City of Palmdale
Aerospace Capital of America
|• Mayor||James C. Ledford Jr.|
|• Mayor Pro Tem||Steve Knight|
|• City Manager||Steve Williams|
|• City||104.59 sq mi (272.2 km2)|
|• Land||104.59 sq mi (271.8 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.4 km2) 0.13%|
|Elevation||2,657 ft (810 m)|
|• Density||1,111.6/sq mi (429.2/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-8 (PST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-7 (PDT)|
93536, 93543, 93550-93553, 93590-93592
|GNIS feature ID||1652769|
|Website||Official City of Palmdale Web Site|
Palmdale is the largest city in the desert area of California. It is a suburb of Los Angeles. It has a population of 147,897 and is the 6th largest city in Los Angeles County. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, currently the 25th fastest. It has a population of 589,043 if you include the suburbs around it.
Even though Palmdale is in Los Angeles County, it is not connected to the larger Los Angeles population area. It is separated from it by a mountain range called the San Gabriel Mountains that are over 40 miles wide and almost 2 miles high overall.
Palmdale is the largest city in the United States without a hospital.
History[change | change source]
In 1886, when land in the Antelope Valley sold for 50 cents an acre, a group of 50 Swiss and German families migrated from the Midwest and settled in what is now known as Palmdale. They named their new community “Palmenthal” because they had mistaken the native Joshua trees for palm trees.
The high desert community of Palmdale has rich agricultural roots and a unique aviation history.
The City of Palmdale celebrated its 50th anniversary of incorporation on Aug. 24, 2012. It has consistently been one of the fastest-growing cities in California and in the country. Since 1980, Palmdale’s population has soared from 12,277 to 158,605. Despite its growth, Palmdale continues to cherish the small-town values of a family-oriented community while enjoying all of the conveniences of its booming retail and commercial sectors.
In 1772 Captain Pedro Fages, a Spanish soldier in pursuit of deserting sailors, crossed the southern part of the Antelope Valley into Leona Valley.
After the Shoshone Indians left the valley, immigrants from Spain and Mexico established large cattle ranches there.
African Americans moved to Palmdale due to the gentrification of Compton and South Los Angeles.
Sister cities[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- "City Council". Retrieved 2007-01-17.
Other websites[change | change source]
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