As the Coachella Valley as a whole has grown, Cathedral City’s central location has proven to be a decisive advantage. Adjacent to PSP, the region’s international airport, Cathedral City is within easy reach of neighbors, Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, and is accessible to the rest of the Valley. It’s where business clusters happen, from the highly successful Auto Center to the Perez Road Home Improvement District.The City retains a strong service orientation. Its police and fire department are the most highly regarded in the Valley. Its community development department is known for streamlined response on project submittals. Major public improvement projects move forward with strong public backing, even in times of financial constraints.In a desert region best known for resorts, recreation and seasonal visitors, Cathedral City stands out for its more down-to-earth, everyday, and year-round appeal. It is the quintessential New American City, a place where citizens, like the City itself, possess a keen inner drive to be more, do more, and go further.Cathedral City is the place to go to get things done.

It’s a place where people live real.

To discover Cathedral City is to begin a deepening relationship with a place that has all the essential ingredients for creating the life you want. That is if you want a life enriched by the time honored values of integrity, hard work, self-reliance, community, acceptance, and pride of place.

Here, these are the values that shape the surroundings, anchor the future, and lend warmth and depth to everyday life. Cathedral City is the new American city – the place to realize an old dream in the modern world.

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Discover Cathedral City Info Piece

Discover Cathedral City Info Piece


  • From 2000-2011, Cathedral City’s population increased from 42,647 to 52,841 – a gain of 10,194 people (20%) in eleven years.
  • Cathedral City’s median household income is $42,927 and average household income is $60,569 according to the most recent American Community Survey (2009). Per capita income is $22,242.
  • Workforce population of 114,570 within 10-mile radius of Cathedral City center
  • During the past 10 years, Cathedral City’s permanent population has grown by 20% and is significantly greater – at 52,595 – than that of Palm Springs (46,135) and Rancho Mirage (17,745). Additionally, there is room for population growth in Cathedral City as there is substantial developable land available within the city for more housing and commercial space, especially on land that has been annexed and/or added to the city’s sphere of influence in recent years.
  • 17,000 residents live in the area for three to six months a year, an 18.5% growth rate over the past 10 years. These “snowbirds” pump significant dollars into the local economy.
  • With over 52,000 residents Cathedral City has a significantly higher permanent population than its neighboring cities, Palm Springs (46,135) and Rancho Mirage (17,745), making it the largest City in the Western Valley.
  • Analysts project by 2016 the 10-mile area adjacent to the Cathedral City City Center will have a population of 218,169.

Cathedral City Demographic Snapshot


  • Permanent 52,595
  • Seasonal 17,000
  • Density (#/acre ) 2,760

  • Housing units 21,527
  • Family households 64.9%
  • Family households w/kids under 18 58.6%
  • Household size 3.11
  • Homes owned 48.7%
  • Homes rented 29.1%
  • Homes vacant 22.2%
  • Hispanic 60.2%
  • White 31.0%
  • Asian 4.8%
  • Black 2.0%
  • Native American 0.4%
  • Other 1.6%
  • Median age 36.7
  • Under 18 27.1%
  • 18 to 64 58.6%
  • 60 and over 19.3%


Quality of Life

  • Cathedral City was named one of “America’s Top 10 Bargain Retirement Spots” by US News and World Report.
  • Cathedral City is the Coachella Valley’s home for distinctive activities. From a world class ice rink for Olympic hopefuls to “big league” style baseball and soccer fields, Cathedral City’s athletic facilities draw participants from around the nation.

School System

  • From 1999-2011, the Palm Springs Unified School District that serves Cathedral City’s students has increased its Academic Performance Index scores from 555 to 759. The district’s scores have increased since 2004.
  • College of the Desert is a fully accredited community college bestowing various associate art degrees. The college works with local businesses providing contract education and a comprehensive array of training and management programs.
  • The University of Phoenix has a nearby campus located in Palm Desert offering working students the unique opportunity to earn their associates, bachelors, masters, or doctoral degrees with accommodating on-campus and online class schedules.

Public Safety

Cathedral City has one of the lowest crime rates in the Coachella Valley. From 1993-2010, the number of incidents per 1,000 people fell from 65.8 to 34.3, a drop of -47.9%. This occurred as 567 fewer crimes were reported (-24.3%) despite the fact that the population increased by 16,002 people (45.2%).

Market Facts

  • In 2009, the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey found that the total income of Cathedral City’s residents was $1.1 billion or 10.3% of the $10.7 Billion in the Coachella Valley. Total income for Western Region market area residents: $4.4 Billion.
  • Total payroll released by Cathedral City’s firms and agencies rose from $215 million in 2000 to $286 billion by 2010 – an increase from 2000-2010 of $70.3 million or 32.7%.
  • Per capita taxable sales in Cathedral City were $10,859 during 2010, ranking in the top half of Riverside County cities.
  • Deposits in Cathedral City’s financial institutions stood at $148.6 million in 2010.
  • $3.5 Billion: The assessed valuation of property in Cathedral City. This represents a stunning 68% growth rate over the past 10 years.
  • $482,281,000: Cathedral City’s total retail sales in 2010 were over 40 percent higher than neighboring Rancho Mirage ($279,730,000).
  • 5,000 acres Amount of recently annexed land with favorable commercial zoning that is available as part of the new “North City” plan.


Cathedral City Neighborhoods

Cathedral City Neighborhoods

Cathedral City is made up of a diverse tapestry of close-knit neighborhoods. Each has its own unique style and history, but share a strong sense of character and identity.

Contact Information

  • Building Department 760-770-0340
  • Inspection Requests 760-770-0341
  • Planning Department 760-770-0370
  • Engineering Department 760-770-0349
  • Business License 760-770-0353
  • Code Compliance 760-770-0309
  • Conservation/Recycling 760-770-0369
  • Fire Department (Admin) 760-770-8200
  • Police Department 760-770-0362
  • Public Relations 760-770-0396

Leisa Lukes

Business Development Manager
(760) 770-0386




Stone James

Economic Development Director

(760) 770-0336