Palm Springs, CA
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Palm Springs is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 47,371 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, Palm Springs is the 189th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Palm Springs 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 Springs is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.34% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Palm Springs is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Palm Springs who work in sales jobs (13.41%), management occupations (12.06%), and food service (9.66%).

Of important note, Palm Springs is also a city of artists. Palm Springs has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Palm Springs’s character.

A relatively large number of people in Palm Springs telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 12.13% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

The citizens of Palm Springs are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 34.02% of adults in Palm Springs have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Palm Springs in 2010 was $35,799, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $143,196 for a family of four. However, Palm Springs contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Palm Springs is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Palm Springs home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Palm Springs residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Palm Springs also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 25.81% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Palm Springs include English, Irish, Italian, and French .

In addition, Palm Springs has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (21.25%).

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