Palmdale, California Population 2021

152,921
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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: 46.08%
  • Other race: 29.12%
  • Black or African American: 13.16%
  • Two or more races: 5.00%
  • Asian: 4.68%
  • Native American: 1.57%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.38%
The current population of Palmdale, California is 152,921based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 156,158.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 152,750.

Palmdale, California Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White72,01646.08%
Some Other Race45,51629.12%
Black or African American20,56913.16%
Two or More Races7,8215.00%
Asian7,3214.68%
American Indian and Alaska Native2,4531.57%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander5970.38%
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Palmdale Population By Race

Palmdale Population Pyramid 2021

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Palmdale Median Age

32


Total

30.6


Male

33.4


Female

Palmdale Adults

There are 109,412 adults, (14,522 of whom are seniors) in Palmdale.

Palmdale Age Dependency

64.7

Age Dependency Ratio

15.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

49.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Palmdale Sex Ratio

Mujer

79,852

51.09%

Masculino

76,441

48.91%

Palmdale Population by Age

Palmdale Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Palmdale Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married76.8%23.2%
All65.3%34.7%
Masculino59.2%40.8%
Non Family56.8%43.2%
Mujer43.7%56.3%

65.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Palmdale Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All43,4043.665.3
Married23,3724.276.8
Non Family8,7651.3456.8
Mujer8,0944.0943.7
Masculino3,1734.0959.2

4.01

Average Family Size

3.6

Average Household Size

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Palmdale Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade11,32912.20%
9th to 12th Grade12,22513.16%
High School Graduate24,64126.53%
Some College23,12624.90%
Associates Degree7,1557.70%
Bachelors Degree10,12510.90%
Graduate Degree4,2754.60%
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Palmdale Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Palmdale Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic51,05531,8413,932
Other Race25,47314,8261,411
White23,49821,2795,520
Black11,56910,1922,417
Asian5,3974,8762,298
2+ Races2,8232,314599
Native American1,224728101
Islander19514321

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 90.56%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 42.58%.

Palmdale Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Masculino Mujer
Overall$37,094$45,132$29,586
Less Than 9th Grade$30,260$37,224$19,384
High School Graduate$32,035$37,562$26,379
Some College$36,478$51,547$29,293
Bachelors Degree$63,713$78,587$47,110
Graduate Degree$90,529$92,346$84,079

$37,094

Average Earnings

$45,132

Average Male

$29,586

Average Female

Palmdale Earnings by Educational Attainment

Palmdale Language by Age

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Palmdale Language

55.65% of Palmdale residents speak only English, while 44.35% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 39.24% of the population.

Palmdale Language

Palmdale Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic93,67114,01914.97%
Other45,2027,17215.87%
Black20,3165,51027.12%
White31,1962,9579.48%
Multiple7,7391,31116.94%
Native2,40282534.35%
Asian7,31078410.73%
Islander59720534.34%

15.56%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.06%

Male Poverty Rate

17.94%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Palmdale

The race most likely to be in poverty in Palmdale is Native, with 34.35% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Palmdale is White, with 9.48% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.29%. Among those working part-time, it was 15.13%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.57%.

Palmdale Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade17.62%
High School13.65%
Some College10.70%
Bachelors or Greater4.81%

Palmdale Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed26.57%
Male Unemployed23.28%
Female Employed8.00%
Male Employed5.37%

Palmdale Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Palmdale Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$62,865$78,339
Families$65,787$81,062
Married Families$80,915$95,219
Non Families$37,438$55,869
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Income by Household Type

Palmdale Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

45.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.3%

Male Marriage Rate

43.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Palmdale Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Palmdale Marital Status

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5,629

Number of Veterans

5,118

Male Veterans

511

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,916
Second Gulf War1,244
First Gulf War1,082
Korea265
World War II153

Palmdale Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 541,392
65 to 741,322
55 to 641,281
75+938
18 to 34696

Palmdale Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White3,6196.79%
Hispanic1,3642.20%
Black1,1958.42%
Other Race4571.48%
2+ Races2166.14%
Asian1252.17%
Native American171.15%

Palmdale Veterans by Race

Palmdale Veterans by Education

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8.35%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.89%

Veteran Disability Rate

Palmdale Veterans by Education

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59.7%

Labor Force Participation

54.9%

Employment Rate

8%

Unemployment Rate

Palmdale Employment by Age

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Palmdale Employment by Race

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Palmdale 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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63.50%

Born in Palmdale

75.29%

Native Born

24.71%

Foreign Born

10.76%

Non Citizen

13.95%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

75.29% of Palmdale residents were born in the United States, with 63.50% having been born in California. 10.76% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Palmdale Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021152,921-1,079-0.70%
2020154,000-1,079-0.70%
2019155,079-1,079-0.69%
2018156,158-400-0.26%
2017156,558-181-0.12%
2016156,739-249-0.16%
2015156,9882180.14%
2014156,7702750.18%
2013156,4951,6341.06%
2012154,8618650.56%
2011153,9961,0600.69%
2010152,93636,2662.74%
2000116,67047,8285.42%
199068,84256,56518.82%
198012,2773,7663.73%
19708,511-3,011-2.98%
196011,52210,62213.60%
19409000.00%

Palmdale Population by Year