Palm Desert, California

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Population in 2014: 51,202 (100% urban, 0% rural). Population change since 2000: +24.4%
 
Males: 23,619  (46.1%)
Females: 27,583  (53.9%)
Median resident age:  51.2 years
California median age:  35.7 years

Zip codes: 92260.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $48,984 (it was $48,316 in 2000)
Palm Desert:

$48,984
CA:

$60,190

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $39,373 (it was $33,463 in 2000)

Palm Desert city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $315,200 (it was $176,400 in 2000)
Palm Desert:

$315,200
CA:

$373,100

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $401,301; Detached houses: $489,725; Townhouses or other attached units: $305,860; In 2-unit structures: $473,126; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $176,208; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $207,043; Mobile homes: $147,138

Median gross rent in 2013: $1,078.

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  • Races in Palm Desert, CA (2013)

    Palm Desert races chart
    • 33,17465.7%White alone
    • 12,71425.2%Hispanic
    • 2,5245.0%Asian alone
    • 1,1252.2%Two or more races
    • 6181.2%Black alone
    • 260.05%American Indian alone
    • 260.05%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 200.04%Other race alone

Races in Palm Desert detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Palm Desert: 121.1 (high, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (12.3%), English (10.3%), Irish (7.8%), United States (5.2%), Italian (3.6%), French (2.3%).

Current Local Time: PST time zone

Elevation: 243 feet

Land area: 24.4 square miles.

Population density: 2,101 people per square mile   (low).

Palm Desert,CA real estate house value index trend

Palm Desert, California map

For population 25 years and over in Palm Desert:

  • High school or higher: 91.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 34.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 11.9%
  • Unemployed: 8.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Palm Desert city:

  • Never married: 24.6%
  • Now married: 49.6%
  • Separated: 2.6%
  • Widowed: 9.5%
  • Divorced: 13.6%

8,946 residents are foreign born (7.9% Latin America, 3.3% Europe, 2.7% North America, 1.9% Asia).

This city:

17.7%
California:

26.9%



According to our research of California and other state lists there were 28 registered sex offenders living in Palm Desert, California as of May 24, 2016.
The ratio of number of residents in Palm Desert to the number of sex offenders is 1,786 to 1.
The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is near the state average.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $3,172 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $2,643 (0.9%)

Palm Desert satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Coachella Valley, CA (13.3 miles , pop. 118,932).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Riverside, CA (61.0 miles , pop. 255,166).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: San Diego, CA (79.4 miles , pop. 1,223,400).

Nearest cities: Indian Wells, CA (1.3 miles ), Rancho Mirage, CA (2.1 miles ), Bermuda Dunes, CA (2.2 miles ), La Quinta, CA (2.3 miles ), Desert Palms, CA (2.4 miles ), Thousand Palms, CA (2.5 miles ), Cathedral City, CA (2.8 miles ), Indio, CA (2.8 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 549 buildings, average cost: $215,400
  • 1998: 833 buildings, average cost: $217,700
  • 1999: 504 buildings, average cost: $299,200
  • 2000: 417 buildings, average cost: $326,600
  • 2001: 255 buildings, average cost: $322,300
  • 2002: 221 buildings, average cost: $273,900
  • 2003: 237 buildings, average cost: $274,500
  • 2004: 325 buildings, average cost: $250,600
  • 2005: 100 buildings, average cost: $469,200
  • 2006: 271 buildings, average cost: $403,500
  • 2007: 224 buildings, average cost: $555,900
  • 2008: 66 buildings, average cost: $493,500
  • 2009: 33 buildings, average cost: $203,900
  • 2010: 74 buildings, average cost: $265,600
  • 2011: 86 buildings, average cost: $446,600
  • 2012: 100 buildings, average cost: $534,300
  • 2013: 137 buildings, average cost: $331,700
  • 2014: 208 buildings, average cost: $388,600

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 33.73 N, Longitude: 116.37 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +15,429 (+30.6%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 8,635 (41.8%)

Area code: 760

Palm Desert household income distribution Palm Desert home values distribution

Crime rates in Palm Desert by Year
Type 2002 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Murders 012323102021
per 100,000 0.02.24.36.34.25.81.90.04.10.04.02.0
Rapes 911618169562675
per 100,000 21.123.812.837.933.417.59.711.44.112.013.99.8
Robberies 374138664842303040493040
per 100,000 86.788.881.0139.0100.281.558.157.081.698.059.578.5
Assaults 1051129982261081232497194
per 100,000 246.1242.7211.0172.754.319.415.522.865.398.0140.7184.4
Burglaries 536861714730847778705638593727572560
per 100,000 1,256.21,865.71,521.61,537.41,768.21,509.01,365.51,212.41,209.81,453.41,133.71,098.7
Thefts 1,3251,8711,6911,7921,8371,6951,1141,1501,4391,4771,5111,524
per 100,000 3,105.44,054.23,603.63,774.13,834.83,287.72,157.72,185.32,935.82,952.82,994.72,989.9
Auto thefts 18124025723323014910812311511813294
per 100,000 424.2520.0547.7490.7480.1289.0209.2233.7234.6235.9261.6184.4
Arson 5444115533544
per 100,000 11.78.78.58.423.09.79.75.76.110.07.97.8
City-data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 284.6) 306.7392.6344.3378.2355.1284.9209.3201.1244.7269.6258.5257.0

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City-data.com crime index counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Palm Desert detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Palm Desert tourist attractions:

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.5%
California:

5.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +10,518 (+34.3%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (11%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (10%)
  • Other services, except public administration (7%)
  • Construction (7%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (20%)
  • Accommodation and food services (18%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (6%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (14%)
  • Sales and related occupations (14%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (8%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (16%)
  • Sales and related occupations (14%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (12%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (8%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (7%)

Work and jobs in Palm Desert: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Palm Desert, California

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Palm Desert-area historical earthquake activity is near California state average. It is 689% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/28/1992 at 11:57:34, a magnitude 7.6 (6.2 MB, 7.6 MS, 7.3 MW, Depth: 0.7 mi, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 33.1 miles away from the city center, causing 3 deaths (1 shaking deaths, 2 other deaths) and 400 injuries, causing $100,000,000 total damage and $40,000,000 insured losses
On 10/16/1999 at 09:46:44, a magnitude 7.4 (6.3 MB, 7.4 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.3 ML) earthquake occurred 54.7 miles away from Palm Desert center
On 7/21/1952 at 11:52:14, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK) earthquake occurred 174.1 miles away from the city center, causing $50,000,000 total damage
On 5/19/1940 at 04:36:40, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK) earthquake occurred 52.1 miles away from the city center, causing $33,000,000 total damage
On 12/31/1934 at 18:45:56, a magnitude 7.1 (7.1 UK) earthquake occurred 80.1 miles away from Palm Desert center
On 6/28/1992 at 15:05:30, a magnitude 6.9 (6.3 MB, 6.7 MS, 6.5 MW, 6.9 ME, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 46.7 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), energy magnitude (ME), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Riverside County (42) is a lot greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 25
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 22, Floods: 17, Storms: 8, Winter Storms: 6, Landslides: 5, Mudslides: 3, Earthquake: 1, Flash Flood: 1, Freeze: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Palm Desert topographic map

Birthplace of: Jack Blades - Rock bass guitarist, Steve Previn - Film and TV director, David Wachs - Actor.

Main business address for: PENN OCTANE CORP (WHOLESALE-PETROLEUM & PETROLEUM PRODUCTS (NO BULK STATIONS)).

Hospitals and medical centers in Palm Desert:

  • EISENHOWER MED CEN HOMECARE HOSPICE (42201 BEACON HILL #B)
  • MANORCARE HEALTH SERVICES (74-350 COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE)
  • MONTEREY PALMS HEALTHCARE CENTER (44-610 MONTEREY AVENUE)
  • THE SPRINGS AT THE CARLOTTA (41-505 CARLOTTA DRIVE)
  • RAI-CORPORATE WAY-PALM DESERT (41-501 CORPORATE WAY)
  • EISENHOWER MEDICAL CENTER HOMECARE (42 201 BEACON HILL #B)
  • HOME HEALTH ANGELS (74040 HIGHWAY 111, STUITE L-217)

Heliports located in Palm Desert:

Amtrak station:

PALM DESERT (MONTEREY AVE. & SAN GORGONIO WAY) - Bus Station . Services: fully wheelchair accessible, public payphones, snack bar, free short-term parking, call for taxi service, public transit connection.

Colleges/Universities in Palm Desert:

  • College of the Desert (Full-time enrollment: 5,686; Location: 43-500 Monterey Ave; Public; Website: collegeofthedesert.edu)
  • Milan Institute-Palm Desert (FT enrollment: 357; Location: 75-030 Gerald Ford Drive, Suite 203; Private, for-profit; Website: www.milaninstitute.edu)
  • International School of Beauty Inc (FT enrollment: 281; Location: 72261 Hwy 111 Ste 121-B; Private, for-profit; Website: internationalschoolofbeauty.com)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Palm Desert:

  • Mt San Jacinto Community College District (about 35 miles; San Jacinto, CA; Full-time enrollment: 8,426)
  • Crafton Hills College (about 48 miles; Yucaipa, CA; FT enrollment: 3,222)
  • Moreno Valley College (about 50 miles; Moreno Valley, CA; FT enrollment: 4,650)
  • University of Redlands (about 52 miles; Redlands, CA; FT enrollment: 4,854)
  • Loma Linda University (about 56 miles; Loma Linda, CA; FT enrollment: 2,839)
  • The Art Institute of California-Argosy University Inland Empire (about 58 miles; San Bernardino, CA; FT enrollment: 2,238)
  • University of California-Riverside (about 58 miles; Riverside, CA; FT enrollment: 20,647)

Public high school in Palm Desert:

Private high schools in Palm Desert:

  • XAVIER COLLEGE PREPARATORY HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 484, Location: 34200 COOK ST, Grades: 9-12)
  • THE OASIS PREPARATORY SCHOOL (Students: 49, Location: 77530 ENFIELD LN, Grades: KG-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Palm Desert:

Private elementary/middle schools in Palm Desert:

  • SACRED HEART SCHOOL (Students: 611, Location: 43775 DEEP CANYON RD, Grades: PK-8)
  • PALM DESERT LEARNING TREE (Students: 151, Location: 42675 WASHINGTON ST, Grades: PK-5)
  • THE ACADEMY OF PALM DESERT COMMUNITY PRESBYTERIAN (Students: 132, Location: 47321 STATE HIGHWAY 74, Grades: PK-5)
  • DESERT ADVENTIST ACADEMY (Students: 87, Location: 74200 COUNTRY CLUB DR STE 2, Grades: KG-8)
  • JEWISH COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF THE DESERT (Students: 51, Location: 73251 HOVLEY LN W, Grades: PK-6)
  • MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF THE DESERT (Students: 10, Location: 73925 FRED WARING DR, Grades: KG-1)
See full list of schools located in Palm Desert

User submitted facts and corrections:

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Notable locations in Palm Desert: Portola Country Club (A), Palm Desert Country Club (B), Oasis Country Club (C), Woodhaven Country Club (D), Shadow Mountain Golf Course (E), Monterey Country Club (F), Marrakesh Country Club (G), Ironwood Country Club (H), Chaparral Country Club (I), Bighorn Golf Club (J), The Lakes Country Club (K), Palm Valley Country Club (L), Palm Desert Resort and Country Club (M), Indian Ridge Country Club (N), Emerald Desert Country Club (O), Desert Falls Country Club (P), Avondale Country Club (Q), Santa Rosa Country Club (R), Palm Desert Branch Riverside City and County Public Library (S), Palm Desert Country Club Branch Riverside City and County Public Library (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Town Center Square Shopping Center (1), Palms to Pines West Shopping Center (2), Palm Desert Shopping Center (3), Palms to Pines Shopping Center (4), El Paseo Shopping Center (5), Plaza de Monterey Shopping Center (6), Monterey Marketplace Shopping Center (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Main business address in Palm Desert: PENN OCTANE CORP (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Palm Desert include: Christ of the Desert Newman Center (A), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (B), First Baptist Church (C), Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses (D), Hope Lutheran Church (E), Sacred Heart Catholic Church (F), Saint George Orthodox Church (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creeks: Dead Indian Creek (A), Cat Creek (B), Ramon Creek (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Palm Desert include: Cahuilla Park (1), Civic Center Park (2), Palm Desert Community Park (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Arte Gallery (Art Museums; 73680 El Paseo) (1), The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens (Botanical Gardens; 47900 Portola Avenue) (2). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Hotels: Best Western Palm Desert Resor (74 695 Highway 111) (1), Casa Larrea Inn (73771 Larrea St) (2), Bighorn Concierge (255 Palowet Drive) (3). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Riverside County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 300. This is significantly worse than average.

City:

300
U.S.:

75

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2013 was 0.104. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 8.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.104
U.S.:

0.293

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 6.17. This is about average. Closest monitor was 8.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

6.17
U.S.:

6.40

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 45.9. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 8.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

45.9
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 43.2. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 8.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

43.2
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 7.29. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 8.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.29
U.S.:

9.35
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 10.6%
(9.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 3.8% for Black residents, 13.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 17.7% for other race residents, 5.5% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.1 people
California:  2.9 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  57.3%
Whole state:  68.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  6.9%
Whole state:  7.2%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.7% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.9% of all households

People in group quarters in Palm Desert in 2010:

  • 210 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 43 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 39 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 14 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 2 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers

People in group quarters in Palm Desert in 2000:

  • 152 people in nursing homes
  • 64 people in other group homes
  • 11 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

Palm Desert, California environmental map by EPA

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Banks with most branches in Palm Desert (2011 data):

  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Palm Desert Pcs Branch, Palm Desert Branch, Monterey Store Branch, Desert Gateway Branch, Tri City Branch. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • Bank of America, National Association: Palm Desert Branch, Monterey Avenue Branch, Palm Desert Private Bank, Washington Street Branch. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation
  • U.S. Bank National Association: Palm Desert Highway 111 Branch, Palm Desert - El Paseo Branch, Palm Desert - Univeristy Village Bra, Palm Desert Albertsons Branch. Info updated 2012/01/30: Bank assets: $330,470.8 mil, Deposits: $236,091.5 mil, headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, positive income, 3121 total offices, Holding Company: U.S. Bancorp
  • FirstBank: 42nd & Washington Branch, Palm Desert Branch, Sun City Branch. Info updated 2011/12/05: Bank assets: $11,597.1 mil, Deposits: $10,530.4 mil, headquarters in Lakewood, CO, positive income, Mortgage Lending Specialization, 130 total offices, Holding Company: Firstbank Holding Company
  • Palm Desert National Bank: at 73-745 El Paseo Drive, branch established on 1981/12/07; Coachella Valley Mesngr. Ser. Branch at 73-745 El Paseo, branch established on 1993/09/27. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $125.8 mil, Deposits: $122.8 mil, local headquarters, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 2 total offices, Holding Company: Palm Desert Investments
  • Union Bank, National Association: Cook And County Club Branch at 74924 Country Club Drive Ste 1, branch established on 1994/03/25; Palm Desert Branch at 73785 El Paseo Avenue, branch established on 1993/11/01. Info updated 2011/09/01: Bank assets: $88,967.5 mil, Deposits: $65,286.4 mil, headquarters in San Francisco, CA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 403 total offices, Holding Company: Mitsubishi Ufj Financial Group, Inc.
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association: Palm Desert Stater Bros at 78210 Varner Rd, branch established on 2010/05/07; 72-705 State Hwy 111 Branch at 72-705 State Hwy 111, branch established on 1919/01/01. Info updated 2011/11/10: Bank assets: $1,811,678.0 mil, Deposits: $1,190,738.0 mil, headquarters in Columbus, OH, positive income, International Specialization, 5577 total offices, Holding Company: Jpmorgan Chase & Co.
  • First California Bank: Palm Desert Branch at 78-000 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 100, branch established on 2003/03/03. Info updated 2011/02/22: Bank assets: $1,813.2 mil, Deposits: $1,428.5 mil, headquarters in Westlake Village, CA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 22 total offices, Holding Company: First California Financial Group, Inc.
  • Frontier Bank, FSB: Washington Street Branch at 39580 Washington St, branch established on 2006/11/13. Info updated 2011/12/02: Bank assets: $261.3 mil, Deposits: $226.3 mil, headquarters in Park City, UT, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 5 total offices
  • 9 other banks with 9 local branches

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.0
California average:

15.4

Palm Desert travel time to work - commute Palm Desert mode of transportation to work chart

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Religion statistics for Palm Desert city (based on Riverside County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic602,76551
Evangelical Protestant240,306741
Other77,581194
Mainline Protestant29,535103
Black Protestant19,17040
Orthodox3,64711
None1,216,637-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 330
Riverside County:

1.60 / 10,000 pop.
California:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 11
This county:

0.05 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.04 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 91
Riverside County:

0.44 / 10,000 pop.
California:

0.62 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 311
Riverside County:

1.51 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.49 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 1,125
Here:

5.45 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.42 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

7.7%
California:

7.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Riverside County:

24.5%
California:

21.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

15.2%
State:

17.9%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

51.9%
State:

48.8%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Palm Desert:

48.9%
California:

47.1%

Average BMI:
Palm Desert:

28.3
State:

28.1

People feeling badly about themselves:
Palm Desert:

20.1%
California:

20.9%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Palm Desert:

10.5%
California:

11.4%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.9
California:

6.8

Overweight people:
Here:

35.3%
California:

31.3%

General health condition:
Palm Desert:

55.8%
California:

55.7%

Average condition of hearing:
Palm Desert:

76.0%
California:

80.6%

More about Health and Nutrition of Palm Desert, CA Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 16$140,684$105,5130$0
Other Government Administration 22$154,607$84,3310$0
Streets and Highways 36$270,602$90,2010$0
Solid Waste Management 1$8,245$98,9400$0
Parks and Recreation 7$59,075$101,2710$0
Housing and Community Development(Local) 27$234,311$104,1380$0
Other and Unallocable 13$90,330$83,3820$0
Totals for Government 122$957,854$94,2150$0

Palm Desert government finances - Expenditure in 2006 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $12,650,000 ($247.06)
    Housing and Community Development: $3,064,000 ($59.84)
    Local Fire Protection: $1,302,000 ($25.43)
    Parks and Recreation: $193,000 ($3.77)
    General - Other: $176,000 ($3.44)
  • Current Operations - Housing and Community Development: $45,357,000 ($885.84)
    Parks and Recreation: $12,838,000 ($250.73)
    Regular Highways: $8,961,000 ($175.01)
    Central Staff Services: $5,969,000 ($116.58)
    Local Fire Protection: $4,637,000 ($90.56)
    General - Other: $4,327,000 ($84.51)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $2,646,000 ($51.68)
    Financial Administration: $2,410,000 ($47.07)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $709,000 ($13.85)
    Health - Other: $692,000 ($13.52)
    Police Protection: $490,000 ($9.57)
    Libraries: $274,000 ($5.35)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $15,442,000 ($301.59)
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Police Protection: $10,601,000 ($207.04)
    Local Fire Protection: $2,130,000 ($41.60)
    Regular Highways: $201,000 ($3.93)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Housing and Community Development: $29,105,000 ($568.43)
    Central Staff Services: $92,000 ($1.80)
    Financial Administration: $79,000 ($1.54)
    Police Protection: $72,000 ($1.41)
    General - Other: $31,000 ($0.61)
    Parks and Recreation: $15,000 ($0.29)
    Health - Other: $13,000 ($0.25)
    Regular Highways: $3,000 ($0.06)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $1,000 ($0.02)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $7,944,000 ($155.15)

Palm Desert government finances - Revenue in 2006 (per resident):

  • Charges - Parks and Recreation: $9,652,000 ($188.51)
    Regular Highways: $6,983,000 ($136.38)
    Housing and Community Development: $5,555,000 ($108.49)
    All Other: $4,452,000 ($86.95)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $290,000 ($5.66)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $8,938,000 ($174.56)
    Special Assessments: $6,751,000 ($131.85)
    Sale of Property: $3,158,000 ($61.68)
    Rents: $1,287,000 ($25.14)
    Donations From Private Sources: $1,030,000 ($20.12)
    Fines and Forfeits: $386,000 ($7.54)
    General Revenue, NEC: $26,000 ($0.51)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $7,987,000 ($155.99)
    Highways: $1,138,000 ($22.23)
    All Other: $407,000 ($7.95)
  • Tax - Property: $82,116,000 ($1603.77)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $16,144,000 ($315.30)
    Other Selective Sales: $8,687,000 ($169.66)
    Other License: $7,754,000 ($151.44)
    Public Utilities Sales: $2,581,000 ($50.41)
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $1,289,000 ($25.17)
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $1,030,000 ($20.12)

Palm Desert government finances - Debt in 2006 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $319,591,000 ($6241.77)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $277,394,000 ($5417.64)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $50,000,000 ($976.52)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $7,803,000 ($152.40)

Palm Desert government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $54,855,000 ($1071.34)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $117,578,000 ($2296.36)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $80,537,000 ($1572.93)

6.73% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($44,075 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.73%
California average:

5.03%

0.05% of residents moved from foreign countries ($337 average AGI)
Riverside County:

0.05%
California average:

0.07%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from San Bernardino County, CA  1.45% ($40,820 average AGI)
from Los Angeles County, CA  1.38% ($43,924)
from Orange County, CA  1.03% ($49,190)


6.01% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($39,982 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.01%
California average:

5.12%

0.06% of residents moved to foreign countries ($396 average AGI)
Riverside County:

0.06%
California average:

0.10%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to San Bernardino County, CA  1.22% ($35,688 average AGI)
to Los Angeles County, CA  0.94% ($37,493)
to Orange County, CA  0.88% ($47,472)

Strongest AM radio stations in Palm Desert:

  • KNWQ (1140 AM; 10 kW; PALM SPRINGS, CA; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KCMJ (1270 AM; 5 kW; THOUSAND PALMS, CA; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KXPS (1010 AM; 4 kW; THOUSAND PALMS, CA; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KPSI (920 AM; 5 kW; PALM SPRINGS, CA; Owner: R & R RADIO CORPORATION)
  • KNWZ (970 AM; 5 kW; COACHELLA, CA; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KESQ (1400 AM; 1 kW; INDIO, CA; Owner: GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST CO.)
  • KWXY (1340 AM; 1 kW; CATHEDRAL CITY, CA; Owner: GLEN BARNETT, INC.)
  • KGAM (1450 AM; 1 kW; PALM SPRINGS, CA; Owner: R & R RADIO CORPORATION)
  • KFMB (760 AM; 50 kW; SAN DIEGO, CA; Owner: MIDWEST TELEVISION, INC.)
  • KPLS (830 AM; 50 kW; ORANGE, CA; Owner: CRN LICENSES, LLC)
  • KLAC (570 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KCBQ (1170 AM; 50 kW; SAN DIEGO, CA; Owner: RADIO 1210, INC.)
  • KFI (640 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

Strongest FM radio stations in Palm Desert:

  • KATY-FM (101.3 FM; IDYLLWILD, CA; Owner: ALL PRO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KCLB-FM (93.7 FM; COACHELLA, CA; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KCRI (89.3 FM; INDIO, CA; Owner: SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DIST.)
  • KLOB (94.7 FM; THOUSAND PALMS, CA; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KJJZ (102.3 FM; INDIO, CA; Owner: R M BROADCASTING L.L.C.)
  • KUNA-FM (96.7 FM; LA QUINTA, CA; Owner: GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST COMPANY)
  • K280CV (103.9 FM; CATHEDRAL CITY, CA; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KLRD (90.1 FM; YUCAIPA, CA; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • KEZN (103.1 FM; PALM DESERT, CA; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KHCS (91.7 FM; PALM DESERT, CA; Owner: PRAIRIE AVENUE GOSPEL CENTER)
  • KMRJ (99.5 FM; RANCHO MIRAGE, CA; Owner: DANIEL P. MITCHELL)
  • KDES-FM (104.7 FM; PALM SPRINGS, CA; Owner: R & R RADIO CORPORATION)
  • K201AR (88.1 FM; BANNING, CA; Owner: KSGN, INC.)
  • K232CX (94.3 FM; DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KWXY-FM (98.5 FM; CATHEDRAL CITY, CA; Owner: GLEN BARNETT, INC.)
  • KPSC (88.5 FM; PALM SPRINGS, CA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA)
  • KYOR (106.9 FM; YUCCA VALLEY, CA; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KKUU (92.7 FM; INDIO, CA; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KRTM (88.9 FM; TEMECULA, CA; Owner: PENFOLD COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KLVJ (100.1 FM; JULIAN, CA; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)

TV broadcast stations around Palm Desert:

  • KESQ-TV (Channel 42; PALM SPRINGS, CA; Owner: GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST COMPANY)
  • KYAV-LP (Channel 12; PALM SPRINGS, CA; Owner: JDF INVESTMENT CO. LLC)
  • KVPS-LP (Channel 8; INDIO, CA; Owner: VALCOM BROADCASTING LLC)
  • KMIR-TV (Channel 36; PALM SPRINGS, CA; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • K25GW (Channel 25; INDIO, CA; Owner: DESERT SPRINGS, INC.)
  • K19DH (Channel 19; INDIO, CA; Owner: DESERT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KEVC-CA (Channel 5; INDIO, CA; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KPSP-LP (Channel 58; CATHEDRAL CITY-PALM, CA; Owner: DESERT TELEVISION LLC)
  • K06MB (Channel 6; INDIO, CA; Owner: PARK PLACE BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KVER-CA (Channel 4; INDIO, CA; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KODG-LP (Channel 17; PALM SPRINGS, CA; Owner: BILTMORE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

See more detailed statistics of Palm Desert fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2014 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 23Number of bridges
  • 157m515ftTotal length
  • 547,127Total average daily traffic
  • 90,882Total average daily truck traffic

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 21960-1969
  • 61980-1989
  • 131990-1999
  • 22000-2009
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Palm Desert, CA
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 134 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Palm Desert)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 64 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in Palm Desert, CA)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 92 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 319 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Palm Desert)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 2 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Palm Desert)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 46 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 3 full and 5 partial tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED99$218,188397$266,3741,055$273,83539$161,8031$12,374,640599$268,75310$143,081
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED11$250,30848$256,500127$273,8094$204,3530$077$260,3726$162,110
APPLICATIONS DENIED20$198,20882$283,134498$304,12815$189,4131$1,274,710215$281,0627$124,720
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN16$224,46464$257,512250$293,78111$223,9981$804,520115$290,2373$234,860
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS4$181,06511$263,59564$269,6321$202,3300$019$268,4591$276,640
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 1999

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0449.11 , 0449.12, 0449.13, 0449.14, 0451.05, 0451.06, 0451.07, 0451.08

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 3 full and 5 partial tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED9$278,2375$358,4242$260,440
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED4$232,0402$352,4952$163,995
APPLICATIONS DENIED2$289,7351$225,4600$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN1$190,7700$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS1$150,6700$00$0
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 1999

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0449.11 , 0449.12, 0449.13, 0449.14, 0451.05, 0451.06, 0451.07, 0451.08

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Drinking water stations with addresses in Palm Desert and their reported violations in the past:

SHADOW HILLS RV RESORT (Population served: 150, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One minor monitoring violation

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Hazardous Condition: 1

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Palm Desert, California:

  • Marriott Desert Springs Resort, 74855 Country CLB Dr, Palm Desert, California 92260 , Phone: (760) 341-2211, Fax: (760) 341-1872
  • Embassy Suites Palm Desert Resort, 74-700 Hwy 111, Palm Desert, California 92260 , Phone: (760) 340-6600, Fax: (760) 340-9519
  • Holiday Inn Express Palm Desert, 74675 Hwy 111, Palm Desert, California 92260 , Phone: (760) 340-4303, Fax: (760) 340-3723
  • Courtyard By Marriott, Palm Desert, 74895 Frank Sinatra, Palm Desert, California 92211 , Phone: (760) 776-4150, Fax: (760) 776-1816
  • Hampton Inn & Suites, 74 900 Gerald Ford Dr, Palm Desert, California 92211 , Phone: (760) 340-1001, Fax: (760) 340-9050
  • Sun Dunes Villas, 40-215 Harris Ln, Palm Desert, California 92211 , Phone: (760) 345-4621
  • Homewood Suites Palm Desert, 36999 Cook St, Palm Desert, California 92211 , Phone: (760) 568-1600, Fax: (760) 568-1608
All 7 fire-safe hotels and motels in Palm Desert, California
Most common first names in Palm Desert, CA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Robert37976.1 years
John37376.7 years
William32076.3 years
Mary25379.8 years
James23975.9 years
Richard18274.5 years
George18078.3 years
Charles17877.0 years
Dorothy15180.9 years
Helen15082.8 years
Most common last names in Palm Desert, CA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith10477.1 years
Johnson7575.6 years
Miller7179.5 years
Davis5679.8 years
Jones5477.7 years
Brown5377.2 years
Williams4778.9 years
Anderson4780.7 years
Thompson4376.6 years
Taylor4276.7 years

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (73%)
  • Electricity (26%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)
  • No fuel used (1%)
Businesses in Palm Desert, CA
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven1Justice1
99 Cents Only Stores2Kohl's1
ALDO1Kroger1
AT&T2Lane Bryant1
Ace Hardware1Lane Furniture1
Aeropostale1LensCrafters2
Albertsons2Lowe's1
American Eagle Outfitters1Macy's2
Ann Taylor1Marriott7
Apple Store1Marshalls1
Applebee's1MasterBrand Cabinets10
Arby's1McDonald's3
Ashley Furniture1Men's Wearhouse1
AutoZone1Motel 61
Avenue1Motherhood Maternity2
Banana Republic1New Balance7
Barnes & Noble1New York & Co1
Baskin-Robbins1Nike2
Bath & Body Works1OfficeMax1
Bed Bath & Beyond1Old Navy1
Best Western1Olive Garden1
Brooks Brothers1Outback1
Brookstone1Outback Steakhouse1
Buffalo Wild Wings1Pac Sun1
Burger King2Panda Express3
CVS1Panera Bread1
Cache2Payless2
Carl\s Jr.2PetSmart1
Casual Male XL1Pier 1 Imports1
Charlotte Russe1Pizza Hut1
Chico's1Popeyes1
Chipotle1Pottery Barn1
Chuck E. Cheese's1Quiznos2
Cinnabon 1RadioShack1
Circle K5Rite Aid3
Cold Stone Creamery2SAS Shoes1
Coldwater Creek1Safeway1
Comfort Suites1Saks Fifth Avenue1
Costco1Sam's Club1
DHL1Sears2
Decora Cabinetry3Soma Intimates1
Dennys1Spencer Gifts1
Discount Tire1Sprint Nextel1
Domino's Pizza2Staples1
El Pollo Loco1Starbucks9
Ethan Allen1Subway3
Express1T-Mobile6
Famous Footwear1T.J.Maxx1
FedEx16Taco Bell1
Finish Line1Talbots1
Foot Locker1Target1
Forever 211Torrid1
GNC3Toys"R"Us1
GameStop2Trader Joe's1
Gap1True Value1
Gymboree1U-Haul2
H&R Block2UPS15
Hilton2Vans4
Holiday Inn1Verizon Wireless2
Hollister Co.1Victoria's Secret1
HomeTown Buffet1Vons1
Hot Topic1Walgreens2
IHOP1Walmart1
J.Crew1Wendy's1
JCPenney1Westin1
Jamba Juice1Wet Seal1
Jones New York3World Gym1
Journeys1YMCA1
Juicy Couture1

Palm Desert compared to California state average:

  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • House age below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Palm Desert on our top lists:

  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Personal care and service occupations (population 50,000+)"
  • #2 on the list of "Top 100 cities with oldest residents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #8 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations (population 50,000+)"
  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Arts, entertainment, and recreation (population 50,000+)"
  • #10 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest average yearly precipitation (population 50,000+)"
  • #12 on the list of "Top 100 cities with strongest arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services industries (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Accommodation and food services (population 50,000+)"
  • #15 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of likely gay men couples (counted as self-reported male-male unmarried-partner households) (population 50,000+)"
  • #15 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Real estate and rental and leasing (population 50,000+)"
  • #16 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest daily high temperatures (population 50,000+)"
  • #19 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households) (population 50,000+)"
  • #20 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest cost per building permit(population 50,000+)"
  • #21 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations (population 50,000+)"
  • #24 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Information (population 50,000+)"
  • #24 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Arts, entertainment, and recreation (population 50,000+)"
  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the hottest summers (population 50,000+)"
  • #31 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Administrative and support and waste management services (population 50,000+)"
  • #33 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the smallest precipitation differences during a year (population 50,000+)"
  • #34 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest percentage of workers working at home, population 50,000+"
  • #34 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of likely lesbian couples (counted as self-reported female-female unmarried-partner households) (population 50,000+)"
  • #3 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest lead air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #11 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic adherents"
  • #11 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #12 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest carbon monoxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
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