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Palm Desert

Palm Desert

This sun-soaked paradise boasts a rich tapestry of shopping, dining, and cultural experiences.

Welcome to Palm Desert

A Desert Oasis in the Coachella Valley
Welcome to Palm Desert, a vibrant desert community at the heart of the Coachella Valley. This sun-soaked paradise boasts a rich tapestry of shopping, dining, and cultural experiences, all set against a stunning desert backdrop. Whether you're searching for a friendly community, world-class schools, or proximity to fantastic shopping and dining options, Palm Desert welcomes you with open arms.

What to Love

  • Friendly: Palm Desert is renowned for its welcoming atmosphere. It's a place where neighbors become friends, and residents enjoy a strong sense of community.
  • Top-Notch Schools: The area offers excellent educational opportunities, with outstanding schools that foster academic excellence and support student growth.
  • Retail and Dining Haven: The city is a shopping mecca, with the renowned El Paseo Shopping District offering a premium shopping experience. The dining scene is equally impressive, boasting a variety of restaurants to please even the most discerning palates.

Local Lifestyle

Palm Desert's local lifestyle combines leisure, cultural experiences, and a strong sense of community. Residents indulge in the warm desert climate by participating in outdoor activities like golf and hiking. The city's cultural scene is enriched by institutions like The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens and the McCallum Theatre, offering opportunities for learning and entertainment. The friendly atmosphere ensures that Palm Desert isn't just a place to live; it's a place to belong.

Dining and Entertainment

Palm Desert's dining and entertainment options are a feast for the senses. The El Paseo Shopping District is a paradise for shoppers, housing upscale boutiques and art galleries. Meanwhile, the city's culinary scene shines with diverse eateries, from gourmet fine dining to international cuisine.
Si Bon is celebrated for its fusion of European and American cuisine. The elegant yet inviting ambiance, combined with the exceptional service, makes Si Bon a favorite for locals and visitors. Morton’s is a distinguished steakhouse known for its upscale dining experience. With a reputation for serving high-quality steaks and seafood, this restaurant offers a classic and elegant atmosphere.
Don't miss the chance to explore the tantalizing dishes of Desert Willow Golf Resort and savor an exquisite dining experience. Bighorn Golf Club is the exclusive home of various dining venues, from the relaxed Pour House to the refined Canyons Steak House.

Things to Do

Palm Desert offers a wealth of activities and adventures. Golf enthusiasts can tee off at the prestigious Bighorn Golf Club, which features two main courses. The Canyons Course and the Mountains Course offer challenging play with picturesque fairways, elevated tees, and well-maintained greens. The club provides a luxurious golfing experience with top-notch amenities, professional staff, and a scenic backdrop of the Santa Rosa Mountains. 
Nature lovers can explore the unique flora and fauna of The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The McCallum Theatre is the heart of cultural entertainment, showcasing performances from world-class artists. Whether it's embracing the great outdoors or immersing yourself in cultural experiences, Palm Desert provides endless opportunities.
Palm Desert is renowned for its exceptional golf courses with lush fairways, stunning desert landscapes, and challenging layouts. Golfers can choose from various courses, each with its unique design and challenges, ensuring a memorable golfing experience in the heart of the desert.


Palm Desert boasts exceptional educational opportunities, making it an ideal choice for families. Outstanding schools in the area are dedicated to nurturing students' growth and academic achievement, ensuring that children receive a top-tier education.

Overview for Palm Desert, CA

51,081 people live in Palm Desert, where the median age is 56.2 and the average individual income is $50,320. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

56.2 years

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Around Palm Desert, CA

There's plenty to do around Palm Desert, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Lifestyles Nutrition Center, Chrissy’s On El Paseo, and KL Fitness & Performance.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining · $ 1.39 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 1.58 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.94 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.85 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.91 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.48 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Palm Desert, CA

Palm Desert has 23,951 households, with an average household size of 2.12. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Palm Desert do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 51,081 people call Palm Desert home. The population density is 1,905.13 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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46.97 / 53.03%

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Schools in Palm Desert, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Palm Desert. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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