Palm Desert, California Population 2022

51,707
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Palm Desert is a city located in Riverside County California. With a 2020 population of 51,707, it is the 183rd largest city in California and the 845th largest city in the United States. Palm Desert is currently growing at a rate of 0.53% annually and its population has increased by 1.06% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 51,163 in 2020. Spanning over 27 miles, Palm Desert has a population density of 1,929 people per square mile.

The average household income in Palm Desert is $94,797 with a poverty rate of 12.75%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,353 per month, and the median house value is $361,200. The median age in Palm Desert is 54.5 years, 51 years for males, and 56.9 years for females.

Palm Desert Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Palm Desertwas:

  • White: 78.38%
  • Two or more races: 7.87%
  • Other race: 5.32%
  • Asian: 4.50%
  • Black or African American: 3.10%
  • Native American: 0.68%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.15%
The current population of Palm Desert, California is 51,707 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 51,163.

Palm Desert, California Population 2022

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White41,61178.38%
Black or African American1,6473.10%
American Indian and Alaska Native3590.68%
Asian2,3894.50%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander800.15%
Some Other Race2,8225.32%
Two or More Races4,1797.87%
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Palm Desert Population by Race

Palm Desert Population Pyramid 2022

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Palm Desert Median Age

55.1


Total

51.8


Male

57.1


Female

Palm Desert Adults

There are 45,588 adults, (18,980 of whom are seniors) in Palm Desert.

Palm Desert Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

71.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

28.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Palm Desert Sex Ratio

Female

28,140

53.01%

Male

24,947

46.99%

Palm Desert Population by Age

Palm Desert Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Palm Desert Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married77.8%22.2%
All64.6%35.4%
Non Family58.1%41.9%
Female42.6%57.4%
Male31.9%68.1%

64.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Palm Desert Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All24,3352.1764.6
Married10,8532.7477.8
Male9363.7931.9
Female2,0653.0742.6
Non Family10,4811.2558.1

2.79

Average Family Size

2.17

Average Household Size

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Palm Desert Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,1432.73%
9th to 12th Grade1,8534.43%
High School Graduate7,98919.08%
Some College11,30026.99%
Associates Degree3,6898.81%
Bachelors Degree9,91223.68%
Graduate Degree5,97614.28%
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Palm Desert Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Palm Desert Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White30,67929,50113,015
Asian1,7101,482683
2+ Races2,2721,956742
Black1,010893284
Hispanic7,4556,0301,508
Other Race1,7181,311271
Native American23220035
Islander4747

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 42.42%.

Palm Desert Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$39,971$43,881$34,994
Less Than 9th Grade$26,276$32,066$20,117
High School Graduate$30,144$32,332$26,339
Some College$37,101$42,462$33,343
Bachelors Degree$42,714$45,400$40,603
Graduate Degree$82,311$97,104$78,517

$39,971

Average Earnings

$43,881

Average Male

$34,994

Average Female

Palm Desert Earnings by Educational Attainment

Palm Desert Language by Age

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Palm Desert Language

76.33% of Palm Desert residents speak only English, while 23.67% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 16.31% of the population.

Palm Desert Language

Palm Desert Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black1,61745628.20%
Hispanic11,9312,14517.98%
Asian2,38741017.18%
Multiple4,16368516.45%
White35,1353,4119.71%
Other371NaN%

12.75%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.88%

Male Poverty Rate

13.52%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Palm Desert

The race most likely to be in poverty in Palm Desert is Black, with 28.20% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Palm Desert is Other, with NaN% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.96%. Among those working part-time, it was 11.78%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 18.17%.

Palm Desert Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade23.60%
High School16.73%
Some College8.91%
Bachelors or Greater8.36%

Palm Desert Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed5.07%
Male Unemployed21.86%
Female Employed5.21%
Female Unemployed27.25%

Palm Desert Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Palm Desert Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$64,295$98,264
Families$79,526$122,178
Married Families$97,672-
Non Families$42,196$64,939
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Income by Household Type

Palm Desert Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

49.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

53.1%

Male Marriage Rate

46.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Palm Desert Married by Age and Sex

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Palm Desert Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Palm Desert Marital Status by Race

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Palm Desert Marital Status

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3,785

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War294
First Gulf War236
Vietnam1,646
Korea667
World War II284

Palm Desert Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34109
35 to 54326
55 to 64250
65 to 741,165
75+1,935

Palm Desert Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White3,4699.42%
Black906.63%
Asian432.30%
Islander1012.50%
Other Race1456.84%
2+ Races280.91%
Hispanic3043.37%

Palm Desert Veterans by Race

Palm Desert Veterans by Education

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7.29%

Veteran Poverty Rate

37.24%

Veteran Disability Rate

Palm Desert Veterans by Education

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49%

Labor Force Participation

46.9%

Employment Rate

4.5%

Unemployment Rate

Palm Desert Employment by Age

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Palm Desert Employment by Race

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Palm Desert Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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46.63%

Born in Palm Desert

82.79%

Native Born

17.21%

Foreign Born

7.21%

Non Citizen

9.99%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

82.79% of Palm Desert residents were born in the United States, with 46.63% having been born in California. 7.21% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Palm Desert Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
19601,2950.00%
19706,1714,87616.90%
198011,8015,6306.70%
199023,25211,4517.02%
200041,15517,9035.88%
201048,4457,2901.64%
201148,7172720.56%
201248,9892720.56%
201349,2612720.56%
201449,5332720.55%
201549,8052720.55%
201650,0772720.55%
201750,3492720.54%
201850,6212720.54%
201950,8932720.54%
202051,1632700.53%
202151,4352720.53%
202251,7072720.53%

Palm Desert Population by Year