Palmdale, California Population 2019

The city of Palmdale sits in the north of Los Angeles County, California, separated from the city of Los Angeles to the south by the San Gabriel Mountains. It's the second largest city in Los Angeles County by land area and the 33rd most populous city in California. The Palmdale-Lancaster urban area has a population estimated at 520,000. In 2019, Palmdale has a population of about 158,000.

Demographics

According to recent census information, the racial and ethnic composition of Sunnyvale is:

  • White: 42.6% (non-Hispanic white: 22.1%)
  • African-American or black: 12.5%
  • American Indian: 0.9%
  • Asian: 4.4%
  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander 0.3%
  • Two or more races: 5.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino of any race: 58.6%

About one-quarter of people in Palmdale were born outside the country. The city of Palmdale has a predominantly Hispanic/Latino demographic. Due to it being one of the last affordable areas for new single-family homes in Los Angeles County, many people of color on the lower end of the economic scale were able to purchase property, shifting the racial demographic.

Due to racial tensions in the area, minorities were redlined into the Sun Village commune, Antelope Valley’s first African-American commune, which was founded in 1938. Today, however, African-Americans are no longer the majority of Sun Village’s roughly 12,000 residents.

History

Europeans, mainly of German and Swiss descent, first descended upon the area in 1886, naming the village “Palmenthal.” A trade route in the Antelope Valley had already existed for an estimated 11,000 years for Native Americans traveling from New Mexico and Arizona to California’s coast. The village of Palmenthal was officially established in June of 1888.

After the settlers decided to relocate slightly due to the difficult desert climate and drought, the name Palmdale was adopted.

Until the start of WWII, agriculture was the predominant industry for Palmdale. In 1953, Lockheed opened a facility in the city. The aerospace industry became the city's top employment source and has remained as such ever since.

The township of Palmdale officially became the city of Palmdale in August of 1962, becoming the first in the Antelope Valley to incorporate. In 2009, Palmdale became a charter city.

Population Growth

For the last 25 years, Palmdale has been rated as one of the top 25 fastest growing U.S. cities. Affordable housing developments in the 1980s and 1990s caused dramatic spikes in the population, jumping from 12,227 in 1980 to 68,842 in 1990 (a rise of 18.82%) and then to 116,670 in 2000. This has stayed relatively level since 2010.

Palmdale Ca Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Palmdale Ca was:

  • White: 42.57%
  • Other race: 33.97%
  • Black or African American: 12.55%
  • Two or more races: 5.40%
  • Asian: 4.38%
  • Native American: 0.85%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.28%

Palmdale, California's estimated population is 157,519 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Palmdale, California is the 35th largest city in California based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 1484.95 people/mi² (573.34 people/km²), with a household density of 174.58 people/km² (452.17 people/mi²).

The overall median age is 31.3 years, 29.6 years for males, and 32.9 years for females. For every 100 females there are 98.8 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 47,965 households in the city, with an average size of people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.6%, with a median rent of $1214/month. The median house has 5.7 rooms, and has a value of $229,200.

The median income for households in Palmdale, California is $56,699, while the mean household income is $72,275.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2017157,519470.03%
2016157,472-147-0.09%
2015157,6192930.19%
2014157,3263790.24%
2013156,9471,7191.11%
2012155,2281,0420.68%
2011154,1861,1870.78%
2010152,99936,3292.75%
2000116,67047,8285.42%
199068,84256,56518.82%
198012,2773,7663.73%
19708,511-3,011-2.98%
196011,52210,62213.60%
19409000.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
White66,991
Some Other Race53,450
Black or African American19,743
Two or More Races8,493
Asian6,900
American Indian and Alaska Native1,339
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander442

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table B03002

Palmdale Ca Population Pyramid 2019

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Palmdale Ca Median Age

31.3


Total

29.6


Male

32.9


Female

Palmdale Ca Adults

There are 108,614 adults, (13,210 of whom are seniors) in Palmdale Ca.

Palmdale Ca Age Dependency

64.9

Age Dependency Ratio

13.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

51.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Palmdale Ca Sex Ratio

Female

79,162

50.31%

Male

78,196

49.69%

Palmdale Ca Households and Families

Palmdale Ca Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S1101

Palmdale Ca Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married74.3%25.7%
All64%36%
Male61.8%38.2%
Non Family56.2%43.8%
Female44%56%

64.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Palmdale Ca Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All44,0753.5764
Married23,7264.1874.3
Non Family9,2301.3456.2
Female8,2614.0944
Male2,8584.1261.8

4

Average Family Size

3.57

Average Household Size

7.8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Palmdale Ca Households

Palmdale Ca Education

Palmdale Ca Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade11,85212.81%
9th to 12th Grade11,86612.82%
High School Graduate23,72625.64%
Some College25,14027.17%
Associates Degree6,3796.89%
Bachelors Degree9,1169.85%
Graduate Degree4,4484.81%

Palmdale Ca Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic48,73329,7703,486
Other Race28,50116,3131,539
White25,73723,0945,615
Black11,2299,9912,012
Asian4,9334,3511,958
Multiple Races3,1042,641731
Native American69750559
Islander2631915

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 89.73%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 39.69%.

Palmdale Ca Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,577$42,234$28,119
Less Than High School$25,495$31,861$16,961
High School Grad$31,439$35,420$25,816
Some College$36,860$48,091$30,200
Bachelors Degree$60,197$71,509$45,893
Graduate Degree$83,785$89,275$75,819

$35,577

Average Earnings

$42,234

Average Male

$28,119

Average Female

Palmdale Ca Language

Palmdale Ca Language by Age

Palmdale Ca Language

59.19% of Palmdale Ca residents speak only English, while 40.81% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 36.15% of the population.

Palmdale Ca Poverty

Palmdale Ca Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic91,24517,97419.70%
Other52,91811,34321.44%
Black19,5035,49128.15%
White34,5863,71110.73%
Multiple8,4171,58218.80%
Asian6,90082711.99%
Native1,31242732.55%
Islander44212127.38%

18.61%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.64%

Male Poverty Rate

20.56%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Palmdale Ca

The race most likely to be in poverty in Palmdale Ca is Native, with 32.55% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Palmdale Ca is White, with 10.73% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.84%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.59%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.22%.

Palmdale Ca Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School21.35%
High School15.86%
Some College12.34%
Bachelors or Greater4.54%

Palmdale Ca Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed26.07%
Male Unemployed22.89%
Female Employed9.52%
Male Employed7.49%

Palmdale Ca Income

Palmdale Ca Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$56,699$72,275
Families$59,680$74,275
Married Families$72,528$87,640
Non Families$35,347$55,057

Palmdale Ca Marital Status

Palmdale Ca Marital Status

Marriage Rates

46.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.2%

Male Marriage Rate

44.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Palmdale Ca Married by Age and Sex

Palmdale Ca Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Palmdale Ca Marital Status by Race


Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S1201

Palmdale Ca Veterans

Palmdale Ca Veterans by War

6,118

Number of Veterans

5,755

Male Veterans

363

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam2,016
First Gulf War1,290
Second Gulf War1,231
Korea446
World War II166

Palmdale Ca Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
35 to 541,641
55 to 641,557
65 to 741,109
75+1,004
18 to 34807

Palmdale Ca Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White3,8467.75%
Hispanic1,5332.60%
Black1,2128.94%
Other5731.64%
2 or More2215.77%
Asian1743.19%
Indian9210.53%

Palmdale Ca Veterans by Education

7.42%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.06%

Veteran Disability Rate

Palmdale Ca Employment Status

Palmdale Ca Employment by Age

58.9%

Labor Force Participation

52.9%

Employment Rate

10.1%

Unemployment Rate

Palmdale Ca Employment by Race

Palmdale Ca Employment by Education

Palmdale Ca 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

61.79%

Born in California

74.67%

Native Born

25.33%

Foreign Born

11.73%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

74.67% of Palmdale Ca residents were born in the United States, with 61.79% having been born in California. 11.73% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.