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The Desert Palms CDP(1) had a population of 6,971 as of July 1, 2021. Desert Palms ranks in the lower 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 Desert Palms is located at latitude 33.7789 and longitude -116.2929 in Riverside County. The formal boundaries for the Desert Palms Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 2.67 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

The Desert Palms Census Designated Place has a U2 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place without an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Desert Palms Census Designated Place is located within Coachella Valley CCD of Riverside County.

  1. A Census Designated Place (CDP) is a statistical counterpart to a self-governing (incorporated) place such as a city, town, or village. A CDP is not a legal entity and has no governmental functions.

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Desert Palms, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 6,971 (100%)
Population in Households 6,971 (100.0%)
Population in Families 5,126 (73.5%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 2,610
Diversity Index2 15


Median Household Income $67,354
Average Household Income $102,627
% of Income for Mortgage4 35%
Per Capita Income $61,148
Wealth Index5 203


Total HU (Housing Units) 5,087 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,768 (74.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 384 ( 7.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 935 (18.4%)
Median Home Value $562,093
Average Home Value $565,711
Housing Affordability Index3 66


Total Households 4,152
Average Household Size 1.68
Family Households 2,522
Average Family Size 2
  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 races 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 % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. 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.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.02% 0.49%
Households 0.1% 0.45%
Families 0.01% 0.42%
Median Household Income   2.85%
Per Capita Income   2.62%
Owner Occupied HU   0.49%

Desert Palms, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Desert Palms to the other 1,521 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 569 63rd
Population Density # 515 66th
Median Household Income # 743 51st
Housing Affordability Index # 445 29th
Per Capita Income # 174 89th
Diversity Index # 1509 1st

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