Palm Springs

Population: 46,714Median home value: $303,100 62 Ranks better than 25% of areas
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A+ Palm Springs Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Palm Springs Cost of Living Cost of living is 12% lower than California
Palm Springs
12222% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Palm Springs cost of living
F Palm Springs Crime Total crime is 59% higher than California
Total crime
4,67570% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2270% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-33%Year over year crime is down
Palm Springs crime
D+ Palm Springs Employment Household income is 28% lower than California
Median household income
$46,05917% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$37,34325% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%21% higher than the US average
Palm Springs employment
D- Palm Springs Housing Home value is 26% lower than California
Median home value
$303,10064% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9733% higher than the US average
Home ownership
59%8% lower than the US average
Palm Springs real estate or Palm Springs rentals
F Palm Springs Schools HS graduation rate is 8% higher than California
High school grad. rates
86%4% higher than the US average
School test scores
36%27% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:133% higher than the US average
Palm Springs K-12 schools or Palm Springs colleges

Living in Palm Springs, CA

Palm Springs, California is a medium-sized city with a population of 46,714 residents. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (82% White). Given that fact, Palm Springs could be considered less diverse than other cities. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Palm Springs are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 20% of the population also speak Spanish. The Palm Springs population appears to be aging at a faster rate than normal. The median age is currently 54, which is on the high side when compared to most other cities. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Palm Springs might be a good fit as 74% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 79% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a good experience if you are willing to get to know the town before actually living in Palm Springs, California. With useful information like amenities, crime, weather and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Palm Springs and in the areas around Palm Springs is a much easier task.

Palm Springs has a livability score of 62/100 and is ranked #896 in California and #21,771 in the USA. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Palm Springs has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (A+) and weather (A-). On a less positive note, Palm Springs does not have favorable ranks for the following: crime (F), cost of living (F), education (F) and housing (D-). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Palm Springs has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, The Fabulous Palm Spring Follies, and Elite Land Tours.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Palm Springs is real estate affordability. The median home price for Palm Springs homes is $303,100, which is 25.9% lower than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Palm Springs, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 6.6, which is 3.1% higher than the California average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Palm Springs area were 1.4% and 5 year appreciation rates were 9%.

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Palm Springs is always crowded and the streets are always full of traffic from the morning to the night. There are homeless drug addicts everywhere in Palm Springs and long lines in each store I go to. There are a lot of rude people everywhere. There is a guy in a blue shirt with glasses and he is being extremely rude and prejudice towards people he walk up to for no reason. No one should be treated like that. Palm Springs is one of the worst cities to live in. Do not go to Palm Springs.
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Palm Springs Hot

I lived in Palm Spring twice, both times for less than a year. The weather is much hotter than Area Vibes says it is and feels hotter than the Arizona desert to me and is very windy. Palm Springs has lost it's shine and many have moved to Palm Desert due to the crime. It's really sad but there are so many homeless drug addicts and a serious meth problem in this area. There is a sense of community especially due to the gay population but some serious social problems need to be addressed. It is only a 2 hour drive to the coast yet feels so far from a big city and with gas almost $4.00 a gallon I went less than I would of liked to. The cost of rent is better than the coast but the wages are less so it equals out.
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My Time In Palm Springs, CA

I live in Palm Springs for several months of the year. I have gone to Palm Springs for many winters. I prefer the winter season in Palm Springs so that I can enjoy the warmth and sunshine. I am located in Rochester, New York where winter is long, very cold and gray. It is so cold in Rochester that your very bones freeze and the sun does not shine for months at a time. The major attraction of Palm Springs for me is the climate.

There are many more attractions that are appealing in Palm Springs, and the attractions are all outdoor. I am a hiker. I really enjoy taking long hikes through the desert. One word of caution and that is to take water when you are hiking. In fact, Palm Springs is a desert climate and it is a good idea to take water with you wherever you go. Palm Springs is great for spas and swimming or other activities that are enjoyable in the sun. Some resident enjoy playing golf. I have been told that the golfing in Palm Springs surpasses all. I do not golf so I have to take their word for it. The only thing that I can guarantee is that every day is a golf day because every day is warm and sunny. Palm Springs is great because the sunshine mood enhancing and that is the major attraction for me.

There are things to do in the evening, but the activities are not stellar. If you want the best of theater and museum, I would not recommend Palm Springs because it pales by comparison to the major capitals of this country and other countries. Shopping is limited as well. If you need a pair of short, then shopping is fine. But for the runway elegance coming out of Milan, you will find Palm Springs lacking. While not the finest cuisine, the restaurants are fine for a meal.
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Source: The Palm Springs, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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