Palm Springs, California Population 2021

48,844
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Palm Springs is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 48,844, it is the 185th largest city in California and the 809th largest city in the United States. Palm Springs is currently growing at a rate of 0.33% annually and its population has increased by 9.63% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 44,552 in 2010. Palm Springs reached it's highest population of 48,844 in 2021. Spanning over 95 miles, Palm Springs has a population density of 517 people per square mile.

The average household income in Palm Springs is $87,874 with a poverty rate of 17.31%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,114 per month, and the median house value is $389,800. The median age in Palm Springs is 55.4 years, 55.5 years for males, and 55.2 years for females. For every 100 females there are 143.2 males.

Palm Springs is a city located in the state of 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 golf and hiking in the surrounding deserts and mountain areas.

Palm Springs Population Statistics

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 want 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 only to gain more residents since the census of 1940. Recent estimates show that the population has risen 7% since the last poll in 2010, indicating that this resort city has much growth left in its future.

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 region, 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 help treat 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 Mirador 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 favorite 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

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

  • White: 81.84%
  • Asian: 4.81%
  • Other race: 4.81%
  • Black or African American: 4.52%
  • Two or more races: 2.95%
  • Native American: 0.80%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.26%
The current population of Palm Springs, California is 48,844, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 48,355.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 44,552.

Palm Springs, California Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White39,20081.84%
Asian2,3064.81%
Some Other Race2,3034.81%
Black or African American2,1654.52%
Two or More Races1,4142.95%
American Indian and Alaska Native3840.80%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1250.26%
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Palm Springs Population by Race

Palm Springs Population Pyramid 2021

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Palm Springs Median Age

55.4


Total

55.5


Male

55.2


Female

Palm Springs Adults

There are 42,077 adults, (15,163 of whom are seniors) in Palm Springs.

Palm Springs Age Dependency

78

Age Dependency Ratio

56.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

21.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Palm Springs Sex Ratio

Female

19,693

41.12%

Male

28,204

58.88%

Palm Springs Population by Age

Palm Springs Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Palm Springs Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married73.2%26.8%
All60.9%39.1%
Non Family58.7%41.3%
Female34.4%65.6%
Male32.7%67.3%

60.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Palm Springs Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All24,1361.9660.9
Non Family13,9621.2758.7
Married7,8052.7473.2
Female1,5743.4234.4
Male7953.5832.7

2.84

Average Family Size

1.96

Average Household Size

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Palm Springs Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,5423.90%
9th to 12th Grade2,0935.29%
High School Graduate7,46018.87%
Some College9,50924.06%
Associates Degree3,1567.98%
Bachelors Degree8,96422.68%
Graduate Degree6,80517.22%
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Palm Springs Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Palm Springs Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White27,30626,32712,562
Hispanic7,9415,6551,402
Asian1,8331,656835
Other Race1,531956228
Black1,4731,355607
Multiple Races892829338
Native American31829570
Islander11911313

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 96.41%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 46.00%.

Palm Springs Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,007$39,023$31,963
Less Than High School$20,436$23,701$17,850
High School Grad$30,024$31,501$22,224
Some College$32,561$34,083$31,273
Bachelors Degree$53,329$54,707$50,603
Graduate Degree$94,139$101,369$80,774

$36,007

Average Earnings

$39,023

Average Male

$31,963

Average Female

Palm Springs Earnings by Educational Attainment

Palm Springs Language by Age

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Palm Springs Language

72.18% of Palm Springs residents speak only English, while 27.82% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 20.25% of the population.

Palm Springs Language

Palm Springs Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White29,0693,61012.42%
Hispanic12,7683,13124.52%
Black2,12381338.29%
Other2,28653223.27%
Asian2,30232614.16%
Multiple1,40631622.48%
Native3819925.98%
Islander1253628.80%

17.31%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.75%

Male Poverty Rate

16.68%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Palm Springs

The race most likely to be in poverty in Palm Springs is Black, with 38.29% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Palm Springs is White, with 12.42% 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 16.18%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.07%.

Palm Springs Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School27.50%
High School18.13%
Some College14.92%
Bachelors or Greater9.91%

Palm Springs Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed42.79%
Male Unemployed37.65%
Male Employed6.85%
Female Employed6.15%

Palm Springs Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Palm Springs Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$53,441$87,874
Families$72,413$111,251
Married Families$88,529$128,444
Non Families$40,573$69,894
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Income by Household Type

Palm Springs Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

40.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

37.7%

Male Marriage Rate

43.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Palm Springs Married by Age and Sex

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Palm Springs 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 45-54.

Palm Springs Marital Status by Race

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Palm Springs Marital Status

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4,221

Number of Veterans

3,941

Male Veterans

280

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,684
Korea551
Second Gulf War370
World War II357
First Gulf War336

Palm Springs Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+1,780
65 to 741,352
55 to 64476
35 to 54415
18 to 34198

Palm Springs Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White3,80210.83%
Hispanic4404.72%
Black23313.52%
Other663.72%
Asian542.66%
2 or More444.49%
Indian144.31%
Hawaiian86.56%

Palm Springs Veterans by Race

Palm Springs Veterans by Education

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7.81%

Veteran Poverty Rate

35.54%

Veteran Disability Rate

Palm Springs Veterans by Education

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50.6%

Labor Force Participation

46.2%

Employment Rate

8.6%

Unemployment Rate

Palm Springs Employment by Age

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Palm Springs Employment by Race

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Palm Springs 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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38.34%

Born in California

80.04%

Native Born

19.96%

Foreign Born

10.90%

Non Citizen

9.06%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

80.04% of Palm Springs residents were born in the United States, with 38.34% having been born in California. 10.90% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Palm Springs Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202148,8441630.33%
202048,6811630.34%
201948,5181630.34%
201848,3553070.64%
201748,0484710.99%
201647,5774660.99%
201547,1114771.02%
201446,6344761.03%
201346,1584420.97%
201245,7164911.09%
201145,2254440.99%
201044,7811,9740.45%
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 by Year