World-famous as a resort destination for movie stars and other celebrities, Palm Springs is also a socially diverse, mid-sized city with a thriving arts community and plenty of distinctive neighborhoods. With a mixture of dwellings that includes everything from newer and established single-family homes to row houses and condominiums, the city offers its inhabitants a wide selection of housing options. The appeal of the area is increased by the stark, beautiful scenery of the Colorado Desert and the surrounding mountain terrain.
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Palm Springs is located 123 miles southeast of Los Angeles in Coachella Valley, part of California's Riverside County. The city has a population of roughly 46,000 spread out over 94 square miles. Since 2000, the number of inhabitants has increased by about 8 percent. Downtown Palm Springs features numerous fine and casual restaurants, as well as plenty of shopping destinations. Other notable points in the downtown area include the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, several spas, the Spa Resort Casino, the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum and the Palm Springs Walk of the Stars. The city's 33 neighborhoods include several of historical note, including the Movie Colony, Warm Sands, Las Palmas, Sunmor Estates and the Mesa.
The Palm Springs area continues to serve as a retreat for the rich and famous. However, the city itself is also a haven for all kinds of working artists, including painters, sculptors and photographers. Overall, white-collar jobs predominate in the area, and professionals, office workers and salespeople make up large percentages of the workforce. The diverse, vibrant art scene in the greater Palm Springs area includes prime destinations such as the Palm Springs Arts Museum, the Annenberg Theater and the Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert. Major arts and cultural events in the area include the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the La Quinta Arts Festival, the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair and the Indian Wells Arts Festival. Palm Springs is also home to professional tennis' BNP Paribas Open and golf tournaments from three different professional tours. The city has a well-deserved reputation for its hot summers, mild winters and low yearly rainfall total. Residents frequently take advantage of the good weather and have access to a number of parks. Outdoor activities popular in the area include golfing, tennis, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, off-roading and swimming. Whether you prefer arts and culture or the great outdoors, you'll feel right at home in Palm Springs.