According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Palm Desert has an overall cost of living index of 130 which is 1.3x higher than the national index of 100.
Compared to only California, Palm Desert has a cost of living index that's 0.9x lower than California's index of 140.
The standard of living in Palm Desert ranks as #5,261 most affordable out of the 6,418 places we measured in California. By definition, that implies Palm Desert ranks as the #1,158 most expensive place in the Golden State.
|Living Expense||Palm Desert||California||National Average|
Housing swings affordability the most between places in California, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.
Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.
|City||Population||Cost Of Living||Vs. Palm Desert|
|Palm Springs, CA||48,390||124||1.0x|
|La Quinta, CA||41,650||134||1.0x|
|Rancho Mirage, CA||18,537||148||1.1x|
|Thousand Palms, CA||8,158||109||0.8x|
|Bermuda Dunes, CA||6,626||127||1.0x|
|Desert Palms, CA||6,599||141||1.1x|
|Indian Wells, CA||5,463||164||1.3x|