Palm Springs is located on the western edge of the Coachella Valley, within the Colorado Desert, roughly 110 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 140 miles northeast of San Diego. The resort city is home to approximately 48,400 residents, though that number can vary, increasing up to 300% seasonally when “snowbirds” migrate south for the winter.
Many Hollywood movie studios have a ‘two-hour rule,’ stating that working actors must stay within two hours of the studio. The oasis of Palm Springs is located just within this timeframe, and in the 1930s became a popular celebrity destination.
Palm Springs’ Tahquitz Canyon, along with three southern canyons, are included in the National Register of Historic Places. The Palm Canyon is considered to be the world’s largest California Fan Palm Oasis.
Palm Springs averages 360 sunny days per year, and less than 5 inches of rain.
More than 80% of the dates produced in the United States are from the date gardens in Greater Palm Springs.
Palm Springs is known as the Golf Capital of the World.
In 1876 the Pacific Railroad laid tracks between Arizona and Los Angeles. The tracks ran through land inhabited by the Agua Caliente Native American tribe. The US government then gave the Pacific Railroad possession of the land within 10 square miles on either side of the railroad, and the remaining 52,000 acres to the Agua Caliente. About 6,700 acres of the Agua Caliente part of this land is within the city of Palm Springs.
The median home value in Palm Springs is approximately $396,500, and has increased 5% over the past year. The market in the area is considered warm, and values are predicted to rise in the next year. Palm Springs’ median rental cost is approximately $2,300.