Palm Desert, California

Riverside County


Palm Desert is a city in Riverside County in the U.S. state of California, United States, with 48 445 inhabitants ( 2010). The metropolitan area has a size of 69.966 km ². Located 23 km east of Palm Springs and 196 km east of Los Angeles, is one of Palm Desert in the Coachella Valley.

Since 1980, when the city had 11,801 residents, its population has more than quadrupled. Palm Desert is considered Winterrückzugsort for retirees and entrepreneurs from colder regions in the eastern and northern United States or Canada. These so-called "Snowbirds" let the population rise every winter to about 31,000. In recent years, however, also attracted increasingly year-round inhabitants of the coastal and metropolitan areas of California to Palm Desert, lured by low prices for quality apartments.

  • 3.1 Town twinning


Palm Desert is located in central Riverside County in the southeastern part of California. It is bordered to the northwest by the City Thousand Palms, on the west by Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, and in the southeast on the east by La Quinta and Bermuda Dunes; the south and north Palm Desert and partially bordered unincorporated community.

The northern city boundary is marked by the Interstate 10. In addition, in Palm Desert ends coming out of the Orange County California State Route 74 meets you in Palm Desert on the California State Route 111

Palm Desert is one of the Coachella Valley, which is part of the Colorado Desert, which in turn is part of the larger Sonoran Desert. The city has 48 445 inhabitants (as of 2010) and covers an area of ​​69.966 km ², are of 69.437 km ² land area. The population density is therefore 697.7 people per square kilometer and is comparatively low. The City Council of Palm Desert is located at a height of 68 m, but the heights vary within the urban area; so the formerly covered by sand dunes north is lower, while the slopes are 91-270 meters high in the south of the village.

Just north of Interstate 10 is Sun City Palm Desert. This is a non- Palm Desert belonging, unincorporated gated community. From 1991 to 1996 the settlement was called Sun City Palm Springs.


The climate of Palm Deserts is strongly influenced by the environment. Its location between three high mountains in a valley sloping to the south leads to a unique, warm climate in every season; the winter even considered to be the warmest in the western United States. Furthermore, the climate is arid. The average annual maximum temperature is 32 ° C, the lowest temperature of 17 ° C. In summer, however, temperatures above 42 ° C are common, and in rare cases, 49 ° C can be achieved. Even in the summer nights, the low temperature is still at 28 ° C. The maximum values ​​during the day in winter are 23-29 ° C. The average annual rainfall is below 130 mm, the number of sunny days at about 348 per year. The average annual temperature of 24.3 ° C makes Palm Desert one of the warmest places in the United States. The highest temperature ever measured in Palm Desert dates of July 6, 1905 and was 52 ° C. Surrounding mountains in the south of Palm Desert can be a micro- climate with warm winter nights arise. The University of California has weather stations in this area as part of their project in the Boyd Deep Canyon Reserve.


Originally known today as the Old MacDonald Ranch Palm Desert, before it was renamed in the 1920s in Palm Village; Reason for the name change was the cultivation of date palms. Local historians believe that most residents were before 1950 Cahuilla Indians of the now extinct San Cayetano tribe, operated the farm work.

The first major development experienced the settlement, as in 1943, near a camp of the United States Army was established. This later was an upscale shopping area called " El Paseo ", which is similar to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. In 1948 the " Palm Desert Corporation ", the building of homes, and in 1951 the town received its present name.

By that time only 1,500 permanent inhabitants, Palm Desert was appointed on 26 November 1973 an independent City. After Palm Desert was a planned city in the desert with the aim to extend from Palm Springs to Indio after increased.

Many celebrities have homes in Palm Desert, including Rita Rudner, Ralph Waite, Michelle Wie and Bill Gates. The film producer Jerry Weintraub and Robert Velo call Palm Desert their second home.


Palm Desert is part of the 28th district in the Senate of California, which is currently represented by Democrat Ted Lieu, and the 42nd District of the California State Assembly, represented by Republican Brian nest changes. Furthermore belongs to Palm Desert California's 36th congressional district, which a Cook Partisan Voting Index of R 1 and is represented by Democrat Raul Ruiz.


Palm Desert maintains or maintained partnerships with the following cities:

There are also exchange programs with Ketchikan ( Alaska) and Concepción (Chile).


Since March 2012, the city has a satellite museum of the Palm Springs Art Museum of the neighboring city of Palm Springs. The opening exhibition was entitled Rodinto Now - Modern Sculpture.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Nick Oliveri, a member of the band Kyuss (until 1995 ), then in Queens of the Stone Age (until 2004)
  • Josh Homme, guitarist for the band Kyuss (until 1995 ), followed by singer and guitarist of bands like Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures