Population: 156,823Median home value: $207,400 62 Ranks better than 27% of areas
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A Palmdale Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Palmdale Cost of Living Cost of living is 18% lower than California
11313% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Palmdale cost of living
C- Palmdale Crime Total crime is 28% lower than California
Total crime
2,11323% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4823% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-12%Year over year crime is down
Palmdale crime
F Palmdale Employment Household income is 17% lower than California
Median household income
$52,8015% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$19,90833% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%46% higher than the US average
Palmdale employment
D+ Palmdale Housing Home value is 49% lower than California
Median home value
$207,40012% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,17424% higher than the US average
Home ownership
63%equal to the US average
Palmdale real estate or Palmdale rentals
F Palmdale Schools HS graduation rate is 11% lower than California
High school grad. rates
71%14% lower than the US average
School test scores
26%46% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
23:145% higher than the US average
Palmdale K-12 schools

Living in Palmdale, CA

Located in the state of California, Palmdale is a mid-sized city with a population of 156,823 people. More than a quarter of the residents of Palmdale identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 36% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. With an average age of 30 years old, Palmdale could be a great place to live for young adults as this age is well below the national average.

Are you trying to decide if living in Palmdale is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a good experience before relocating to any new city in California, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, education, employment, you can easily compare the best places to live in Palmdale and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Palmdale to California and the national average.

The livability score in Palmdale is 62/100 and the city is ranked in the 27th percentile of all cities across America. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Palmdale has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A) and weather (B). Regrettably for Palmdale, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: cost of living (F), education (F) and employment (F).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Palmdale on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Palmdale. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Palmdale are affordable. Median real estate prices in Palmdale come in at $207,400, which is 49.3% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Palmdale, the home price to income ratio is 3.9, which is 39.1% lower 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 Palmdale area were 8.9% and 5 year appreciation rates were 14%.

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Compare Palmdale, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Cities Near Palmdale, CA

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La Cañada Flintridge, CA8526.820,477
San Marino, CA8432.413,324
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PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
San Pasqual, CA8231.22,017
Sierra Madre, CA8129.411,067
Arcadia, CA803257,755
La Crescenta-Montrose, CA8025.819,824

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Palmdale, CA - Born and Raised

I went to Palmdale High School, class of 1992. Go Falcons! The city of Palmdale is cool because its only an hour's drive from Los Angeles and housing is a lot cheaper. The west side of town is more developed, with shopping centers and nicer houses whereas the East side of town is kinda run down. There's a lot of abandoned shopping areas and scarier neighborhoods on the East side.

Antelope Valley Mall is located right off of the freeway and it's surrounded by restaurants. The shopping centers in Palmdale are mostly big chain superstores, like Linens n Things, Borders and Old navy. It's decent shopping, but not like the boutiques you get in Hollywood.

There aren't a lot of nightclubs in Palmdale. The residents are used to commuting an hour to get to Los Angeles for work, so they have a few country music clubs and a few clubs for the twenty something crowd, but most people just drive down to Los Angeles for a night out.
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