Palm Desert, CA
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Palm Desert is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 52,932 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, Palm Desert is the 178th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Palm Desert are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.

Palm Desert is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.54% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Palm Desert is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Palm Desert who work in sales jobs (14.98%), office and administrative support (12.46%), and management occupations (11.81%).

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.37% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Another notable thing is that Palm Desert is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the city’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.

The education level of Palm Desert citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 35.92% of adults in Palm Desert have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Palm Desert in 2010 was $40,305, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $161,220 for a family of four. However, Palm Desert contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Palm Desert is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Palm Desert home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Palm Desert residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Palm Desert also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 25.86% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Palm Desert include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Palm Desert's cultural character, accounting for 20.08% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Palm Desert is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.