A city known for the many events it hosts each year, Indio, California, is a growing desert community in Riverside County. Indio boats a vast inventory of single-family homes and condos with an average sale price that is less than that of the county as a whole. With homes ranging in size from about 1,000 square feet to several thousand square feet and in age from some six decades to just a few years, homebuyers will find a lot of variety in Indio.
Located in the Coachella Valley of the Colorado Desert, Indio has experienced much growth in both population and industry in recent years, reaching a current population of about 86,000 people. Agriculture and tourism make up a large part of the city’s local economy. Riverside County and the Desert Sands Unified School District are two of the city’s largest employers. Indio has a dry climate with hot summers and warm winters. The Desert Sands Unified and Coachella Valley Unified public school districts serve students in Indio. There also are several private and religious schools in the city. For higher education, the College of the Desert, a community college, is in nearby Palm Desert. And Southern California as a region is home to dozens of colleges and universities.
Dubbed The City of festivals, Indio serves as host or venue to popular happenings throughout the year. The local fairgrounds are a venue for a variety of events, from music concerts to rodeos. Each year the National Date Festival marks the region’s palm date harvest. And the annual International Tamale Festival is one of the biggest events of its kind. The Coachella music festival is held each year at Indio’s Empire Polo Club. The Southwest Arts Festival and Indio Powwow also are popular events. Indio has a vibrant art scene. Around the city there are nine murals with different local themes, as well as sculptures. And the annual Art in the Square event invites residents to use chalk to express themselves artistically. Several eateries in Indio bear witness to locals’ love for Mexican food. But with more than 100 restaurants, bakeries and bars in the city, there are dining options to suit any appetite or occasion. Downtown Indio offers a wide array of shopping opportunities, while big box stores and retails chains can be found in North Indio. The Highway 111 corridor has additional shopping, including a boutique farm stand. With its diversity of housing options at more affordable prices, Indio is a strong contender for anyone looking for housing in the region. See out listings for Indio and find a place that is right for you.