert Rock.
    • McCallum Theatre is a beautiful venue and features a variety of entertainment.
    • Westfield Shopping Town is a notable enclosed shopping mall.

Palm Desert Activities

The Hopalong Cassidy Trail is popular for bicycle riding, hiking and horseback riding. Tennis is a popular activity. Tourists enjoy the nearby Joshua Tree National Park. Civic Center Park is utilized for a variety of sports activities. The Coachella Valley features more than 100 golf courses including the popular Desert Willow Golf Resort located in Palm Desert. Visitors enjoy the scenic balloon flights.

Palm Desert Higher Education

The city is home to the College of the Desert and campuses of the California State University at San Bernardino and the University of California Riverside.

Palm Desert Transportation

The city is served by Palm Springs International Airport.

Demographics

People

Total Population51,045
Male Share of the Population47%
Female Share of the Population53%
Senior Citizens31.6%
Employed Population 16+21,041
Age of the Population51

Families

% of people married49.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher34.8%
Median Earnings25+$35,519
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,276
Median Earnings With High School Degree$35,087

Wealth

Median Family Income$65,602
% Above Poverty Level87.6%
% Below Poverty Level12.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home7.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.2%
% Using Public Transportation2.1%

Housing

People Living Alone36.9%
Median Gross Rent$1,156
Median House Value$316,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)38.5%
English10.7%
Irish9.8%
Italian5.8%
French Except Basque2.7%
Scottish2.7%
Norwegian2.5%
Swedish2%
Polish1.8%
Russian1.7%
Dutch1.6%
Danishn1.2%
Welsh0.9%
Arab0.8%
Greek0.7%
Canadian0.7%
Portuguese0.6%
Hungarian0.5%
Lebanese0.4%
Croatian0.4%
Austrian0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Iranian0.3%
US/American0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Finnish0.2%
Egyptian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Turkish0.2%
African0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Afghan)0.1%
Australian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
German0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
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Palm Desert Almanac

CategoryValue
County Riverside County
Standard Zip Codes92211, 92260, 92210
P.O. Box Zip Codes92255, 92261
Phone Area Codes760
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude33.77
Approximate Longitude-116.34

Palm Desert 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
Distance9 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
StationIDYLLWILD FIRE DEPT
Distance18.9 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
StationSAN JACINTO R S
Distance34.4 miles
Jan Temp38 to 66 F
Apr Temp46 to 77 F
Jul Temp62 to 98 F
Oct Temp51 to 84 F
Annual Precip12.5 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
La Quinta39,801$79,943
Rancho Mirage17,876$94,167

Palm Desert Public Schools

Ronald Reagan Elementary
39-800 Liberty Dr.
ZIP: 92211
Primary
Total Enrollment 981
Abraham Lincoln Elementary
74-100 Rutledge Way
ZIP: 92260
Primary
Total Enrollment 642
George Washington Charter
45-768 Portola Ave.
ZIP: 92260
Primary
Total Enrollment 877
James Earl Carter Elementary
74-251 Hovley Ln. E.
ZIP: 92260
Primary
Total Enrollment 675
Palm Desert Charter Middle
74-200 Rutledge Way
ZIP: 92260
Middle
Total Enrollment 1407
Palm Desert High
74-910 Aztec Rd.
ZIP: 92260
High
Total Enrollment 2016

Palm Desert Private Schools

Palm Desert Learning Tree
42675 Washington St
ZIP: 92211
Elementary
Total Enrollment 72
The Oasis Preparatory School
77530 Enfield Ln
ZIP: 92211
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 49
Tot Stop Preschool
77970 Delaware Pl
ZIP: 92211
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
Xavier College Preparatory High School
34200 Cook St
ZIP: 92211
Secondary
Total Enrollment 484
Desert Adventist Academy
74200 Country Club Dr Ste 2
ZIP: 92260
Elementary
Total Enrollment 87
Jewish Community School Of The Desert
73251 Hovley Ln W
ZIP: 92260
Elementary
Total Enrollment 43
Montessori School Of The Desert
73925 Fred Waring Dr
ZIP: 92260
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
Morning Stars Learning Program
74015 Aster Blvd
ZIP: 92260
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
Pdcpc Preschool And Kindergarten
47321 State Highway 74
ZIP: 92260
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
Sacred Heart School
43775 Deep Canyon Rd
ZIP: 92260
Elementary
Total Enrollment 518
The Academy Of Palm Desert Community Presbyterian
47321 State Highway 74
ZIP: 92260
Elementary
Total Enrollment 52
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