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Palm Desert, California - Basic Facts

The City of Palm Desert had a population of 52,429 as of July 1, 2017.

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, 2017.

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, 2017)


Total Population 52,429
Daytime Population: Workers 44,080
Daytime Population: Residents 30,776
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 74,856
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.43
Population in Households 52,143
Population in Familes 37,883
Population in Group Qrtrs 286
Population Density2 1,956
Diversity Index3 60


Median Household Income $58,055
Average Household Income $95,070
Per Capita Income $45,786


Total Housing Units 39,308 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 15,997 (40.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 8,946 (22.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 14,365 (36.5%)
Median Home Value $429,126
Average Home Value $506,160


Total Households 24,943
Average Household Size 2.09
Family Households 14,284
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.1% 1.19%
Households 1.05% 1.13%
Families 1.05% 1.14%
Median Household Income   2.04%
Per Capita Income   2.21%

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, 2017 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 Density # 612 60th
Diversity Index # 838 45th
Median Household Income # 702 54th
Per Capita Income # 284 81st

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