Palm Desert is a city located in Riverside County, California, in the Palm Springs area, approximately 11 miles east of Palm Springs in the Coachella Valley. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 41,155.
A major center of growth in the area, it is a popular retreat for "snowbirds" from colder climates, who swell its population by an estimated 31,000 each winter.
The area was first known as the Old MacDonald Ranch, then Palm Village in the 1920s, when date palms were planted. The first residential development occurred in 1943, in connection with an Army maintenance camp in the area. In 1948 the Palm Desert Corporation began to develop real estate, and in 1951 the area was given its present name. Many celebrities keep homes in Palm Desert, including Dwight Eisenhower and Gerald Ford. The community was incorporated November 26, 1973.
Palm Desert is the home of the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, a combination zoo and botanical garden featuring an extensive collection of desert plants and animals. It is also the site of the campus of College of the Desert. the local community college.
Web Sites and Links
City Guide to Palm DesertDirectory of local shopping, recreation and attractions.
Palm Desert Chamber of CommerceProvides visitor and community information, chamber services and events, and a member business directory.
Palm Desert Golf Cart ParadeFeatures decorated electric golf cars, marching bands, celebrities and local dignitaries.