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Palm Desert, California - Basic Facts

The City of Palm Desert had a population of 51,108 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Palm Desert is located at latitude 33.7378 and longitude -116.3637 in Riverside County. The formal boundaries for the City of Palm Desert (see map below) encompass a land area of 26.81 sq. miles and a water area of 0.2 sq. miles. Riverside County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 220 feet.

The City of Palm Desert (GNIS ID: 2411356) 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 Palm Desert is located within Cathedral City-Palm Desert CCD of Riverside County.

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

Alternate Unofficial Names for Palm Desert: Old McDonald Ranch, Palm Village, Sand Hole.

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


Total Population 51,108
Population in Households 50,819
Population in Familes 36,933
Population in Group Qrtrs 289
Population Density1 1,906
Diversity Index2 59


Total Households 24,230
Average Household Size 2.1
Family Households 13,879
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 38,758 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 15,543 (40.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 8,687 (22.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 14,528 (37.5%)
Median Home Value $399,278
Average Home Value $471,999


Median Household Income $54,050
Average Household Income $89,347
Per Capita Income $42,900
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.86% 1.07%
Households 0.76% 0.95%
Families 0.76% 0.97%
Median Household Income   1.22%
Per Capita Income   1.82%
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.

Palm Desert, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Palm Desert 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 # 181 88th
Population Density1 # 615 59th
Diversity Index2 # 844 44th
Median Household Income # 783 48th
Per Capita Income # 284 81st

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