Palmdale, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Palmdale, California - Basic Facts

The City of Palmdale had a population of 160,599 as of July 1, 2016. Palmdale ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Palmdale is located at latitude 34.591 and longitude -118.1054 in Los Angeles County. 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. Los Angeles County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 2,657 feet.

The City of Palmdale (GNIS ID: 2411359) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Palmdale is located within South Antelope Valley CCD of Los Angeles County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Palmdale population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Palmdale, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 160,599
Population in Households 160,399
Population in Familes 143,696
Population in Group Qrtrs 200
Population Density1 1,516
Diversity Index2 87


Total Households 44,365
Average Household Size 3.62
Family Households 36,538
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 48,027 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 29,428 (61.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 14,937 (31.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,662 ( 7.6%)
Median Home Value $225,382
Average Home Value $260,269


Median Household Income $55,371
Average Household Income $72,495
Per Capita Income $20,101
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.8% 0.83%
Households 0.52% 0.67%
Families 0.54% 0.69%
Median Household Income   1.41%
Per Capita Income   1.53%
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 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 673 56th
Diversity Index2 # 98 93rd
Median Household Income # 747 51st
Per Capita Income # 1131 25th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE California Census Data Comparison Tool.