Palmdale, California

Palmdale: The most populous city in Los Angeles County, California. It is located in the Antelope Valley in southern California. Palmdale is known for its many aerospace companies, its many parks and green spaces, and its many attractions, such as the Palmdale Air Museum and the Palmdale Historical Society.

About

Palmdale is a city located in the county of Los Angeles in the U.S. state of California. Its population at the 2010 census was 152,750. After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 150,498 inhabitants.

The city was created 138 years ago in 1885.

Palmdale is a city located in northern Los Angeles County within the Antelope Valley region. With over 150,000 residents, Palmdale is the sixth largest city in L.A. County. It sits in the southernmost tip of the Mojave Desert.

History

Palmdale began as a sparsely inhabited desert town near Edwards Air Force Base. Palmdale incorporated as a city in 1962 and soon after major aerospace companies like Lockheed and Boeing opened facilities.

This spurred incredible population growth turning Palmdale from a Town of 5,000 in the 1960s to a major city by the 1980s. Palmdale became popular as an affordable suburb with a desert climate.

Economy and Industry

Aerospace development has dominated Palmdale’s history and is still the largest industry today. Manufacturing and shipping businesses have also emerged to diversify the economy.

Palmdale’s population is quite diverse with prominent Latino, African American and Asian communities. Home prices are also relatively affordable for the L.A. region.

Attractions and Recreation

Some popular attractions in Palmdale include:

  • Palmdale Amphitheater - A 7,000 seat outdoor concert venue
  • Devil’s Punchbowl Natural Area - Hiking trails with rock formations
  • Palmdale Oasis Park - A 37 acre waterpark and recreation facility
  • Barrel Springs Equestrian Center - Trails and arena located near the Angeles National Forest

Palmdale provides a unique desert lifestyle with economic opportunity while being within reach of major metro Los Angeles.

Palmdale locator map
Location of Palmdale on California map.

Quick Facts about Palmdale

Population : 150,498 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : California (United States)
County : Los Angeles County
Phone Area Codes : 661
Water as percent of area : 0.24%
Land as percent of area : 99.76%
Altitude : 2,657 feet / 810 meters
Establishment : January 01, 1886 (138 years ago)
Time Zone : Pacific Time Zone
Local time : 17:55:11 (13th April 2024)
Postal code : 93550
Population growth : -1.5% (2010-2020)
Palmdale and Mountains image
Palmdale and Mountains
Palmdale and Mountains image

Geography

Palmdale is located at 34°34'46"N 118°6'59"W (34.5794300, -118.1164600).

Palmdale map

Palmdale has 1 neighbours.

  • Littlerock census-designated place in Los Angeles County, California

Demographics

According to census records, the population of Palmdale decreased by 1.5% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 152,750 - census
2011 153,996 0.81% estimation process
2012 154,861 0.56% estimation process
2013 156,495 1.04% estimation process
2014 156,770 0.18% estimation process
2015 156,988 0.14% estimation process
2016 156,739 -0.16% estimation process
2017 156,558 -0.12% estimation process
2018 156,158 -0.26% estimation process
2019 155,079 -0.7% estimation process
2020 150,498 -3.04% estimation process

Palmdale zip code is 93550. County name: Los Angeles, County fips: 06037

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People born in Palmdale (33)

People born in Palmdale, including guitarist Zoot Horn Rollo, musician Afroman, professional basketball player Paul George, .

List

  • Ron Hornaday Jr. (American stock car racing driver) he was born in 20/06/1958
  • Mariah Shirley (American actress) she was born in 05/07/1969
  • Bubba Harris (American bicycle motocross rider) he was born in 07/08/1985
  • Niecy Nash (American actress) she was born in 23/02/1970
  • Carlos Aguilar (American soccer player) he was born in 25/05/1988
  • Curtis Brown (Player of American football) he was born in 03/03/1984
  • DeShawn Shead (American football player) he was born in 28/06/1989
  • Jason Anderson (American football player) he was born in 29/04/1980
  • Joe Martin (American football player) he was born in 25/10/1983
  • Joel Díaz, Jr (American boxer) he was born in 25/03/1992
  • John Keith (Player of American and Canadian football) he was born in 24/04/1986
  • Lance Hooper (American race car driver) he was born in 01/06/1967
  • Marquez Branson (American football tight end) he was born in 14/02/1987
  • Ronnie Hornaday (American racing driver) he was born in 01/08/1979
  • Sled Reynolds (animal trainer) he was born in 01/01/1950
  • Eugena Washington (US fashion model) she was born in 08/10/1985
  • Lise Cutter (American actress) she was born in 31/07/1959
  • Kurt Caselli (American motorcycle racer) he was born in 30/06/1983

Schools in Palmdale

College & universities near Palmdale, CA

Code Name City ZIP
446118 Career Care Institute Lancaster (CA) 93534
442930 University of Antelope Valley Lancaster (CA) 93534
117238 Lancaster Beauty School Lancaster (CA) 93534
109350 Antelope Valley College Lancaster (CA) 93536-5426
117867 Los Angeles Mission College Sylmar (CA) 91342-3200

Stations (41)

Amtrak & bus stations near Palmdale, CA

Code Name Address Type
PMD Palmdale (Amtrak Thruway), California 39000 Clock Tower Plaza Drive - Bus Bay 2E BUS
LTR Littlerock, California 7715 Pearblossom Hwy BUS
LCS Lancaster, California 44812 Sierra Highway BUS
LCA La Crescenta, California Honolulu & Lowell Avenue BUS
NHL Santa Clarita-Newhall, California 24300 Railroad Avenue RAIL

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Distance to Other Cities

Palmdale distances to largest California cities