Community Profile: Desert Hot Springs

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Desert Hot Springs was officially incorporated as a city in 1963. However, the first settlers began moving to the area in the early 1900s and built homesteads. 
The City draws tourists to its numerous hot springs and is known as a wellness destination. These springs are heated up to 180 degrees naturally by the Desert Hot Springs Aquifer. Another aquifer, the Mission Creak Aquifer, provides award-winning water to residents.  
Today the city has 28,430 residents. Compared to the rest of the Coachella Valley, these residents are generally younger; have lower incomes ($34,814); complete high school (73%) and college at lower rates (13%); have higher rent burdens (60%), and lower rates of homeownership (43%).
Explore the visualizations below to learn more about demography, housing, education, environment, health and social connectedness in Desert Hot Springs and how the community compares to the state, county and other places in the Coachella Valley. 

Demography


Desert Hot Springs has a population of 28,430 and stretches 31 square miles. The average household size is 2.91 people, slightly higher than the average household size in Coachella Valley of 2.54.
36% of households are non-family households, which includes both people living alone and with non-relatives. This is slightly lower than the Coachella Valley average of 41%.

Race & Ethnicity

Desert Hot Springs has a Hispanic population of 56%, slightly higher than the Coachella Valley average of 51% and 17 percentage points higher than the Hispanic population in California.

Immigration

24% of Desert Hot Springs' population are immigrants. This is slightly lower than the Coachella Valley and California immigrant populations.
Nearly 31% of those immigrants are citizens which is slightly lower than average for the Coachella Valley (40%).
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Age Distribution

The population in Desert Hot Springs is generally younger than the average in the Coachella Valley. 29% of the population is under 18 while in the rest of the valley that age group makes up 21% of the population.

Education/Health

College Graduation 

Desert Hot Springs has about half as many people completing a college degree as average estimate across the Coachella Valley. 13% of the population of Desert Hot Springs have college degrees while the average in the Coachella Valley is 24%.  

High School Graduation

27% of the population of Desert Hot Springs has not completed high school or received an equivalent education. That is 8 percentage points higher than the Coachella Valley average.

Health Insurance

14% of the population of Desert Hot Springs does not have health insurance. That is higher than the rest of the Coachella Valley (12%) and California (8%).
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Income/Poverty

Median Income

The median household income in Desert Hot Springs is $34,814, almost $19,000 lower than the median income in the Coachella Valley, $53,539.

Population Living Below Poverty Line

Desert Hot Springs has a relatively high rate of people living below the poverty line. 33% of the population lives below poverty while that proportion is 19% in the Coachella Valley and only 14% in California.
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Housing/Real Estate

Household Overcrowding

Desert Hot Springs has a much higher rate of household overcrowding than the average in the Coachella Valley. 13% of Desert Hot Springs residents have more than one person per room in their housing unit.
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Rent Burden 

60% of renter households in Desert Hot Springs were rent burdened as of 2018 estimates, meaning they paid more than 30% of their income on rent and utilities. This is slightly above average for the Coachella Valley and California.
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Homeownership

The rate of homeownership in Desert Hot Springs is low when compared with rates of homeownership across the Coachella Valley. As of 2018 estimates, the homeownership rate was 43% compared to a 66% homeownership rate in the Coachella Valley.
Select a community to the right of the chart to see how homeownership compares to Desert Hot Springs. 

Grace Persico
Grace Persico is a Master of Public Policy student interested in education policy, social justice, and community development. She studied international relations and anthropology at UC Davis, graduating with a dual degree in 2013. Prior to beginning her master’s program, Grace worked at Oakland Unified School District organizing summer and after school programs and spent some time abroad teaching in Colombia. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, and re-watching every episode of Parks & Rec.

Source Notes: All data in this community profile come from the American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, 2014-2018. All income and rent figures are shown in 2018 dollars for all years.