Community Profile: Palm Springs

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Palm Springs is a desert resort city known for its warm, year-round temperatures, golf courses, midcentury modern architecture and its palm tree lined downtown streets. The city is located at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains in Riverside County. In the late 1800s, the Coachella Valley area was developed around a Southern Pacific Railroad terminal. Due to its close proximity to Los Angeles (107 miles), Palm Springs quickly became a popular destination for tourists and Hollywood stars. The city was incorporated in 1938. 
Today, Palm Springs is home to over 46,000 residents. The median age in Palm Springs is 54, almost 20 years older than the median age in Riverside County (35 years). The median income in the city is $46,059, roughly equal to the average of the other cities and places in the Coachella Valley ($49,967). The majority of the population in the city of Palm Springs is White (62%), followed by Hispanic (26%). Compared to other cities and places in the Coachella Valley, Palm Springs has a relatively high number of Healthcare (245) and Financial Institutions (12).
Explore the visualizations below to learn more about demography, housing and social connectedness in the city of Palm Springs and how the city compares to the state, county and other places in the Coachella Valley. 

Demography


Palm Springs is the fourth largest city in the Coachella Valley with a population of 46,714. The city stretches across 94.1 square miles, making it the 10th-largest California city by land area.
The average household size in the city of Palm Springs is 1.96 people, and 60% of the total 23,556 households in the city are made up of non-family households (individuals living alone or with non-relatives) - well above the Coachella Valley average. 

Age Distribution

Palm Springs has a median age of 54 years old, relatively old compared to the state median age of 36 years old and the county median age of 35 years old. 
47.7% of the city is over the age of 55, which is high for both the Coachella Valley region, Riverside County and the state of California.

Race & Ethnicity

The White population in Palm Springs makes up the majority of the population (62%). Compared to other Coachella Valley communities, Palm Springs also has a relatively large Asian population and a relatively small Hispanic Population.

Immigration

19.9% of the population in Palm Springs are immigrants, which is below average for the Coachella Valley, Riverside County and the state of California. Select a community to the right of the chart to see how the size of its immigrant population compares to the city of Palm Springs.
43% of Palm Springs' immigrants are citizens, a relatively high rate compared to many other communities in the Coachella Valley. 

Housing/Real Estate

Housing Units

There are 36,958 housing units in the city of Palm Springs, making up 16.5% of the total housing units in Coachella Valley cities and places. Hover over each box to see how the city of Palm Springs compares to other communities in the Coachella Valley.

Median Rent Price

Median gross rent in Palm Springs is $973, which is roughly average for the Coachella Valley.

Rent Burden

56.3% of renter households in the city of Palm Springs were rent burdened in 2016, above the average rate in California and about the same as the County of Riverside. 
Select a community to the right of the graph to see how rent burden rates compare to the city of Palm Springs.

Overcrowded Households

3.7% of households in the city of Palm Springs have more than one person per one room of their housing unit, below average for the county's overcrowding rate of 7.3%.

Housing Stability

81.9% of households in the city of Palm Springs are living in the same housing unit as they were one year ago, slightly below average for the county's stability rate of 85.7%. 

Homeownership

59% of households are homeowners, slightly above the average for the state of California, but below the Riverside County and national averages.
Select a community to the right of the graph to see how home-ownership rates compare to the city of Palm Springs.
 

Social Connectedness

Linguistic Isolation

4.3% of the households in the city of Palm Springs are non-English speaking households. This is relatively low compared to the average across other Coachella Valley places where 10.7% of households are non-English speaking. 

Healthcare Institutions

There are 245 healthcare institutions in the city of Palm Springs, well above the number of institutions in other cities, such as the city of Coachella (32). 
Select a community to the right of the map, or hover over the map to see how the number of healthcare institutions vary by community.

Financial Institutions

The city of Palm Springs has 12 financial institutions, a relatively high number compared to many other communities in the Coachella Valley. 
Select a community to the right of the map, or hover over the map to see how the number of financial institutions vary by community.

Sources Notes: All data in this community profile come from the 2016 5-year estimates of the American Community Survey with the exception of Healthcare Institutions and Financial Institutions which come from the 2018 Reference USA Business Database. 
Photo Credit: Noe Montes