Palmdale is a relatively large city located in the state of California. With a population of 158,351 people and 38 constituent neighborhoods, Palmdale is the 32nd largest community in California.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Palmdale is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Palmdale is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Palmdale who work in office and administrative support (12.91%), sales jobs (12.37%), and management occupations (7.17%).
In Palmdale, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.96 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.
The percentage of adults in Palmdale with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 14.83% of adults in Palmdale have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Palmdale in 2010 was $19,217, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $76,868 for a family of four. However, Palmdale contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Palmdale is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Palmdale home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Palmdale, accounting for 57.28% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Palmdale residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Palmdale include Irish, English, Italian, and French .
Palmdale also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 26.24%.
The most common language spoken in Palmdale is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.