Palm Springs, California 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.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
201748,1424961.04%
201647,6464590.97%
201547,1874841.04%
201446,7034891.06%
201346,2144571.00%
201245,7575211.15%
201145,2364641.04%
201044,7721,9650.45%
200042,8072,6260.64%
199040,1817,8222.19%
198032,35911,4234.45%
197020,9367,4684.51%
196013,4685,8085.81%
19507,6604,2268.35%
19403,4340.00%

Palm Springs Population in 2018Source: By Patrick Pelster [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White38,484
Asian2,221
Black or African American2,151
Some Other Race1,873
Two or More Races1,468
American Indian and Alaska Native338
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander179

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Palm Springs Population Pyramid 2018

0%2%4%6%8%10% Male Population0%2%4%6%8%10% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Palm Springs Median Age

53.7


Total

53.6


Male

53.8


Female

Palm Springs Adults

There are 40,735 adults, (13,734 of which are seniors) in Palm Springs.

Palm Springs Age Dependency

72.9

Age Dependency Ratio

50.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

22

Child Dependency Ratio

Palm Springs Sex Ratio

Female

20,043

42.91%

Male

26,671

57.09%

Palm Springs Households and Families

Palm Springs Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Palm Springs Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married70%30%
All58.7%41.3%
Non Family56.6%43.4%
Female40.5%59.5%
Male33.3%66.7%

58.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Palm Springs Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All23,5561.9658.7
Non Family14,1511.3156.6
Married6,9872.870
Female1,5803.2940.5
Male8383.4733.3

2.86

Average Family Size

1.96

Average Household Size

4.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

6.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Palm Springs Households

Palm Springs Education

Palm Springs Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,8924.95%
9th to 12th Grade2,5376.63%
High School Graduate7,58219.82%
Some College9,86325.78%
Associates Degree2,8687.50%
Bachelors Degree7,99520.90%
Graduate Degree5,51414.42%

Palm Springs Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White26,72425,41710,946
Hispanic7,3814,7211,036
Asian1,7021,514715
Black1,3931,247461
Other Race1,251965159
Multiple Races892777293
Native American31625545
Islander1458226

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.11%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 42.01%.

Palm Springs Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,209$31,737$30,535
Less Than High School$18,380$18,980$16,803
High School Grad$24,776$26,105$21,759
Some College$32,373$31,320$33,443
Bachelors Degree$41,838$45,350$40,018
Graduate Degree$65,085$70,300$55,588

$31,209

Average Earnings

$31,737

Average Male

$30,535

Average Female

Palm Springs Language

Palm Springs Language by Age

Palm Springs Language

71.63% of Palm Springs residents speak only English, while 28.37% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 20.21% of the population.

Palm Springs Poverty

Palm Springs Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White28,6673,83413.37%
Hispanic11,9093,61530.36%
Black2,12579037.18%
Other1,83354029.46%
Multiple1,46241428.32%
Asian2,20235516.12%
Native3386017.75%
Islander1793720.67%

19.36%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.95%

Male Poverty Rate

19.89%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Palm Springs

The race most likely to be in poverty in Palm Springs is Black, with 37.18% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Palm Springs is White, with 13.37% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.79%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.83%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.37%.

Palm Springs Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School29.20%
High School23.96%
Some College14.40%
Bachelors or Greater9.51%

Palm Springs Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Male Unemployed43.91%
Female Unemployed34.41%
Female Employed10.02%
Male Employed9.71%

Palm Springs Income

Palm Springs Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$46,059$71,600
Families$60,280$88,548
Married Families$73,806$104,024
Non Families$36,278$59,581

Palm Springs Marital Status

Palm Springs Marital Status

Marriage Rates

37.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

34.9%

Male Marriage Rate

41.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Palm Springs Married by Age and Sex

Palm Springs Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55To64.

Palm Springs Marital Status by Race

Palm Springs Veterans

Palm Springs Veterans by War

4,530

Number of Veterans

4,280

Male Veterans

250

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam1,672
Korea738
World War II439
First Gulf War279
Second Gulf War279

Palm Springs Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
75+1,765
65 to 741,462
55 to 64672
35 to 54480
18 to 34151

Palm Springs Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White4,12512.00%
Hispanic3964.57%
Black17911.54%
Other926.39%
2 or More656.04%
Asian382.07%
Indian195.96%
Hawaiian128.11%

Palm Springs Veterans by Education

10.81%

Veteran Poverty Rate

36.21%

Veteran Disability Rate

Palm Springs Employment Status

Palm Springs Employment by Age

52.5%

Labor Force Participation

46.8%

Employment Rate

10.8%

Unemployment Rate

Palm Springs Employment by Race

Palm Springs Employment by Education

Palm Springs Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

38.95%

Born in California

80.14%

Native Born

19.86%

Foreign Born

11.25%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

80.14% of Palm Springs residents were born in the United States, with 38.95% having been born in California. 11.25% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.