Palm Desert, CA Profile: Facts & Data


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Palm Desert, California - Basic Facts

The City of Palm Desert had a population of 52,568 as of July 1, 2018.

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.

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, 2018)


Total Population 52,568
Population in Households 52,277
Population in Familes 38,382
Population in Group Qrtrs 291
Population Density2 1,961
Diversity Index3 60


Median Household Income $61,864
Average Household Income $103,759
Per Capita Income $50,078


Total Housing Units 39,212 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 15,808 (40.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 9,259 (23.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 14,145 (36.1%)
Median Home Value $480,012
Average Home Value $589,283


Total Households 25,067
Average Household Size 2.09
Family Households 14,346
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.99% 1.26%
Households 0.99% 1.18%
Families 0.98% 1.19%
Median Household Income   4.32%
Per Capita Income   4.1%

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, 2018 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 # 182 88th
Population Density # 611 60th
Diversity Index # 833 45th
Median Household Income # 671 56th
Per Capita Income # 253 83rd

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