Palm Springs, CA
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Palm Springs is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 47,689 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 87.85% 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 (12.79%), management occupations (12.67%), and office and administrative support (9.68%).

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: 13.40% 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Palm Springs is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Palm Springs area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The education level of Palm Springs citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 35.32% of adults in Palm Springs have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Palm Springs in 2010 was $37,343, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $149,372 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 25.80% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Palm Springs include English, Irish, Italian, and French .

Palm Springs also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 19.86%.

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