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A+ Cathedral City Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Cathedral City Cost of Living Cost of living is 19% lower than California
Cathedral City
11212% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Cathedral City cost of living
B+ Cathedral City Crime Total crime is 44% lower than California
Total crime
1,66240% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 6140% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-29%Year over year crime is down
Cathedral City crime
F Cathedral City Employment Household income is 35% lower than California
Median household income
$41,69625% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$20,50731% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%28% higher than the US average
Cathedral City employment
F Cathedral City Housing Home value is 50% lower than California
Median home value
$203,90010% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,13219% higher than the US average
Home ownership
60%6% lower than the US average
Cathedral City real estate or Cathedral City rentals
F Cathedral City Schools HS graduation rate is 8% lower than California
High school grad. rates
74%11% lower than the US average
School test scores
28%43% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:133% higher than the US average
Cathedral City K-12 schools or Cathedral City colleges

Living in Cathedral City, CA

Cathedral City is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 53,268 residents. The majority of Cathedral City residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Asian and Black. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Cathedral City are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 49% of the population also speak Spanish. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 71% of the population considered married and 55% with kids under the age of 18, Cathedral City could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Are you trying to figure out if living in Cathedral City is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a good experience before moving to any new city in California, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. The best areas in Cathedral City and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, cost of living, education, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the California and national averages.

Cathedral City has a livability score of 66/100 and is ranked #563 in California and #15,471 in the USA. Based on the grades for each individual category, Cathedral City has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+), crime (B-) and weather (A-). Cathedral City does not do well for the following: cost of living (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Cathedral City 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. Some of the notable things to do include: Cimarron Golf Club, Desert IMAX, and Palm Springs Lanes.

Cathedral City real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Cathedral City. Median real estate prices in Cathedral City come in at $203,900, which is 50.2% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Cathedral City, the home price to income ratio is 4.9, which is 23.4% 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 Cathedral City area were 7.8% and 5 year appreciation rates were 10.1%.

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Compare Cathedral City, CA Livability To Other Cities

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Idyllwild-Pine Cove, CA7215.42,548
Running Springs, CA7047.14,624
Palm Desert, CA706.651,045

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The City in the Middle

Cathedral City, CA is the city in the middle of it all of Palm Springs, CA; Rancho Mirage, CA; and Palm Desert, CA. You can sit in your yard and watch the sunset over the majestic San Jacinto Mountains. You can drive down Highway 111, through the palm trees with one great view after another, finding the perfect activity for you from Palm Springs, CA to La Quinta, CA.

When I lived in Cathedral City, CA, I worked, ate, shopped in either Palm Springs, CA or Palm Desert, CA. There are wonderful attractions to see, such as the Living Desert, which is the deserts version of a zoo; Tahquitz Canyon for hiking, or the San Jacinto Tramway out of Palm Springs, CA. There is a Boomers which has miniature golf, go carts and more. If one is into golfing, there is pretty much a golf course on every corner throughout the desert. My families favorite restaurant was Margaritas, located in Palm Springs, CA, it has amazing Mexican Food, Sushi, and the best Sunday Brunch Ever.

Palm Springs, CA and Palm Desert, CA are the higher end communities within the desert, so the better shopping and restaurants are located there, but if you want to live in a cheaper area, Cathedral City, CA is the area, especially with what you have around you. There are a few things that I did not enjoy about living in the desert. The cost of living, cost of gas, food, etc. is a lot more than other states, and the temperatures of 120 degrees for more than a few months out of the year, was a little much. Though during winter time, when it is 75 degrees out, it can be a beautiful area to live in.
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Source: The Cathedral City, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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