Palm Desert, California Population 2024

51,567

Palm Desert is a city located in Riverside County California. Palm Desert has a 2024 population of 51,567. Palm Desert is currently declining at a rate of -0.02% annually but its population has increased by 0.72% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 51,200 in 2020.

The average household income in Palm Desert is $115,908 with a poverty rate of 12.94%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Palm Desert is 55.2 years, 53 years for males, and 57.3 years for females.

Palm Desert Demographics

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

  • White: 70.84%
  • Two or more races: 13.37%
  • Other race: 7.64%
  • Asian: 4.34%
  • Black or African American: 2.88%
  • Native American: 0.67%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.27%
Land Area (mi²)
26.8 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,923.40/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
0.72% (367)
The current population of Palm Desert, California is 51,567 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 51,200.

Palm Desert, California Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White36,33270.84%
Two or more races6,85513.37%
Other race3,9207.64%
Asian2,2254.34%
Black or African American1,4782.88%
Native American3440.67%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander1360.27%
showing: 7 rows

White

Two or more races

Other race

Asian

Black or African American

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Palm Desert Population by Race

Palm Desert Population Pyramid 2024

Palm Desert Median Age

55.2

Total

53

Male

57.3

Female

Palm Desert Adults

There are 43,988 adults, (18,508 of whom are seniors) in Palm Desert.

Palm Desert Age Dependency

101.3

Age Dependency Ratio

72.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

28.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Palm Desert Sex Ratio

Female27,22653.08%
Male24,06446.92%

Palm Desert Population by Age

Palm Desert Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All24,1292.116634
Non Family10,4901.2359.940.1
Married10,4022.7681.218.8
Female2,5102.8135.764.3
Male7273.0242.857.2
showing: 5 rows

2.73

Average Family Size

2.11

Average Household Size

66.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Palm Desert Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Palm Desert Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Palm Desert Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 48.24%.

Palm Desert Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$48,098

Average Earnings

$53,337

Average Male

$43,503

Average Female

Palm Desert Earnings by Educational Attainment

Palm Desert Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Palm Desert Language

76.41% of Palm Desert residents speak only English, while 23.59% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 17.07% of the population.

Palm Desert Language

Palm Desert Poverty by Race

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White33,0703,1069.39%
Hispanic12,2122,40319.68%
Multiple6,8521,57522.99%
Other3,87861015.73%
Asian2,21326612.02%
Black1,44020814.44%
Islander1366346.32%
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12.94%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.42%

Male Poverty Rate

14.28%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Palm Desert

The race most likely to be in poverty in Palm Desert is Islander, with 46.32% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Palm Desert is White, with 9.39% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.46%. Among those working part-time, it was 11.71%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 17.82%.

Palm Desert Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade22.76%
High School17.66%
Some College9.89%
Bachelors or Greater8.48%
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Palm Desert Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed36.17%
Male Unemployed19.31%
Female Employed7.24%
Male Employed3.97%
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Palm Desert Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Palm Desert Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Palm Desert Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

50.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

54.0%

Male Marriage Rate

46.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Palm Desert Married by Age and Sex

male

female

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

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Palm Desert Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

3,241

Number of Veterans

3,036

Male Veterans

205

Female Veterans

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Palm Desert Veterans by War

count

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Palm Desert Veterans by Age

count

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Palm Desert Veterans by Race

Palm Desert Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

6.1%

Veteran Poverty Rate

35.63%

Veteran Disability Rate

Palm Desert Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

49.1%

Labor Force Participation

46%

Employment Rate

6.5%

Unemployment Rate

Palm Desert Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Palm Desert Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Palm Desert Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

46.68%

Born in Palm Desert

83.25%

Native Born

16.75%

Foreign Born

6.39%

Non Citizen

10.36%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

83.25% of Palm Desert residents were born in the United States, with 46.68% having been born in California. 6.39% 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

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202951,527-8-0.02%
202851,535-8-0.02%
202751,543-8-0.02%
202651,551-8-0.02%
202551,559-8-0.02%
202451,567-8-0.02%
202351,575-8-0.02%
202251,583-8-0.02%
202151,5913910.76%
202051,200-2,238-4.19%
201953,4381530.29%
201853,2854200.79%
201752,8655721.09%
201652,2936291.22%
201551,6646551.28%
201451,0096031.2%
201350,4064600.92%
201249,9464900.99%
201149,4567301.5%
201048,7267,57118.4%
200041,15517,90377%
199023,25211,45197.03%
198011,8015,63091.23%
19706,1714,876376.53%
19601,295
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Palm Desert Population by Year