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Palmdale is a city in Los Angeles County, in the Los Angeles-Long Beach metro area.

The latitude of Palmdale is 34.579N. The longitude is -118.115W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 2,657 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 127,759.


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Median household income
Local
$46,941
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Palmdale demographic reports
Palmdale is in the Antelope Valley.
Former and merged names include:
· Palmenthal
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 920. The number of murders and homicides was 11. The violent crime rate was 7.3 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1998 movie, "Hard Rain"
· 2004 movie, "The Terminal"
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Fall Festival - Oct. 13-14, 2007
Dates often change. Check Palmdale web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: Antelope Valley Indian Museum
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 119
Quotes:
The first of many civic lies about Palmdale was its name, bestowed by Swiss and German settlers who arrived overland from Nebraska and mistook its Joshua trees for palms and called it 'Palmenthal.'
-- California Fault
Thurston Clarke

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Ancestry & family history

9% of Palmdale residents report German ancestry, and 7% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Palmdale ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Palmdale was $16,384, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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13% of Palmdale residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Palmdale, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $551.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,194.


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Libraries in Palmdale include Lake Los Angeles Library, Palmdale City Library, Youth Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Palmdale include Antelope Valley Press

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Los Angeles County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Palmdale political report.

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The average commute time for Palmdale workers is 43 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 42 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Palmdale between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 3.6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly lower than the national norm.

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“ The first of many civic lies about Palmdale was its name, bestowed by Swiss and German settlers who arrived overland from Nebraska and mistook its Joshua trees for palms and called it 'Palmenthal.' ”
~ California Fault
Thurston Clarke

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