Palmdale 56 Below average
Palmdale Livability #796 ranked city in California#22,242 ranked city in the USARanks better than 24% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in Palmdale

  • Housing

    High scores in the housing category are a distinguishing feature of this area, possibly driven by a favorable home affordability ratio, higher home values and appreciation rates.

  • Amenities

    The majority of amenities are not ideally located within walking distance. To access these amenities, residents may be required to rely on a vehicle or public transit.

  • Cost Of Living

    Living in this region comes with a high cost of living, translating to elevated costs for homes, goods and services, groceries, utilities, health care and transportation.

  • Schools

    The low schools score could result from issues like below-average graduation rates, inadequate reading and math scores, and the unavailability of local elementary and high schools.

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What's it like Living in Palmdale?

Located in the state of California, Palmdale is a medium-sized city with a population of 153,240 residents. More than a quarter of the residents of Palmdale identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 42% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. Palmdale tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 32 is far below the national average. In Palmdale, only 50% of people over the age of fifteen are married. This city could be a good option for singles ready to mingle. An important consideration when living in Palmdale is the longer-than-average commute times. If you seek a short work commute, this area may not be the best choice for you. The one-way commute time here typically takes 42 minutes, far surpassing the national average of 26 minutes.

Whether you’re relocating to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Palmdale could be a positive experience compared to other cities in California if you know where to search. Don't forget to determine what matters most to you in a neighborhood. Consider factors such as safety, proximity to work or school, access to amenities (like parks, fitness facilities, grocery stores, restaurants), public transportation options, community atmosphere and the overall vibe you're looking for. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, cost of living, health & safety, education, 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.

Using data and statistics Palmdale has received a livability score of 57 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 30th percentile when compared to all other cities. This is a lower than the US average livability score as Palmdale does not rank well for most categories. For each of the livability categories, we see that Palmdale ranks very well for housing (A+). Unfortunately for Palmdale, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: amenities (F), cost of living (F) and education (F).

Real estate represents the most substantial investment for homebuyers, constituting their most valuable asset. Renters, on the other hand, typically see their monthly rent as their most significant expense. The Palmdale market earns a high score in the housing category, surpassing the national average in factors like home and rental affordability and appreciation rates. This robust real estate market not only benefits individual homeowners and renters but also spurs vigorous local economic activity and job growth, solidifying its significance in driving the region's prosperity and financial well-being.

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 attainable, we'll need to know if the real estate in Palmdale is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Palmdale come in at $302,800, which is 26% 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 4.6, which is 28.1% lower than the California average.

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      Palmdale transportation information

      Statistic Palmdale California National
      Average one way commute42min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work76.6%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool12.9%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.7%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.2%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk0.5%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home6.1%5.4%4.6%
      Source: The Palmdale, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).