Income/capita 29%
Household income 3%
Unemployment 13%
IndexPalm DesertCaliforniaNational
Income per capita$38,495$31,458$29,829
Median household income$53,701$63,783$55,322
Median income owner occupied$64,246$86,568$70,586
Median income renter occupied$41,943$43,419$35,192
Median earnings male$35,850$36,599$36,919
Median earnings female$26,730$27,020$26,250
Unemployment rate4.0%5.5%4.7%
Poverty level12.4%15.8%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Palm Desert is 29% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in Palm Desert is 3% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Palm Desert is 13% lower than the national average
  • The poverty level in Palm Desert is 18% lower than the national average

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      Palm Desert employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry9.7%1.2%
      Manufacturing sector4.1%1.0%
      Financial & insurance services3.2%2.7%
      Wholesale & retail services14.1%16.8%
      Public administration3.5%2.3%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities4.2%1.9%
      Education, health & social services9.1%31.4%

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      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Indian Wells, CA5,194$96,96175%
      La Quinta, CA39,801$71,33829%
      Rancho Mirage, CA17,876$66,08319%
      Bermuda Dunes, CA7,339$57,5694%
      Desert Palms, CA6,940$55,0520%
      Palm Desert, CA51,045$53,7013%

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Levittown, NY51,073$105,73391%
      Irondequoit, NY51,135$55,3030%
      Pinellas Park, FL50,946$41,66925%
      Grand Island, NE50,895$49,11811%
      Enid, OK50,891$47,74714%
      Palm Desert, CA51,045$53,7013%
      Source: The Palm Desert, CA employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).