Palm Desert 65 Below average
Palm Desert Livability #647 ranked city in California#17,197 ranked city in the USARanks better than 41% of areas
A+ Palm Desert Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Palm Desert Cost of Living Cost of living is 9% lower than California
Palm Desert
12828% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Palm Desert cost of living
C- Palm Desert Crime Total crime is 22% higher than California
Total crime
3,13934% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3234% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-15%Year over year crime is down
Palm Desert crime
C Palm Desert Employment Household income is 16% lower than California
Median household income
$53,7013% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$38,49529% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%13% lower than the US average
Palm Desert employment
F Palm Desert Housing Home value is 23% lower than California
Median home value
$316,30071% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,15622% higher than the US average
Home ownership
60%5% lower than the US average
Palm Desert real estate or Palm Desert rentals
B+ Palm Desert Schools HS graduation rate is 13% higher than California
High school grad. rates
90%8% higher than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
22:140% higher than the US average
Palm Desert K-12 schools
F Palm Desert User Ratings There are a total of 32 ratings in Palm Desert
Overall user rating
49% 32 total ratings
User reviews rating
33% 14 total reviews
User surveys rating
79% 18 total surveys
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      Living in Palm Desert, CA

      Palm Desert is a moderately-sized city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 51,045 people. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (83% White). Given that fact, Palm Desert could be considered less diverse than other cities. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Palm Desert are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 19% of the population also speak Spanish. Palm Desert is considered to be a city with an aging population. The average age of all residents is 51, which is well beyond the United States median age average. Palm Desert has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 78% of the population is classified as married and 75% have kids.

      Are you trying to figure out if living in Palm Desert is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a great 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. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, cost of living, weather, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Palm Desert and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Palm Desert to California and the national average.

      With a livability score of 70/100, Palm Desert is ranked #10,718 in the United States and #375 in California. Based on the scores for each individual category, Palm Desert has received high marks for amenities (A+) and weather (A-). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Palm Desert. The following was graded with a discouraging score: cost of living (F) and housing (F).

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Palm Desert 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 interesting things to do and attractions include: Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, El Paseo Shopping District, and El Paseo Shopping District.

      Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 172 crimes per 100,000 residents, Palm Desert has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

      There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Palm Desert is actually affordable. The median home price for Palm Desert homes is $316,300, which is 22.7% lower than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Palm Desert, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 5.9, which is 7.8% lower than the California average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Palm Desert were 4.8%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 4.2%.

      Palm Desert transportation information

      StatisticPalm DesertCaliforniaNational
      Average one way commute20min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work77.7%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.5%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit2.1%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.2%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.0%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home7.3%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Palm Desert, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).