Renter's Guide to Palmdale
The sunny mountain town of Palmdale, CA welcomes you!
While it may technically be a suburb of LA, you’ll feel like you’re in your own world here, since the San Gabriel Mountains shield it from the LA metro area.
The economy is great too. In fact, WalletHub ranked Palmdale as the 12th most diversified economy in the US in 2015. This is great news, whether you're a millennial just getting started in their career or you're looking for a place to raise a family.
Palmdale is located in Los Angeles County and is about 106 square-miles, roughly the same size as nearby Lancaster – but just 4% as big as the city of Los Angeles.
It's 9 miles from Lancaster, 53 miles from Burbank, and 64 miles from LA.
Palmdale has what's known as a high desert climate. Average summer highs are in the upper 90s, but the low humidity and high altitude make it feel a lot cooler. Winter lows can drop to around 35ºF, but snowfall is rare
Palmdale, CA Demographics
- Total Population112,401
Female 55,860Male 56,541
- Median Age31
Cost of Living in Palmdale, CA
What are prices like in Palmdale? For starters, a three-course meal for two at a mid-priced restaurant in Palmdale costs between $28 and $60. If you need a caffeine fix, you can buy a cappuccino at a local cafe for around $4
Utilities for a 915-square-foot apartment in Palmdale – which includes electricity, heating, water, and waste disposal – cost around $127.95. That's just below the national average of $147.
Public transit is easily available in Palmdale, with a large transportation center that links to the Antelope Valley Transit Authority System. One-way bus fare is $1.50, or you can purchase a day pass for $5. You can also save a little by grabbing one of their 31-day passes for just $50.
Palmdale has many taxi services, including Palmdale Taxi, Antelope Taxicab, Midvalley Yellow Cab, and several smaller outfits.
Average Rent in Palmdale, CA
- Palmdale, CA Average Rental Price, December 2018$1,203/mo
- 1 Bedroom$1,074
- 2 Bedrooms$1,228
Palmdale, CA Apartment Rent Ranges
Palmdale, CA Rent Trends
|All rentals||Studio||1 Bed||2 Beds||3 Beds|
|Dec / 2018||$1,203||$1,089||$1,074||$1,228|
|Jan / 2018||$1,203||$1,089||$1,074||$1,228|
|Sept / 2017||$1,149||$1,033||$984||$1,186|
|May / 2017||$1,119||$950||$1,000||$1,150|
|Jan / 2017||$1,067||$940||$961||$1,083|
|Sept / 2016||$1,031||$1,023||$936||$1,049|
|May / 2016||$979||$886||$881||$1,004|
|Jan / 2016||$939||$927||$848||$953|
|Sept / 2015||$915||$831||$810||$940|
|May / 2015||$878||$811||$784||$896|
Average rent is projected to grow by 5% in 2018 compared to 2017.
Please note that projected rent growth is calculated at city level.
Average rent values on this page are aggregated from data from the following zip codes: 93550935519355293591
Living in Palmdale, CA
With its mountains and desert vistas, the views in Palmdale are nothing short of breathtaking. Speaking of the outdoors, locals just love the city’s extensive bike lane system. And with Palmdale's low crime rate, you'll feel plenty safe while you cycle.
Unfortunately, wildfires in the area can be a hazard, particularly during the dry summer months. Fortunately, the local and county fire services are well-trained and experienced in controlling these blazes.
Things to do in Palmdale
Being such a short drive away from LA means Palmdales residents have plenty to look forward to in the form of pro sports. You've got the iconic Lakers, of course, plus the Dodgers and the city's newly acquired NFL team, the LA Rams.
If shopping's more your thing, you're in luck. Palmdale has its own massive, one million square-foot shopping mall, Antelope Valley Mall. It boats 150 shops and over a dozen restaurants. There's even a theater, if you're in the mood for a flick.
Or you can check out the swap meet at Palmdale International Shopping Mall.
Fun for the whole family can be had at the DryTown Water Park, where you and the crew can cool down on a warm summer day. Or for something a little drier, check out Blackbird Airpark, located at Edwards Air Force Base. Here you can see actual Blackbird combat aircraft and tour the on-site museum.
Palmdale has several parks for locals to enjoy. Have fun on the playground at Anaverde Park, or kick around a soccer ball on the fields at Arnie Quinones Park. There’s also Domenic Massari Park and Marie Kerr Park, both of which have their own skate parks.
For a romantic outing, consider a date night at the Palmdale Amphitheater, where you can find live music or outdoor movies, depending on the day. Or take a couples music or dance class at the Chimbole Cultural Center.
The nearby city of Lancaster has a couple of great annual festivals, the California Poppy Festival and the Antelope Valley Fair. Both feature exhibits, vendors, local food, and music. And of course, the fair also has rides and games for the young and old.
Desert pioneer history is alive and well in Palmdale, with several nearby ghost towns for you to visit. Or if you like your entertainment a little more alive, there's the Palmdale Playhouse, a thriving community theater.
Employment and Economy
The city has plenty of job diversity, but you’ll find the most opportunities in the education, aerospace, and medical fields. The two school districts mentioned above employ thousands, in addition to careers available at the many community colleges and university campuses.
The aerospace sector is heavily represented by Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Northrop Grumman, three major companies. If you work in healthcare, you may be able to find a spot at Palmdale Regional Medical Center, which employs over 800 people.
Palmdale, CA Households
- Total Number of Households31,103
Family 25,272Non-family 5,832
Children 14,922No Children 16,182
- Average People Per Household3.35
- Median Household Income$47,468
- Median Housing Costs Per Month$1,272
Education in Palmdale
Palmdale is part of several school districts and has more schools than almost anywhere else in the country. The Palmdale school district has almost 30 elementary schools, while the Antelope Valley Union High School district provides 12 secondary schools.
In addition to the many universities and colleges located in nearby LA, Palmdale itself is home to campuses for California State University and Chapman University. The Palmdale Institute of Technology, run by NASA, also offers advanced courses in aerospace engineering and science.
Palmdale, CA Education Statistics
- No High School10%
- Some High School39%
- Some College29%
- Associate Degree7%
- Bachelor Degree10%
- Graduate Degree5%
Tips for Renting in Palmdale
The state of California provides some excellent benefits to tenants.
For example, if your landlord fails to make vital repairs, you have a host of options. You can withhold rent, sue, notify state inspectors, or even move out without notice.
You could also do the repairs yourself and deduct the cost from your rent. However, you're restricted to a maximum deduction equal to a single month’s rent, and you can only exercise this option once every 12 months.
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