Community Profile: La Quinta

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The city of La Quinta lies at the foot of the Santa Rosa Mountains, located southeast of Indio in the Coachella ValleyThe city has established itself as a popular resort city dating back to the opening of La Quinta Resort and Club in 1926. The city was later named after the resort when it was incorporated in 1982. Today, it is home to numerous golf courses, resorts and over 40,000 residents. The median income in the city is $76,131, well above the average of the other cities and places in the Coachella Valley. 
Compared to other places and cities in the Coachella Valley, La Quinta has a relatively high homeownership rate (70%) and a low number of rent-burdened households (43%). The city also has a relatively low number of immigrants (15%) and non-English speaking households (3%).
Explore the visualizations below to learn more about demography, housing and social connectedness in the city of La Quinta and how the city compares to the state, county and other places in the Coachella Valley. 


La Quinta is the sixth largest city in the Coachella Valley with a population of 39,801. The city stretches across 36 square miles.  
The average household size in the city of La Quinta  is 2.61 people, and 28% of the total 15,232 households in the city are made up of non-family households (individuals living alone or with non-relatives) - well under the Coachella Valley average. 

Age Distribution

The city of La Quinta has a median age of 46 years old, relatively older compared to the state median age (36 years old) and national median age (37.9 years old).
39% of the city is above the age of 55, which is average for the Coachella Valley region, but relatively high compared to the percent of the population above the age of 55 in the state of California and in the United States. 

Race & Ethnicity

White residents in La Quinta make up the largest portion of the population (59%) , followed by Hispanic residents making up 34% of the population.


15% of the population in La Quinta  are immigrants, which is below average for the Coachella Valley 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 La Quinta.
54% of the city of Coachella's immigrants are citizens, a relatively high rate compared to many other communities in the Coachella Valley. 

Housing/Real Estate

Housing Units

There are 24,239 housing units in the city of La Quinta, making up 10.8% of the total housing units in Coachella Valley cities and places. Hover over each box to see how La Quinta compares to other communities in the Coachella Valley.

Median Rent Price

Median gross rent in La Quinta is $1,381 as of 2016 estimates, 13% above the average for the Coachella Valley.

Rent Burden

42.6% of renter households in La Quinta were rent burdened as of 2016 5-year estimates, below the average rates in the Coachella Valley, California and the country. Select a community to the right of the graph to see how rent burden rates compare to the city of La Quinta.

Overcrowded Households

2.9% of households in La Quinta have more than one person per one room of their housing unit, below average for the Coachella Valley's overcrowding rate of 6.8%. 

Housing Stability

86.6% of households in La Quinta are living in the same housing unit as they were one year ago, just slightly above average for the Coachella Valley's stability rate of 85.7%. 


Homeownership rates have slightly decreased in La Quinta over the most recent group of 5-year estimates; however70% of households are homeowners. This is 16% above the average for the state of California, and above the national and Coachella Valley averages.
Select a community to the right of the graph to see how home-ownership rates compare to the city of La Quinta.

Social Connectedness

Linguistic Isolation

3.2% of the households in La Quinta are non-English speaking households. This is relatively low compared to the average across other Coachella Valley places where 11% of households are non-English speaking. 

Healthcare Institutions

There are 104 healthcare institutions in the city of La Quinta, a relatively high number compared to the number of institutions in other cities and places such as Mecca (1), Oasis (4) and Desert Edge (1) . 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 La Quinta has a relatively high number of financial institutions for the Coachella Valley. There are 9 financial institutions in La Quinta, compared to 2 in the City of Coachella and 0 in Thermal. 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.

Erika Van Sickel
Erika received her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara then worked at an environmental nonprofit organization in San Diego. She is currently pursuing a master’s in planning at USC with a concentration in design and a certificate in real estate development. Erika is also assisting to investigate rent burden and the resulting sacrifices residents are forced to make. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and is a yoga and coffee enthusiast.

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