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Palm Springs, California - Basic Facts

The City of Palm Springs had a population of 46,544 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Palm Springs is located at latitude 33.8007 and longitude -116.5368 in Riverside County. The formal boundaries for the City of Palm Springs (see map below) encompass a land area of 94.04 sq. miles and a water area of 0.85 sq. miles. Riverside County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 479 feet.

The City of Palm Springs (GNIS ID: 2411357) 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 Springs is located within Palm Springs CCD of Riverside County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Palm Springs 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 Springs: Agua Caliente, Big Palm Spring, Palm City, Palmetto Spring.

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


Total Population 46,544
Population in Households 46,090
Population in Familes 25,477
Population in Group Qrtrs 454
Population Density1 495
Diversity Index2 68


Total Households 23,711
Average Household Size 1.94
Family Households 9,019
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 36,363 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 13,482 (37.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 10,229 (28.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 12,652 (34.8%)
Median Home Value $353,055
Average Home Value $415,349


Median Household Income $45,547
Average Household Income $75,037
Per Capita Income $38,484
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.7% 1.05%
Households 0.67% 0.98%
Families 0.64% 0.89%
Median Household Income   0.29%
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 Springs, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Palm Springs 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 # 198 87th
Population Density1 # 944 38th
Diversity Index2 # 680 55th
Median Household Income # 1043 31st
Per Capita Income # 346 77th

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