PALM SPRINGS

A DESERT DESTINATION

Palm Springs, a city in the Sonoran Desert of southern California, is known for its hot springs, stylish hotels, golf courses and spas. It’s also noted for its many fine examples of midcentury-modern architecture. Its core shopping district along Palm Canyon Drive features vintage boutiques, interior design shops and restaurants. The surrounding Coachella Valley offers hiking, biking and horseback riding trails.

Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. It is located approximately 55 mi (89 km) east of San Bernardino, 107 mi (172 km) east of Los Angeles, 123 mi (198 km) northeast of San Diego, and 268 mi (431 km) west of Phoenix, Arizona. The population was 44,552 as of the 2010 census. Palm Springs covers approximately 94 square miles (240 km), making it the largest city in the county by land area.

Golf, swimming, tennis, biking, hiking and horseback riding in the nearby desert and mountain areas are major forms of recreation in Palm Springs. The city is also known for its mid-century modern architecture, design elements, and arts and cultural scene. Palm Springs is a popular retirement destination, as well as a winter snowbird destination; during the winter months (November to March), the city’s population triples.

Recent estimates show that the population in Palm Springs city is over 47,000. This is up from the 44,552 recorded at the time of the last census in 2010. The city stretches across almost 95 square miles and has a population density of over 506 people per square mile.

Over three-quarters of Palm Springs’ population is White, 4.4% are black, 1% are Native American, 4.4% are Asian, while over one quarter are Hispanic or Latino of any race. There are over 22,000 households in Palm Springs. Over one-quarter of the population is at least 65 years old, 13.7% are under age 18, and the most significant demographic (making up 34.6% of the population) is between the ages of 45 to 64.

There are more males than females – 133.8 males for every 100 females. Over 18% of the total population lives below the poverty line. What’s unique about the population in Palm Springs is that it has one of the largest concentrations of same-sex couples. Over 7% of households are shared by same-sex couples, high above the national average of just 1%.

The Palm Springs Unified School District, or PSUSD, is one of three public education governing bodies in the Coachella Valley desert region of Southern California. PSUSD governs the western half of the valley; the Coachella Valley Unified School District and Desert Sands Unified School District oversee communities in the eastern half. Administrative offices are located in Palm Springs. The PSUSD was established in 1958 from the Palm Springs Public Schools, later included Palm Springs High School in the 1960s.

PSUSD employs more than 2000 administrators, certificated staff and classified staff. More than 23,000 students are enrolled in sixteen elementary schools, four middle schools, four  and a continuation high school. Preschools, Head Start programs and adult education are covered as well.

  • Cahuilla Elementary School – oldest grade school in existence, opened in 1920’s, renovated.
  • second Cahuilla in Finchy school campus (extended Advanced Studies).
  • Cielo Vista Elementary School – opened in the 1950s, renovated.
  • Katherine Finchy School (opened 1950s, formerly Middle, now a Grade school since the 1980s, moved to new facility in 1998).
  • Vista Del Monte Elementary School – opened in 1983, replaced older site since the 1920s.

10 things to do in Palm Springs

  • Take in the views aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
  • Make a pit stop at the Palm Springs Visitors Center
  • Feed a giraffe at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens
  • Take flight at the Palm Springs Air Museum
  • Admire works at the Palm Springs Art Museum
  • Hike to a waterfall oasis at Tahquitz Canyon
  • Look at prickly plants at the Moorten Botanical Garden
  • Explore the massive estate at Sunnylands
  • Pose in front of the Cabazon Dinosaurs
  • Window shop at art galleries and antique and furniture stores

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