Why ‪‎Palm Desert‬ is a good place to live

A great article on Palm Desert written by Chris Kolmar. Located just 11 miles from Palm Springs, and of a similar size population-wise, Palm Desert appeals to year-round residents as well as being a popular vacation and winter “snowbird” destination.

Palm Desert, CA has a fabulous climate—if you like it hot—and is a great lifestyle-oriented city. Located just 11 miles from Palm Springs, and of a similar size population-wise, Palm Desert appeals to year-round residents as well as being a popular vacation and winter “snowbird” destination. According to Area Vibes, Palm Desert is an “exceptionally livable” place to reside and is ranked 94th in the whole of California in terms of livability. So what is it about Palm Desert that makes it so great?

Employment and the Economy in Palm Desert

Palm Desert has a low unemployment rate and a good selection of major employers. The economy is strong partly thanks to the fact that this is such a popular vacation destination. There are numerous resorts within the city limits, and one of these, the JW Marriott Desert Springs Golf Resort, is the largest employer with 2,000 people working there. Some of the country clubs are also major employers, including Bighorn Golf Club and Toscana Country Club, while Universal Protection Services have a workforce of 1,500 and Guthy-Renker has 825.

Cost of Living in Palm Desert

Palm Desert attracts residents from all over the country—and the world—because it offers a great quality of life with affordable housing options compared to some cities in California. The mean home value is $384,300 and that’s 14 percent lower than the California average. Overall cost of living may be considered high for some cities—the index is 130 compared to California’s 131 and the national average of 100—but then the city has a great deal to offer. Healthcare, housing, groceries, utilities, and transportation are all more affordable than in California as a whole.

Schools and Education in Palm Desert

Palm Desert may be a popular vacation destination but it doesn’t lack in schools. There is a main high school for the city, Palm Desert High School, and a main middle school, Palm Desert Middle School, along with six elementary schools all named after former presidents. College of the Desert has its main campus here and there’s an extension campus for California State University San Bernardino and the University of California Riverside. High school graduation rates are very good, as are bachelors graduation rates at 31.4% compared to 16.9% average for California.