Palm Springs Population 2018

Palm Springs is a city located in California. It is located in the Coachella Valley area of Riverside County. It is most known for being a resort city, offering tourists and residents lots to do including outdoor activities like gold and hiking in the surrounding deserts and mountain areas. The population of this city according to recent estimates is 47,689.

Palm Springs History

Palm Springs was first inhabited over 2,000 years ago by the Cahuilla Indians, and many prominent leaders lived in this area. There were permanent settlements located throughout the area, with the early inhabitants taking advantage of the abundance of water as well as the hot springs that were used during the colder winter months.

In 1821, Mexican explorers recorded their expedition to the area. It was just a few short years later in 1848 when what is now Palm Springs was ceded to the U.S. It was in 1879 when the Agua Caliente Reservation was established over 31,000 acres, with the tribe living here being one of the wealthiest in the state.

It was during the 1900s when the city became a popular tourist destination. The dry heat conditions were thought to be helpful in treating various health conditions. The Desert Inn and was established in the early 1900s and was further expanded in the 1920s. It was the first major hotel in the city. The El Miradora was another major hotel that was opened during the 1920s. A golf course was constructed and many celebrities came to the area to live. The region became a hotspot for celebrities during the next decade and the city continued to expand with the construction of nightclubs and shopping centers.

Following World War II, architects began the construction of many unique homes that were used by vacationers. The city to this day has been a popular spot for celebrities to visit and live. The population also includes many retirees. Tourism remains a major driver of the economy and millions of visitors come to Palm Springs each year. There are over 100 hotels and resorts, as well as restaurants and attractions. The city is currently in the process of rebuilding its downtown area to continue to bring in visitors and residents.

Palm Springs Demographics

Recent estimates show that the population is over 47,000. This is up from the 44,552 recorded at the time of the last census in 2010. The city stretches across almost 95 square miles and has a population density of over 506 people per square mile.

Over three-quarters of the population is White, while 4.4% are black, 1% are Native American, 4.4% are Asian and over one quarter are Hispanic or Latino of any race. There are over 22,000 households in Palm Springs. Over one-quarter of the population is at least 65 years old, 13.7% are under age 18, and the largest demographic (making up 34.6% of the population) is between the ages of 45 to 64.

There are more males than females – 133.8 males for every 100 females. Over 18% of the total population lives below the poverty line. What’s unique about the population in Palm Springs is that it has one of the largest concentrations of same-sex couples. Over 7% of households are shared by same-sex couples, high above the national average of just 1%.

Palm Springs Population Growth

Palm Springs has continued to grow in terms of population because of the celebrities that choose to live here and the people that choose this city for their retirement. The city has shown significant growth in every census through the 1990s. At the time of the 2000 census, growth had slowed considerably, but the city has continued to only gain more residents since the census of 1940. Recent estimates show that the population has risen 7% since the last census in 2010, indicating that this resort city has a lot of growing left in its future.

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Palm Springs Race Data

Race Population Percentage
Some Other Race2,5635.37%
Black or African American2,1944.60%
Two or More Races1,3362.80%
American Indian and Alaska Native3030.64%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1400.29%

Population Pyramid

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Palm Springs Housing Indicators

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This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Palm Springs for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 5.9% and the labor force participation rate is 52.7%.

Palm Springs Family/Household Indicators

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Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
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Female Householder (no husband) Families
Male Householder (no wife) Families
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