Palmdale, California Population 2020

156,299

Palmdale is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 156,299, it is the 34th largest city in California and the 165th largest city in the United States. Palmdale is currently declining at a rate of -0.12% annually but its population has increased by 2.32% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 152,750 in 2010. Palmdale reached it's highest population of 157,196 in 2015. Spanning over 106 miles, Palmdale has a population density of 1,473 people per square mile.

The average household income in Palmdale is $76,096 with a poverty rate of 17.30%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,281 per month, and the median house value is $254,800. The median age in Palmdale is 31.9 years, 30.1 years for males, and 33.5 years for females. For every 100 females there are 97.6 males.

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.

Diversity

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.

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.

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.

Palmdale Demographics

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

  • White: 41.58%
  • Other race: 34.46%
  • Black or African American: 12.49%
  • Two or more races: 5.58%
  • Asian: 4.74%
  • Native American: 0.87%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.28%
The current population of Palmdale, California is 156,299, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 156,667.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 152,750.

Palmdale, California Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White65,23441.58%
Some Other Race54,07634.46%
Black or African American19,60212.49%
Two or More Races8,7485.58%
Asian7,4384.74%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,3610.87%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander4450.28%

Palmdale Population Pyramid 2020

Palmdale Median Age

31.9


Total

30.1


Male

33.5


Female

Palmdale Adults

There are 109,504 adults, (13,971 of whom are seniors) in Palmdale.

Palmdale Age Dependency

64.2

Age Dependency Ratio

14.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

49.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Palmdale Sex Ratio

Female

79,392

50.60%

Male

77,512

49.40%

Palmdale Households and Families

Palmdale Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Palmdale Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married75.8%24.2%
All64.9%35.1%
Male60.1%39.9%
Non Family57.1%42.9%
Female44.1%55.9%

64.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All43,8903.5764.9
Married23,5284.1875.8
Non Family8,9331.357.1
Female8,3484.0844.1
Male3,0814.160.1

4

Average Family Size

3.57

Average Household Size

8.3%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.1%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Palmdale Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade11,75612.67%
9th to 12th Grade12,48113.45%
High School Graduate23,51625.34%
Some College24,19126.06%
Associates Degree6,8857.42%
Bachelors Degree9,41610.15%
Graduate Degree4,5684.92%

Palmdale Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic50,52630,7193,744
Other Race29,37316,6641,427
White23,55021,2725,310
Black11,44310,1612,185
Asian5,4914,8842,224
Multiple Races3,0072,574778
Native American64550070
Islander2231497

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 90.33%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 40.50%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,843$42,820$27,936
Less Than High School$26,496$35,325$17,383
High School Grad$31,020$35,642$25,225
Some College$36,462$49,627$30,057
Bachelors Degree$62,681$73,909$48,076
Graduate Degree$88,125$94,432$83,953

$35,843

Average Earnings

$42,820

Average Male

$27,936

Average Female

Palmdale Language

Palmdale Language by Age

Palmdale Language

56.73% of Palmdale residents speak only English, while 43.27% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 38.17% of the population.

Palmdale Poverty

Palmdale Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic93,80116,51917.61%
Other53,85410,15818.86%
Black19,3895,16226.62%
White31,3953,29110.48%
Multiple8,6741,60118.46%
Asian7,43788911.95%
Native1,32349837.64%
Islander44516637.30%

17.30%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.79%

Male Poverty Rate

19.76%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Palmdale

The race most likely to be in poverty in Palmdale is Native, with 37.64% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Palmdale is White, with 10.48% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.15%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.58%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.08%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School19.45%
High School15.43%
Some College11.28%
Bachelors or Greater4.41%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed29.24%
Male Unemployed24.30%
Female Employed8.98%
Male Employed6.52%

Palmdale Income

Palmdale Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$60,428$76,096
Families$62,865$78,114
Married Families$76,887$92,227
Non Families$34,872$57,251

Palmdale Marital Status

Palmdale Marital Status

Marriage Rates

45.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.0%

Male Marriage Rate

43.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Palmdale Married by Age and Sex

Palmdale 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 35-44.

Palmdale Marital Status by Race

Palmdale Veterans

6,062

Number of Veterans

5,680

Male Veterans

382

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,003
Second Gulf War1,325
First Gulf War1,293
Korea339
World War II163
Age Group Veterans
35 to 541,510
55 to 641,480
65 to 741,234
75+944
18 to 34894
Name Veterans % of Total
White3,7117.64%
Hispanic1,5152.46%
Black1,37310.02%
Other5281.46%
2 or More2757.20%
Asian1422.36%
Indian333.75%

$Palmdale Veterans by Education

7.89%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.97%

Veteran Disability Rate

Palmdale Employment Status

59.6%

Labor Force Participation

54.3%

Employment Rate

8.7%

Unemployment Rate

Palmdale 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

61.63%

Born in California

73.70%

Native Born

26.30%

Foreign Born

11.75%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

73.70% of Palmdale residents were born in the United States, with 61.63% having been born in California. 11.75% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020156,299-184-0.12%
2019156,483-184-0.12%
2018156,667-141-0.09%
2017156,808-184-0.12%
2016156,992-204-0.13%
2015157,1962670.17%
2014156,9293150.20%
2013156,6141,6721.08%
2012154,9429070.59%
2011154,0351,0730.70%
2010152,96236,2922.75%
2000116,67047,8285.42%
199068,84256,56518.82%
198012,2773,7663.73%
19708,511-3,011-2.98%
196011,52210,62213.60%
19409000.00%