Thousand Palms, California

Summary

Thousand Palms is a census-designated place (CDP) in the Coachella Valley of Riverside County, California, United States. The population was 7,715 at the 2010 census, up from 5,120 at the 2000 census.

Thousand Palms
Location in Riverside County and the state of California
Location in Riverside County and the state of California
Thousand Palms is located in the United States
Thousand Palms
Thousand Palms
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 33°49′01″N 116°23′14″W / 33.81694°N 116.38722°W / 33.81694; -116.38722Coordinates: 33°49′01″N 116°23′14″W / 33.81694°N 116.38722°W / 33.81694; -116.38722
CountryUnited States
StateCalifornia
CountyRiverside
Area
 • Total23.636 sq mi (61.217 km2)
 • Land23.636 sq mi (61.217 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation246 ft (75 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total7,715
 • Density330/sq mi (130/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
92276
Area codes442/760
FIPS code06-78596
GNIS feature IDs1656643, 2409313

GeographyEdit

Thousand Palms is located at 33°49′01″N 116°23′14″W / 33.816868°N 116.387143°W / 33.816868; -116.387143.[3] It borders the cities of Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 23.6 square miles (61 km2), all of it land.

The Coachella Valley Preserve is a 20,000-acre large nature preserve consisting of several natural desert oases, aeolian sand dunes, and California fan palm tree groves. It is home to endangered wildlife such as the Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard and other rare endemic species to the Sonoran Desert.[4] The oases with their springs and ponds were created as the lines of the San Andreas Fault allow for underground water to rise to the surface. It is home to 183 bird species, and also an endangered fish species, the Desert pupfish.[5] The preserve has over 25 miles of hiking trails and has been inhabited for centuries by Native Americans. The preserve was also a popular stagecoach stop between Los Angeles the gold mines along the Colorado River.[6]

HistoryEdit

Large colonies of fan palms have for long been named a thousand palms. This area was previously known as 100 Palm Spring, as seen on 1874 maps and an official Land Office map dating to 1891. The post office was established in 1915 and the area was named Edom, California after the ancient Asian nation. However, in 1919, a residents petition was carried out and the name was changed to Thousand Palms.[7]

The location had a post office called Edom in 1913. The post office was moved in 1938 and then renamed as Thousand Palms in 1939.[8]

DemographicsEdit

2010Edit

At the 2010 census Thousand Palms had a population of 7,715. The population density was 326.4 people per square mile (126.0/km2). The racial makeup of Thousand Palms was 5,763 (74.7%) White, 105 (1.4%) African American, 75 (1.0%) Native American, 129 (1.7%) Asian, 10 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 1,422 (18.4%) from other races, and 211 (2.7%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4,051 persons (52.5%).[9]

The census reported that 7,685 people (99.6% of the population) lived in households, 30 (0.4%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and no one was institutionalized.

There were 2,849 households, 817 (28.7%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 1,431 (50.2%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 314 (11.0%) had a female householder with no husband present, 151 (5.3%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 165 (5.8%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 45 (1.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 727 households (25.5%) were one person and 465 (16.3%) had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.70. There were 1,896 families (66.5% of households); the average family size was 3.26.

The age distribution was 1,754 people (22.7%) under the age of 18, 636 people (8.2%) aged 18 to 24, 1,629 people (21.1%) aged 25 to 44, 1,771 people (23.0%) aged 45 to 64, and 1,925 people (25.0%) who were 65 or older. The median age was 43.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.5 males.

There were 3,705 housing units at an average density of 156.8 per square mile, of the occupied units 2,227 (78.2%) were owner-occupied and 622 (21.8%) were rented. The homeowner vacancy rate was 4.4%; the rental vacancy rate was 11.9%. 5,591 people (72.5% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 2,094 people (27.1%) lived in rental housing units.

2000Edit

At the 2000 census there were 5,120 people, 1,912 households, and 1,260 families in the CDP. The population density was 1,279.7 people per square mile (494.2/km2). There were 2,557 housing units at an average density of 639.1 per square mile (246.8/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 74.8% White, 0.7% Black, 0.9% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 19.4% from other races, and 3.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 43.6%.[10]

Of the 1,912 households 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 26.5% of households were one person and 17.0% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.7 and the average family size was 3.3.

The age distribution was 25.6% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 19.1% from 45 to 64, and 23.0% 65 or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.8 males.

The median household income was $34,172 and the median family income was $37,500. Males had a median income of $33,325 versus $25,543 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,790. About 9.4% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.0% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.

GovernmentEdit

In the California State Legislature, Thousand Palms is in the 28th Senate District, represented by Republican Melissa Melendez, and in the 56th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Eduardo Garcia.[11]

In the United States House of Representatives, Thousand Palms is in California's 36th congressional district, represented by Democrat Raul Ruiz.[12]

UtilitiesEdit

Electricity in Thousand Palms is served by the Imperial Irrigation District.

Sports ArenaEdit

Thousand Palms is home to Acrisure Arena, home to the Coachella Valley Firebirds, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Seattle Kraken (NHL).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files – Places – California". United States Census Bureau.
  2. ^ "Thousand Palms". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  4. ^ Randall, Laura (2012). Day and Overnight Hikes: Palm Springs. Menasha Ridge Press. Pages 117-120. ISBN 9780897327718.
  5. ^ Teresa, Maria and Matthew Lombardi (2011). Fodor's 2012 California. Full-Color Travel Guide Series. Page 685. ISBN 9780679009511.
  6. ^ Kremer, Lydia (2018). 100 Things to Do in Palm Springs Before You Die. Reedy Press. Page 61. ISBN 9781681061917.
  7. ^ Gudde, Erwin Gustav (1960). California Place Names: The Origin and Etymology of Current Geographical Names. University of California Press. Page 235.
  8. ^ Durham, David L. (2001). Place-Names of California's Desert Counties. Clovis, CA: World Dancer Press. p. 58. ISBN 1-884995-31-4.
  9. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Thousand Palms CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  11. ^ "Statewide Database". UC Regents. Archived from the original on February 1, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2014.
  12. ^ "California's 36th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC.

External linksEdit

  • The Desert Sun, Coachella Valley Newspaper