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Palmdale, California - Basic Facts

The City of Palmdale had a population of 162,385 as of July 1, 2019. 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 34.5794 and longitude -118.1165 in Los Angeles County. The formal boundaries for the City of Palmdale 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.


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Palmdale, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Palmdale, CA Housing Affordability Index is 97
State of California Housing Affordability Index is 67
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Palmdale, CA Wealth Index is 81
State of California Wealth Index is 123
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 162,385 (100%)
Population in Households 162,187 (99.9%)
Population in Families 145,482 (89.6%)
Population in Group Quarters1 198 ( 0.1%)
Population Density 1,531
Diversity Index2 87
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $60,260
Average Household Income $79,679
Per Capita Income $21,972
Wealth Index4 81

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 48,311 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 29,813 (61.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 14,924 (30.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,574 ( 7.4%)
Median Home Value $289,444
Housing Affordability Index3 97
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 44,737
Average Household Size 3.63
Family Households 36,865
Average Family Size 4
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.66% 0.44%
Households 0.44% 0.29%
Families 0.46% 0.33%
Median Household Income   4.65%
Per Capita Income   3.47%

Palmdale, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Palmdale to the other 1,521 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 33 98th
Population Density # 672 56th
Diversity Index # 107 93rd
Median Household Income # 812 47th
Per Capita Income # 1155 24th

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