Introduction to Twentynine Palms, California

Twentynine Palms, California, in San Bernardino county, is 59 miles NE of Hemet, California and 77 miles E of Riverside, California. It's part of the surrounding Riverside-San Bernardino metro area.

Twentynine Palms History

The area was originally a rest stop for travelers on the Utah Trail. In the late 19th century, gold miners settled in the area. They named it Twentynine Palms after the 29 palm trees that were found in the Oasis of Mara, at the Joshua Tree National Park. Most of these trees can be found to this day. In 1952, a Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center was founded in the city of Twentynine Palms.

Twentynine Palms and Nearby Attractions

  • Twentynine Palms Historical Society.
  • Twentynine Palms Entertainment Center.
  • Joshua Tree National Monument Library.
  • Saint Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church.
  • Knott Sky Park Campground.
  • Twentynine Palms Cemetery.

Things To Do In Twentynine Palms

The city of Twentynine Palms has some very popular tourist destinations, including the Historical Society, which houses a museum and an Entertainment Center. The cultural and historical background of Twentynine Palms is reflected in the city's libraries and cemeteries. The quaint churches too have an old-world feel and can be ideal places to spend some quiet and peaceful time. Other places worth visiting include the Four Corners, the Oasis Visitor Center and the North Entrance Station.

Twentynine Palms Transportation

The local airport of Twentynine Palms is Palm Springs International.

Twentynine Palms Higher Education

The University Of California-Riverside serves the area.


Total Population 25,769
Male Share of the Population 53.7%
Female Share of the Population 46.3%
Senior Citizens 5.8%
Employed Population 16+ 12,058
Age of the Population 24


% of people married 49.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $43,821
% Above Poverty Level 82.1%
% Below Poverty Level 17.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 5.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 13.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%


People Living Alone 25.4%
Median Gross Rent $932
Median House Value $121,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 45.3%
US/American 0.1%
English 5.5%
Irish 11.8%

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

Twentynine Palms Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 59 miles NE of Hemet, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 77 miles E of Riverside, California
County San Bernardino
Standard Zip Codes 92277, 92278
Phone Area Codes 760
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.135
Longitude -116.053

Twentynine Palms Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.2 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 64 F
Apr Temp 49 to 83 F
Jul Temp 71 to 106 F
Oct Temp 52 to 86 F
Annual Precip 4.5 inches
Distance 30.5 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 38.6 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 66 F
Apr Temp 52 to 82 F
Jul Temp 73 to 104 F
Oct Temp 55 to 87 F
Annual Precip 4.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Yucca Valley 21,258 $51,364

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

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Twentynine Palms High Schools

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Serves 1,513 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.5

Serves 981 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.6

A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 84 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

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