22 Facts About Palmdale


Palmdale is a city in northern Los Angeles County in the US state of California.

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Palmdale's population was 169,450 at the 2020 census, up from 152,750 at the 2010 census.

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In 1924, the Little Rock Dam and the Harold Reservoir, present day Lake Palmdale, were constructed to assist the agricultural industry and have enough water to serve the growing communities.

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In 1977, Palmdale built its first municipal building, the Palmdale City Library.

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Palmdale is located in Los Angeles County, and the urbanized centers of Palmdale and Los Angeles are separated by the San Gabriel mountain range, which is about 40 miles wide.

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Palmdale is the second-most populous city in the Antelope Valley, and fifth overall in the Mojave Desert, after Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Nevada; and Lancaster.

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Palmdale is part of a twin-city complex with its northern neighbor Lancaster and together they are the principal cities within the Antelope Valley region and California's High Desert.

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Downtown Palmdale is located at, at an elevation of 2,655 feet above sea level.

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Typical of the High Desert, Palmdale has an arid climate, and it is part of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 8b.

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Plants native to Palmdale are big berry manzanita, fremont cottonwood, California aster, White Sage, Giant wildrye, Deerbrush, California buckwheat, Black Sage, California Goldfields, Antelope Bitterbrush, Golden Yarrow, Desert Globemallow and more.

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African Americans living in Palmdale are more likely to have a lower life expectancy and shorter life.

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Special tax breaks granted for companies that relocate to Palmdale is due to the city having the Antelope Valley Enterprise Zone and the Palmdale Federal Foreign Trade Zone.

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Palmdale was selected as a stop for the California High-Speed Rail System that will link northern and southern California.

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Palmdale has the largest Sheriff's Station in Los Angeles County.

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Recently, the Partners for a Better Palmdale program was initiated by the City Council, to further engage residents, schools, community groups and law enforcement in improving community quality of life.

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Palmdale has three separate elementary school districts and one high school district:.

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The city of Palmdale formed the Palmdale Airport Authority to move forward to control the facilities and the lease with the USAF, to better develop regional air service in the High Desert.

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State Route 122 is a planned north–south freeway from eastern Palmdale, passing east of Edwards Air Force Base to SR 58 near California City.

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For example, Palmdale Boulevard is 38400, Avenue Q is 38800, Avenue P is 39600, and so on.

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Palmdale is developing a network of bike lanes and bike paths throughout its boundaries.

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Cycling in certain areas of Palmdale carries an increased risk due to higher speed limits for vehicles and due to the presence of large vehicles.

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Palmdale is a location frequently used in staging of the Tour of California.

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