It is located approximately 107 miles east of Los Angeles, 123 miles northeast of San Diego, and 268 miles west of Phoenix, AZ. The city spans over 94 square miles, making it the largest city in the county by size.
Golf, swimming, tennis, horseback riding, biking, and hiking in the nearby desert and mountain areas are major forms of recreation in Palm Springs. The city has over 130 hotels and resorts, numerous bed & breakfast inns and over 100 restaurants and dining spots.
Palm Springs population is approximately 45,000. There are 22,746 households and there are 34,794 housing units. The median age is 51.6 years. The median income for a household in the city was Approximately $40,000. The relatively low income reflects the presence of a large retired population and a large population of owners of second homes whose income is not reported.
Palm Springs has a mostly hot, and usually dry climate, with over 300 days of sunshine and around 4.83 inches of rain annually. The winter months are warm, with daytime highs often between 73 °F and 86 °F . Summer often sees daytime temperatures between 106 °F and 112 °F.
The City of Palm Springs has developed a program to identify distinctive neighborhoods in the community. Of the 33 neighborhoods, 7 have historical and cultural significance.
The Palm Springs International Film Festival and Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films (“ShortFest”) present movie star-filled, red-carpet affairs in January and June respectively.
The festival regularly attracts around 135,000 people, coming from outside of the Coachella Valley, including Canada and Europe. It is noted for its Award Ceremonies where such actors as Brad Pitt, Clint Eastwood, Sean Penn, Dustin Hoffman, Anne Hathaway and Leonardo DiCaprio have appeared.
Starting in 2004, the city worked with downtown businesses to develop the weekly Palm Springs VillageFest. The downtown street fair has been a regular Thursday evening event, drawing tourists and locals alike to Palm Canyon Drive to stroll amid the food and craft vendors.
Modernism Week’s signature February Event is an annual
celebration of midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture. This
exciting festival takes place in February in the Palm Springs area. Modernism Week features
more than 250 events including the Modernism Show & Sale, Signature Home Tours, films,
lectures, Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, nightly parties and live music,
walking and bike tours, tours of Sunnylands, fashion, classic cars, modern garden tours,
a vintage travel trailer exhibition, and more.
In addition to the events in February, Modernism Week hosts the “Fall Preview” weekend in October.