Desert Palms, California

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Population in 2010: 6,957.
Males: 3,091  (44.4%)
Females: 3,866  (55.6%)
Median resident age:

75.9 years
California median age:

37.0 years
Estimated median household income in 2019: $73,260
Desert Palms:

$73,260
CA:

$80,440

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $30,383

Desert Palms CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $384,400
Desert Palms:

$384,400
CA:

$568,500

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $455,542; detached houses: $462,061; townhouses or other attached units: $372,591

Median gross rent in 2019: $2,525.

March 2019 cost of living index in Desert Palms: 81.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 7.0%
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  • Races in Desert Palms, CA (2019)
    • 5,96686.2%White alone
    • 2834.1%Hispanic
    • 2473.6%Black alone
    • 1442.1%Two or more races
    • 240.3%Asian alone

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

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Ancestries: American (11.7%), English (11.1%), German (8.1%), Italian (5.9%), European (5.7%), Scottish (5.2%).

Current Local Time: PST time zone

606 residents are foreign born (4.1% Europe, 2.8% North America).

This place:

8.8%
California:

26.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $4,836 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $4,501 (1.1%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Coachella Valley, CA (12.1 miles , pop. 118,932).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Riverside, CA (64.1 miles , pop. 255,166).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: San Diego, CA (84.8 miles , pop. 1,223,400).

Nearest cities:

Bermuda Dunes, CA (1.6 miles ),
Indian Wells, CA (2.2 miles ),
Indio Hills, CA (2.3 miles ),
Palm Desert, CA (2.4 miles ),
Indio, CA (2.4 miles ),
Thousand Palms, CA (2.4 miles ),
Rancho Mirage, CA (2.7 miles ),
La Quinta, CA (2.7 miles )

Latitude: 33.78 N, Longitude: 116.30 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 760

Distribution of median household income in Desert Palms, CA in 2019
Distribution of house value in Desert Palms, CA in 2019
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

7.8%
California:

7.9%
Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI CO NO2 Ozone PM10
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 168. This is significantly worse than average.

City:

168
U.S.:

74
Carbon Monoxide Level

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2018 was 0.174. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 6.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.174
U.S.:

0.267
Nitrogen Dioxide Level

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 6.74. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 6.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

6.74
U.S.:

5.56
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 41.5. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 6.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

41.5
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 35.1. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 6.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

35.1
U.S.:

19.6

Earthquake activity:

Desert Palms-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above California state average. It is 6803% 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 31.0 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 51.5 miles away from Desert Palms center
On 7/21/1952 at 11:52:14, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK) earthquake occurred 175.8 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 51.8 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 81.8 miles away from the city 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 46.1 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 (46) is a lot greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 27
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 22, Floods: 20, Storms: 8, Winter Storms: 8, Landslides: 6, Mudslides: 5, Heavy Rains: 2, Earthquake: 1, Flash Flood: 1, Freeze: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Desert Palms:

  • LA QUINTA KIDNEY CENTER, LLC (Dialysis Facility, about 5 miles away; LA QUINTA, CA)
  • MONTEREY PALMS HEALTHCARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; PALM DESERT, CA)
  • COUNTRY VILLA RANCHO MIRAGE HEALTHCARE CTR (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; RANCHO MIRAGE, CA)
  • KIDNEY INSTITUTE OF THE DESERT (Dialysis Facility, about 6 miles away; INDIO, CA)
  • CANYON SPRINGS (Hospital, about 9 miles away; CATHEDRAL CITY, CA)
  • CHARTER BHS OF SO CA PALM SPRINGS (Hospital, about 9 miles away; CATHEDRAL CITY, CA)
  • CATHEDRAL CITY DIALYSIS (Dialysis Facility, about 11 miles away; CATHEDRAL CITY, CA)

Amtrak stations near Desert Palms:

  • 6 miles: INDIO (45995 MONROE ST.) - Bus Station . Services: fully wheelchair accessible, public payphones, snack bar, free short-term parking, call for taxi service.
  • 7 miles: 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.
  • 15 miles: PALM SPRINGS (300 N. INDIAN AVE.) - Bus Station . Services: fully wheelchair accessible, public payphones, free short-term parking, call for taxi service, public transit connection.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Desert Palms:

  • College of the Desert (about 7 miles; Palm Desert, CA; Full-time enrollment: 5,686)
  • Mt San Jacinto Community College District (about 39 miles; San Jacinto, CA; FT enrollment: 8,426)
  • Crafton Hills College (about 50 miles; Yucaipa, CA; FT enrollment: 3,222)
  • Moreno Valley College (about 53 miles; Moreno Valley, CA; FT enrollment: 4,650)
  • University of Redlands (about 54 miles; Redlands, CA; FT enrollment: 4,854)
  • Loma Linda University (about 59 miles; Loma Linda, CA; FT enrollment: 2,839)
  • The Art Institute of California-Argosy University Inland Empire (about 60 miles; San Bernardino, CA; FT enrollment: 2,238)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Desert Palms: Hunter Palms Ranch (A), Fleming Ranch (B), Riverside County Fire Department Station 80 Indio (C). Display/hide their 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
Average household size:
This place:

1.7 people
California:

2.9 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

61.4%
Whole state:

68.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

4.0%
Whole state:

7.2%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.8% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

For population 15 years and over in Desert Palms:

Marital status in Desert Palms, CA
  • Never married: 6.9%
  • Now married: 66.1%
  • Separated: 1.0%
  • Widowed: 14.3%
  • Divorced: 11.7%

For population 25 years and over in Desert Palms:

  • High school or higher: 98.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 42.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 16.4%
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.4
California average:

14.9

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Desert Palms, CA (based on Riverside County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
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
This county:

1.60 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

0.05 / 10,000 pop.
California:

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

0.44 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

1.51 / 10,000 pop.
California:

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

5.45 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.42 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Riverside County:

7.7%
State:

7.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Riverside County:

24.5%
California:

21.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

15.2%
California:

17.9%

6.47% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($57,010 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.47%
California average:

5.03%

0.05% of residents moved from foreign countries ($452 average AGI)
Riverside County:

0.05%
California average:

0.07%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from San Bernardino County, CA  1.31% ($51,234 average AGI)
from Los Angeles County, CA  1.23% ($57,313)
from Orange County, CA  1.00% ($64,976)


5.66% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($52,625 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.66%
California average:

5.21%

0.05% of residents moved to foreign countries ($480 average AGI)
Riverside County:

0.05%
California average:

0.09%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to San Bernardino County, CA  1.11% ($44,347 average AGI)
to Los Angeles County, CA  0.77% ($46,622)
to Orange County, CA  0.71% ($58,801)

Strongest AM radio stations in Desert Palms:

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

Strongest FM radio stations in Desert Palms:

  • KCLB-FM (93.7 FM; COACHELLA, CA; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KCRI (89.3 FM; INDIO, CA; Owner: SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DIST.)
  • 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)
  • KKUU (92.7 FM; INDIO, CA; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KPSC (88.5 FM; PALM SPRINGS, CA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA)
  • KLOB (94.7 FM; THOUSAND PALMS, CA; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • K280CV (103.9 FM; CATHEDRAL CITY, CA; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • 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)
  • KPLM (106.1 FM; PALM SPRINGS, CA; Owner: R M BROADCASTING L.L.C.)
  • KMRJ (99.5 FM; RANCHO MIRAGE, CA; Owner: DANIEL P. MITCHELL)
  • KATY-FM (101.3 FM; IDYLLWILD, CA; Owner: ALL PRO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KDES-FM (104.7 FM; PALM SPRINGS, CA; Owner: R & R RADIO CORPORATION)
  • KLRD (90.1 FM; YUCAIPA, CA; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • KYOR (106.9 FM; YUCCA VALLEY, CA; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KWXY-FM (98.5 FM; CATHEDRAL CITY, CA; Owner: GLEN BARNETT, INC.)
  • K201AR (88.1 FM; BANNING, CA; Owner: KSGN, INC.)
  • K232CX (94.3 FM; DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • K268AH (101.5 FM; PALM SPRINGS, CA; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Desert Palms:

  • KESQ-TV (Channel 42; PALM SPRINGS, CA; Owner: GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST COMPANY)
  • KYAV-LP (Channel 12; PALM SPRINGS, CA; Owner: JDF INVESTMENT CO. LLC)
  • KEVC-CA (Channel 5; INDIO, CA; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KVPS-LP (Channel 8; INDIO, CA; Owner: VALCOM BROADCASTING 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)
  • KMIR-TV (Channel 36; PALM SPRINGS, CA; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • K19DH (Channel 19; INDIO, CA; Owner: DESERT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K25GW (Channel 25; INDIO, CA; Owner: DESERT SPRINGS, INC.)
  • KPSP-LP (Channel 58; CATHEDRAL CITY-PALM, CA; Owner: DESERT TELEVISION LLC)
  • KVES-LP (Channel 28; PALM SPRINGS, CA; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
Desert Palms fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2019
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2019

Desert Palms fatal accident list:

Jul 16, 2006 01:10 PM, Del Webb Bl, Lat: 33.791160, Lon: -116.291520, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
Feb 18, 2005 09:44 PM, I-10, Lat: 33.759950, Lon: -116.300260, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Pedestrians: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
Oct 18, 2002 10:58 PM, I-10, Lat: 33.760238, Lon: -116.301128, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 1Number of bridges
  • 10ft / 2.7mTotal length
  • 5,647Total average daily traffic
  • 56Total average daily truck traffic
  • 22,444Total future (year 2038) average daily traffic
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Desert Palms, CA
  • 84.8%Utility gas
  • 14.4%Electricity
  • 0.8%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Desert Palms, CA
  • 59.4%Utility gas
  • 34.4%Electricity
  • 6.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Desert Palms compared to California state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Desert Palms on our top lists:

  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: education, training, and library occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: personal care and service occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #15 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: health care and social assistance (population 5,000+)"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #18 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #19 on the list of "Top 100 cities with oldest residents"
  • #29 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: real estate and rental and leasing (population 5,000+)"
  • #35 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Hungary (population 500+)"
  • #42 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: sales and related occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #44 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: healthcare support occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #59 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: wholesale trade (population 5,000+)"
  • #61 on the list of "Top 100 cities with the largest percentage of females (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #75 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Northern Europe (population 500+)"
  • #79 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most people living the same house as 1 year ago (population 5,000+))"
  • #82 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Sweden (population 500+)"
  • #92 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: arts, entertainment, and recreation (population 5,000+)"
  • #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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