Some folks get attracted by nature, some by stunning architecture, some by delicious food, some by rich heritage and history, some by its vibe and people, everyone has their own reasons to visit a place. One such place that comes to our mind when talking about the fulfillment of the varied interests of the people is Palmdale. Palmdale has everything- eye-rolling attractions, breathtaking natural beauty, diverse history, ambrosial food, outdoor activities, and much more. The city has everything to spellbound people. Also, it has some intriguing and interesting facts that will attract one and all. Scroll down and read further the below-shared facts that will want you to plan a trip to Palmdale soon. So, get ready to be amazed-
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Palmdale Geographic and Demographic Fast Facts
- Palmdale is a city in Southern California.
- It is situated in the center of the northern LA County and is approx 1 hour drive from Los Angeles (north).
- It is separated from Los Angeles city by San Gabriel Mountains.
- It is the thirty-third most populous city in the US state of California.
- It is the 2nd largest city in the Antelope Valley and the 5th largest city in the Mojave Desert population-wise.
- It is included in the “Top 100 Largest Cities in US”, by geographic area.
- It is a part of the twin city- Palmdale-Lancaster. Lancaster is the immediate neighbor of Palmdale.
- The city is prone to earthquakes, having situated next to the San Andreas Fault.
- The ethnic composition of Palmdale includes: White- 49.0%, Non-Hispanic White-24.5%, African American-14.8%, Native American-0.9%, Asian-4.3%, Pacific Islander-0.2%, from other races-25.4%, and two or more races-5.4%.
Palmdale History Fast Facts
- Before Palmdale was established, the area was occupied by the Kitanemuk Indians.
- On April 20, 1886, within the limits of the area the first European Settlement was established as village called “Palmenthal”. On 17th June 1888, the village was officially established.
- Many farming families settled in Palmenthal by the 1890s to grow fruits and grains.
- By 1899, settlers moved to a new community Palmdale, which was near to the Southern Pacific railroad tracks.
- The first newspaper of Palmdale- the Palmdale Post was published in 1915. Now, it is known as the Antelope Valley Press.
- The first and foremost link between Los Angeles and Palmdale was finished in 1921 and is now known as Sierra Highway.
- The first high school in Palmdale was established in 1957- Palmdale High School.
- On August 24 1962, Palmdale was officially incorporated as a city. It was the first community in Antelope Valley to be formed into a city.
- State Highway 14 or the Antelope Valley Freeway-a link between Los Angeles and Palmdale was completed in 1964.
- In 2010, the Palmdale Regional Medical Center opened.
- Until WWII, the primary industry was Agriculture. After WWII, defense and aerospace sector grew in Palmdale with the establishment of the U.S. Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale and Edwards Air Force Base in the Kern County.
Palmdale Government and Economy Fast Facts
- Palmdale follows a Council-Manager type of government
- The major industries in Palmdale include aerospace, defense and manufacturing companies.
- It is the site of flight testing, development, assembly and servicing of the Space Shuttle and several aircrafts that have been used in the U.S. The city is billed as the “Aerospace Capital of the U.S.”.
- Special tax breaks are granted to companies relocating to Palmdale because the city comes under the Palmdale Federal Foreign Trade Zone and the Antelope Valley Enterprise Zone.
Palmdale Important and Interesting Fast Facts
- The motto of Palmdale is “A Place to Call Home”.
- Nicknamed as the “Aerospace Capital of United States”.
- The city has got "League of California Cities Helen Putnam Awards of Excellence" in 9 categories, including one Grand Prize and one Award for Excellence.
- Since last 25 years, Palmdale is constantly ranked in the list of “United States Top 25 Fastest Growing Cities”.
- It boasts high quality of life and is referred as a “family-oriented community”
- “Antelope Valley Press” is the daily newspaper in Palmdale.