Thousand Palms is a somewhat small town located in the state of California. With a population of 8,270 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Thousand Palms is the 445th largest community in California.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Thousand Palms is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Thousand Palms is a town of service providers, construction workers and builders, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Thousand Palms who work in office and administrative support (11.64%), maintenance occupations (10.68%), and sales jobs (9.50%).
Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Thousand Palms is worth considering.
Thousand Palms is a very car-oriented town. 85.57% of residents commute to work in a private automobile rather than by other means, such as public transit, bicycling, or walking. This is because Thousand Palms is a small town , and most people who live here have to drive out of town for work, and the town population is not large nor dense enough to support an extensive public transportation system. Thousand Palms has a lot of rural roads, and houses can be far apart. Many residents drive out of town for regular shopping trips as well.
Being a small town, Thousand Palms does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
The percentage of adults in Thousand Palms with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.06% of adults in Thousand Palms have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Thousand Palms in 2010 was $19,837, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $79,348 for a family of four. However, Thousand Palms contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Thousand Palms is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Thousand Palms 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 Thousand Palms, accounting for 59.44% of the town’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Thousand Palms residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Thousand Palms include German, English, Canadian, and European.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Thousand Palms's cultural character, accounting for 27.96% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in Thousand Palms is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Russian.