Palmdale, California

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City of Palmdale
Flag of City of Palmdale
Flag
Motto(s): 
Aerospace Capital of America
Location of Palmdale in Los Angeles County, California
Location of Palmdale in Los Angeles County, California
Coordinates: Coordinates: 34°34′52″N 118°6′2″W / 34.58111°N 118.10056°W / 34.58111; -118.10056
CountryUnited States
StateCalifornia
CountyLos Angeles
Government
 • MayorJames C. Ledford Jr.[1]
 • Mayor Pro TemSteve Knight[1]
 • City ManagerSteve Williams[1]
Area
 • City104.59 sq mi (272.2 km2)
 • Land104.59 sq mi (271.8 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.4 km2)  0.13%
Elevation
2,657 ft (810 m)
Population
 (2008)
 • City147,897
 • Density1,111.6/sq mi (429.2/km2)
 • Metro
462,272
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
93536, 93543, 93550-93553, 93590-93592
Area code(s)661
FIPS code06-55156
GNIS feature ID1652769
WebsiteOfficial 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 home of several airplanes used by NASA and the Air Force, giving it the nickname of "the aerospace capital of America."

Palmdale is the largest city in the United States without a hospital.

Palmdale Airport will have one airline called United Airlines that flies to San Francisco, California everyday starting in June 2007.

The city's demographics is primarily Mexican and white.

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.

Sister cities[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "City Council". Retrieved 2007-01-17.

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