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Palmdale, California - Basic Facts

The City of Palmdale is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Los Angeles County at latitude 34.591 and longitude -118.1054. Los Angeles County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 2,657 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Palmdale, but most people and references simply refer to it as Palmdale, California.

The P1 Census Class Code for Palmdale indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Palmdale (see map below) encompass a land area of 105.97 sq. miles and a water area of 0.25 sq. miles.

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Palmdale, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 157,038
Population in Households 156,843
Population in Familes 140,526
Population in Group Qrtrs 195
Population Density1 1,482
Diversity Index2 87


Total Households 43,738
Average Household Size 3.59
Family Households 36,003
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 47,384 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 28,932 (61.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 14,806 (31.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,646 ( 7.7%)
Median Home Value $231,272
Average Home Value $256,031


Median Household Income $54,802
Average Household Income $70,295
Per Capita Income $19,624
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.65% 0.7%
Households 0.43% 0.63%
Families 0.44% 0.66%
Median Household Income   1.84%
Per Capita Income   2.18%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Palmdale, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Palmdale to the other 1,523 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 32 98th
Population Density1 # 677 56th
Diversity Index2 # 100 94th
Median Household Income # 682 55th
Per Capita Income # 1064 30th

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