Palm Springs is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 48,142 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 87.53% 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 management occupations (12.84%), sales jobs (12.66%), and food service (10.36%).
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 13.74% 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.
The population of Palm Springs is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 36.28% of adults in Palm Springs have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Palm Springs in 2010 was $39,458, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $157,832 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 Black or African-American. 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 26.68% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Palm Springs include German, English, Irish, Italian, and French.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Palm Springs's cultural character, accounting for 20.23% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Palm Springs is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.