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Overview

Introduction to Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs is situated in the Coachella Valley in Riverside County. The desert city is a well known resort location. Golfing, tennis, hiking and horseback riding are very popular activities. Palm Springs has become a prominent location for the gay community. It's a popular destination for college students for Spring Break.

The city typically receives less than six inches of rain per year. During the winter the temperature is usually in the 70s and during the summer, daytime temperatures are often above 100 degrees. Mid-century modern architecture is seen throughout the city. Tourism and casino gambling are the primary factors for the economy. It's a popular location for festivals, international events and conventions.

History

The Agua Caliente Indian Tribe of the Cahuilla Indians were the original inhabitants. In 1896 the U.S. Government created the Agua Caliente Reservation. The original reservation was comprised of alternating squares of acreage, which provided a checkerboard appearance. The non-reservation squares of land were given to the Southern Pacific Railroad to entice them to construct a railroad line through the desert.

The Indians were allocated 32,000 acres of land and a portion of the property is situated inside the city limits which makes the Agua Caliente Tribe the largest landowner in Palm Springs. During the late 1970s a vast number of retirees relocated to the Coachella Valley as permanent residents.

Attractions

  • Palm Springs Art Museum is a notable venue.
  • The Augua Caliente Indians offer the Spa Resort Hotel and Casino.
  • Moorten Botanical Garden and Catarium includes a vast amount of desert cactus and other desert plants varieties.
  • Palm Springs Air Museum showcases a large collection of aircraft, including propeller-powered World War II airplanes.
  • The historic Inns of Palm Springs, mostly located in the nearby foothills, used to cater to well known celebrities. They are unique structures and are worth viewing.
  • Upscale shops on Palm Canyon Drive.
  • Palm Canyon Theatre provides a wide variety of theatrical productions.
  • Pacific Life Open is a prominent tennis event.
  • Palm Springs Power Baseball is comprised of college all-star players.
  • The vast Living Desert Zoo and Gardens includes rare desert animals, African animals and hiking trails.

Activities

Golfing is a major activity in Palm Springs. More than 100 quality courses are available for golf enthusiasts. Tourists enjoy riding in the largest rotating tramcars in the world. The cars of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway travel up an incline of about two and half miles and offer the riders scenic views of the Coachella Valley. At the top the temperature is typically 30 degrees cooler than the valley floor.

The Indian Canyons including Tahquitz, Palm, Andreas and Murray canyons provide natural beauty and opportunities for hiking. Joshua Tree National Park and Idyllwild Mountain Resort are popular destinations which are less than an hour from Palm Springs.

Events and Nightlife

The Palm Springs International Film Festival is a renowned event. The Gay Pride Parade and Festival attracts a large crowd. The popular Village Feast occurs once a week downtown and offers arts and crafts, a variety of food, a farmer's market and entertainment. For dining, visitors can choose from hundreds of restaurants.

The active nightlife features venues such as the Blue Guitar, Zeldaz Dance Club & Beach Club, the Elbo Room, Village Pub and the Casablanca Lounge. The Palm Springs Follies stage show consists of entertainers who or more than 55 years of age. Copy Katz - Showroom and Backstage Bistro is a popular venue featuring celebrity impersonators.

Demographics

People

Total Population46,714
Male Share of the Population57.1%
Female Share of the Population42.9%
Senior Citizens29.4%
Employed Population 16+19,068
Age of the Population54

Families

% of people married37.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher35.3%
Median Earnings25+$31,209
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,380
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,776

Wealth

Median Family Income$60,280
% Above Poverty Level80.6%
% Below Poverty Level19.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home13.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.7%
% Using Public Transportation2.1%

Housing

People Living Alone45.9%
Median Gross Rent$973
Median House Value$303,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)41%
German13.5%
English11.8%
Irish9.7%
Italian5.6%
French Except Basque3.8%
Polish2.7%
Scottish2.1%
Russian1.9%
Swedish1.9%
Dutch1.4%
Norwegian1.4%
Welsh1%
Danishn0.8%
Greek0.8%
Hungarian0.7%
Canadian0.7%
Austrian0.6%
Portuguese0.6%
Arab0.6%
US/American0.4%
Swiss0.4%
Czech0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Romanian0.3%
Iranian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
African0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
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Palm Springs Almanac

CategoryValue
County Riverside County
Standard Zip Codes92262, 92264
P.O. Box Zip Codes92263
Phone Area Codes760,442
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude33.85
Approximate Longitude-116.56

Palm Springs Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPALM SPRINGS
Distance1.6 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
StationIDYLLWILD FIRE DEPT
Distance10.5 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
StationINDIO FIRE STATION
Distance20.4 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cathedral City53,268$46,516
Desert Hot Springs28,092$34,964
Indian Wells5,194$124,719
La Quinta39,801$79,943
Palm Desert51,045$65,602
Rancho Mirage17,876$94,167

Palm Springs Public Libraries

Palm Springs Public Library
300 S. SUNRISE WAY
Palm Springs, California
(760) 322-7323

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Palm Springs Hospitals

Desert Regional Medical Center
(Proprietary)
1150 North Indian Canyon Drive

Palm Springs Public Schools

Katherine Finchy Elementary
777 E. Tachevah Dr.
ZIP: 92262
Primary
Total Enrollment 651
Palm Springs High
2401 E. Baristo Rd.
ZIP: 92262
High
Total Enrollment 1782
Raymond Cree Middle
1011 Vista Chino
ZIP: 92262
Middle
Total Enrollment 972
Virtual Pre
980 E. Tahquitz Canyon Dr.
ZIP: 92262
Vista Del Monte Elementary
2744 N. Via Miraleste
ZIP: 92262
Primary
Total Enrollment 383
Cahuilla Elementary
833 E. Mesquite Ave.
ZIP: 92264
Primary
Total Enrollment 535
Cielo Vista Charter
650 S. Paseo Dorotea
ZIP: 92264
Primary
Total Enrollment 753
Ramon Alternative Center
2248 E. Ramon Rd
ZIP: 92264
Other
Total Enrollment 86

Palm Springs Private Schools

Creative Beginnings Montessori Center
332 W Alejo Rd
ZIP: 92262
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
Kiddie Kollege
490 S Compadre Rd
ZIP: 92262
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
Montessori School Of Palm Springs
3692 E Chia Rd
ZIP: 92262
Elementary
Total Enrollment 18
St Theresa Elementary School
455 S Compadre Rd
ZIP: 92262
Elementary
Total Enrollment 238
Desert Chapel Christian
630 S Sunrise Way
ZIP: 92264
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 204
King's Schools Of The Desert
67675 Bolero Rd
ZIP: 92264
Elementary
Total Enrollment 154
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