Palm Springs California
The 300 sq. mile Coachella Valley is heaven for retirement, largely because of the warm winter desert climate. Palm Springs is the cultural core of the valley, and the newer developments such as Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, Bermuda Dunes, Indio, and La Quinta extend eastward without noticeable interruption between these cities within the larger metropolitan area. Palm Springs is a laid-back getaway with retro charms and some of Californias most striking landscape, with rugged mountains soaring out of the palm studded desert. Home to the original Rat Pack, todays Palm Springs prides itself on the preservation of its 50s architecture known as Modernism, and is a place where retirees mix amiably with hipsters and a significant gay and lesbian contingent. Population: As of the 2010 census, the population of Palm Springs was 44,552. The Coachella Valley has approximately 160,000 people.
Climate: Palm Springs is located in a desert, so its climate is hot and dry, with 354 days of sunshine and only 4.83 inches of rain annually.
Cost of living: The cost of living in Palm Springs is 22% greater than the national average.
Housing costs: Housing is approximately 28% greater than the national average, but real estate prices have been drastically affected by the foreclosures in 2010-11. The median home cost in Palm Springs is $255,400.
Colleges and Universities: In adjacent Palm Desert, there is an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University San Bernardino. Classes are also offered at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Here mature adults can learn for the pure joy of it!
Transportation:Palm Springs International Airport is conveniently located close to downtown. SunLine Transit Agency provides local bus service in the area, and Amtrak's Sunset Limited stops at the Palm Springs Amtrak station three times a week.
Travel and tourism: Palm Springs has always been a party town; snowbirds from the Northern states (and more recently an invasion of Canadians due to the favorable exchange rate) want flashy vacation homes, and lots of entertainment. Palm Springs pretty much has it all! You can hike oasis canyons or ski through silky snow (or both in the same day), play golf, take in a big name show or gamble at one of the Indian casinos, shop at outlet malls or high-toned boutiques, explore museums, sample a date milkshake, tour a windmill or straddle a fault line. Nearby Joshua Tree National Park is fascinating for its unique geology, flora and fauna.
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