Palm Desert, California
Palm Desert is a city located in Riverside County, California, in the Palm Springs area, approximately 11 miles east of Palm Springs in the Coachella Valley. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 41,155.
A major center of growth in the area, it is a popular retreat for "snowbirds" from colder climates, who swell its population by an estimated 31,000 each winter.
The area was first known as the Old MacDonald Ranch, then Palm Village in the 1920s when date palms were planted. The first residential development occurred in 1943 in connection with an Army maintenance camp in the area. That site was later developed into "El Paseo," an upscale shopping district not unlike Rodeo Drive. In 1948, the Palm Desert Corporation began to develop real estate, and in 1951 the area was given its present name. Many celebrities keep homes in Palm Desert, including Rita Rudner. The community was incorporated November 26, 1973.
Palm Desert is the home of the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, a combination zoo and botanical garden featuring an extensive collection of desert plants and animals. It is also the site of the campus of College of the Desert, the local community college.
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Palm Desert is located at 33°43'32" North, 116°22'10" West (33.725542, -116.369444)1.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 41,155 people, 19,184 households, and 11,414 families residing in the city. The population density is 652.0/km² (1,689.1/mi²). There are 28,021 housing units at an average density of 443.9/km² (1,150.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 86.84% White, 1.20% African American, 0.45% Native American, 2.57% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 6.48% from other races, and 2.36% from two or more races. 17.08% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 19,184 households out of which 18.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% are married couples living together, 7.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 40.5% are non-families. 32.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 15.2% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.13 and the average family size is 2.67.
In the city the population is spread out with 17.3% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 26.3% from 45 to 64, and 27.6% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 48 years. For every 100 females there are 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 89.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $48,316, and the median income for a family is $58,183. Males have a median income of $42,257 versus $32,202 for females. The per capita income for the city is $33,463. 9.2% of the population and 5.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 12.1% of those under the age of 18 and 4.3% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.