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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Palm Desert is a suburb of with a population of 52,124. Palm Desert is in Riverside County. Living in Palm Desert offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Palm Desert there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Palm Desert and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Palm Desert are above average.
About Palm Desert...
Population
52,124

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$335,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,260
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    38%
  • Own
    62%
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Palm Desert Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    189.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    5.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    13
    40.7
  • Robbery
    44.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    628.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,569.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    238
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    34%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Palm Desert

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$57,578
National
$55,322
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It's clean, pretty, but overcrowded during the season (not enough road space and lots of traffic accidents) many many snowbirds and concert goers...Weather is nice November - April..then the heat sets in...110-120...5-6 months..it is terrible...nights do not cool off..also lots of quakes..some small, some on the larger side...I moved here when it was a sleepy little town and used to leave every summer..now it's harder to get away and definitely overcrowded..Moving as soon as possible.
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On the surface, Palm Desert is a beautiful town with great winter weather and gorgeous houses. The public schools in the area are on par with or better than the public schools. However, if you are not a golfer or a snowbird, this might not be the town for you. Beneath the surface many local businesses struggle to make it through the summer, when the weather is so hot that many locals spend the whole season traveling to escape the heat. In terms of activities for teens, there are not a whole lot of things to do and most of the restaurants in the area are chains. There are a couple local gems nearby, such as Indian Wells' IW Coffee and Athena Gyro, but perhaps the main pull to the city would be geared toward retirees and golfers.
Palm Desert is an ideal place to raise a family. There are tons of nice parks and lots of recreational sports you can sign kids up for. There are a lot of gate community and low crime rate. It is sun 90% of the year and it's a developing area. It also only 2 hours from the beach or the mountains. Also the surrounding towns are nice, like Palm Springs has tons of trendy restaurants. Moreover there are numerous events like Coachella, StageCoach, and BNP Paribas Open that make life a little more interesting. I personally love these events because it brings excitement to my town. Plus it is something to look forward to.