Palm Desert, California Population 2021

53,567
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Palm Desert is a city located in Riverside County California. With a 2020 population of 53,567, it is the 172nd largest city in California and the 740th largest city in the United States . Palm Desert is currently growing at a rate of 0.27% annually and its population has increased by 10.57% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 48,445 in 2010. Palm Desert reached it's highest population of 53,567 in 2021. Spanning over 27 miles, Palm Desert has a population density of 1,998 people per square mile.

The average household income in Palm Desert is $94,797 with a poverty rate of 13.14%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,319 per month, and the median house value is $350,400. 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 Desert was:

  • White: 82.50%
  • Other race: 5.17%
  • Asian: 4.99%
  • Two or more races: 3.92%
  • Black or African American: 2.99%
  • Native American: 0.32%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.11%
The current population of Palm Desert, California is 53,567 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 53,129.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 48,445.

Palm Desert, California Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White43,37282.50%
Some Other Race2,7175.17%
Asian2,6244.99%
Two or More Races2,0623.92%
Black or African American1,5732.99%
American Indian and Alaska Native1680.32%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander590.11%
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Palm Desert Population by Race

Palm Desert Population Pyramid $2021

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Palm Desert Median Age

54.5


Total

51


Male

56.9


Female

Palm Desert Adults

There are 45,017 adults, (18,915 of whom are seniors) in Palm Desert.

Palm Desert Age Dependency

101.4

Age Dependency Ratio

72.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

29

Child Dependency Ratio

Palm Desert Sex Ratio

Female

27,281

51.89%

Male

25,294

48.11%

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
Married76.7%23.3%
All62.8%37.2%
Non Family54.3%45.7%
Female42.4%57.6%
Male42%58%

62.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Palm Desert Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All24,3962.1462.8
Married10,8352.7276.7
Non Family10,6611.2554.3
Female1,9343.0842.4
Male9663.6342

2.77

Average Family Size

2.14

Average Household Size

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Palm Desert Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,2693.05%
9th to 12th Grade1,9444.67%
High School Graduate8,31519.99%
Some College11,37027.33%
Associates Degree3,3788.12%
Bachelors Degree9,34822.47%
Graduate Degree5,97814.37%
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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
White30,56729,43612,761
Hispanic7,4625,8071,208
Asian1,9061,610749
Other Race1,425990195
2+ Races1,090971369
Black893823276
Native American106866
Islander5252

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 41.75%.

Palm Desert Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$38,261$42,321$31,963
Less Than 9th Grade$23,535$24,809$21,389
High School Graduate$27,652$29,836$26,173
Some College$35,039$42,034$30,319
Bachelors Degree$45,713$56,026$36,875
Graduate Degree$78,451$78,929$78,176

$38,261

Average Earnings

$42,321

Average Male

$31,963

Average Female

Palm Desert Earnings by Educational Attainment

Palm Desert Language by Age

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Palm Desert Language

75.47% of Palm Desert residents speak only English, while 24.53% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 16.67% of the population.

Palm Desert Language

Palm Desert Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White34,5383,55210.28%
Hispanic12,2642,08817.03%
Asian2,62456321.46%
Black1,56950632.25%
Other2,68533112.33%
Multiple2,0391215.93%

13.14%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.27%

Male Poverty Rate

13.96%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Palm Desert

The race most likely to be in poverty in Palm Desert is Black, with 32.25% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Palm Desert is Multiple, with 5.93% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.15%. Among those working part-time, it was 13.68%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 17.95%.

Palm Desert Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade24.69%
High School14.64%
Some College9.63%
Bachelors or Greater8.26%

Palm Desert Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed41.75%
Male Unemployed35.08%
Male Employed6.49%
Female Employed5.35%

Palm Desert Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Palm Desert Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$59,977$94,797
Families$74,207$116,977
Married Families$87,722$132,874
Non Families$40,924$64,963
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Income by Household Type

Palm Desert Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

50.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

54.2%

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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4,432

Number of Veterans

4,197

Male Veterans

235

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,948
Korea775
World War II370
Second Gulf War315
First Gulf War220

Palm Desert Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+2,226
65 to 741,439
35 to 54368
55 to 64286
18 to 34113

Palm Desert Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White4,09110.68%
Hispanic2622.96%
Black1038.07%
Other Race954.91%
Asian924.37%
2+ Races383.14%
Islander1322.03%

Palm Desert Veterans by Race

Palm Desert Veterans by Education

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5.22%

Veteran Poverty Rate

37.26%

Veteran Disability Rate

Palm Desert Veterans by Education

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49.6%

Labor Force Participation

47%

Employment Rate

5.2%

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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45.55%

Born in Palm Desert

80.84%

Native Born

19.16%

Foreign Born

8.74%

Non Citizen

10.43%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

80.84% of Palm Desert residents were born in the United States, with 45.55% having been born in California. 8.74% 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

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202153,5671460.27%
202053,4211460.27%
201953,2751460.27%
201853,1293350.63%
201752,7947171.38%
201652,0775251.02%
201551,5526361.25%
201450,9165591.11%
201350,3575821.17%
201249,7755241.06%
201149,2515671.16%
201048,6847,5291.69%
200041,15517,9035.88%
199023,25211,4517.02%
198011,8015,6306.70%
19706,1714,87616.90%
19601,2950.00%

Palm Desert Population by Year