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Overview of Palmdale

The city of Palmdale has good reason to celebrate. In addition to celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012, the relatively young city was also recently hailed as one of the fastest-growing cities in California and America by the U.S. Census Bureau. In accordance with the city's slogan, "A place to call home," Palmdale is home to many families and Californians who prefer the feel of a tight-knit community just 60 miles from buzzing downtown Los Angeles.

Families looking for apartments for rent in Palmdale will join a community of more than 152,000 residents - 37 percent of which are under the age of 20. The DryTown Water Park, family-friendly outdoor activities and plenty of after-school entertainment make Palmdale the place to be for Californian parents and children alike.

Living in Palmdale, CA

Palmdale - part of the greater Antelope Valley and located within Los Angeles County - is close to plenty of natural wonders: the Mojave Desert, San Joaquin Valley, the Tehachapi Mountains and San Gabriel Mountains. Although Native American tribes still occupy areas within the nearby desert, Palmdale was first inhibited by the Kitanemuk tribe and frequented by the Yokuts, Chumash and Shoshone tribes.

Palmdale got its earliest start in 1886, thanks to it being the crossroads of the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks and Fort Tejon Road, no called Barrel Springs Road. As families moved west to find fortune and new lives, the first settlers came to the area. However, the settlers mistook native Joshua trees for palm trees, having never seen either in the Midwest, and named the city Palmenthal, meaning "Palms Valley" in German. Years later in 1962, the now-renamed Palmdale township became an official city.

Palmdale Work and Study

The city of Palmdale has a rich stake in America's aerospace industry as the home to Air Force Plant 42, Lockheed martin Aeronautics, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, BAE Systems and AERO Institute. Nearby Edwards Air Force Base in Edwards, CA, is the largest employer of Palmdale residents, giving more than 12,000 locals jobs. Other top employers include Los Angeles County, Lockheed Martin, Palmdale School District, Antelope Valley Hospital and Northrop Grumman.

Although there are plenty of collegiate options close to Palmdale, the area is also home to Westside School District and Palmdale Elementary School District, the latter being the fourth-largest elementary school district in the state and the largest in Los Angeles County.

People looking for apartments in Palmdale and hoping to continue their education in local aeronautical programs may also take courses at the nearby AERO Institute and Palmdale Aerospace Academy.

Rentals in Palmdale, CA, and Cost of Living

Palmdale is truly a town for families, and city data reports that more than 82 percent of households are occupied by families, most of which have children under the age of 18. The average resident's age is 29 years old, which is almost 16 years younger than the average age of California residents.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average apartment or rental property in 2009 was $1,105, though family properties with multiple bedrooms may be more and include amenities such as family-friendly swimming pools and outdoor recreational areas.

Palmdale Attractions and Special Events

One of the greatest natural attractions in Palmdale is the beautiful weather - more than 360 days of sunshine every year - making outdoor concerts, seasonal festivals and local recreation facilities the place to go for family members of all ages.

Looking for something a bit more educational? Palmdale, known to many as the aerospace capital of the world, is a haven for knowledge-seeking residents. Airshows, the Aerospace Exploration Gallery, Blackbird Airpark and the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark offer some out-of-this-world history for residents and visitors alike.

To find a Palmdale apartment or rental, check out our apartment listings. Rent.com® is happy to help you find your next home.

The Arches at Regional Center West - Palmdale, CA 93551
33

Palmdale, CA 93551

$1260 - $1535

2-3 Beds 2 Baths

Palmdale, CA (Desert View Highlands, Palmdale Central City)


$1260 - $1535

144 Units 2-3 Beds 2 Baths

Chaparral Apartments - Palmdale, CA 93551
48
(15)

Palmdale, CA 93551

$858 - $1526

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Palmdale, CA (Desert View Highlands, Palmdale Central City)

(15)

$858 - $1526

296 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Ridgeview Village Apartments - Palmdale, CA 93550
12

Palmdale, CA 93550

$795 - $995

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Palmdale, CA (Palmdale Central City)


$795 - $995

224 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Fountains At Palmdale - Palmdale, CA 93550
80

Palmdale, CA 93550

$730 - $1160

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Palmdale, CA (Palmdale Central City)


$730 - $1160

336 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Villa Sierra - Palmdale, CA 93550
23

Palmdale, CA 93550

$795 - $950

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Palmdale, CA (Palmdale Central City)


$795 - $950

108 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

The Townhomes at Lost Canyon - Santa Clarita, CA 91387
35

Santa Clarita, CA 91387

$2365 - $3615

3 Beds 2 Baths

Santa Clarita, CA (Robinson Ranch, Sand Canyon)


$2365 - $3615

157 Units 3 Beds 2 Baths

Canyon Terrace Apartments - Santa Clarita, CA 91350
17
(327)

Santa Clarita, CA 91350

$1265 - $3768

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Santa Clarita, CA (Santa Clarita, Saugus)

(327)

$1265 - $3768

130 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Avalon Glendale - Glendale, CA 91202
38
(239)

Glendale, CA 91202

$2170 - $3650

1-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Glendale, CA (Glenwood, Hillside)

(239)

$2170 - $3650

223 Units 1-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Avalon Burbank - Burbank, CA 91502
31

Burbank, CA 91502

$2115 - $3170

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Burbank, CA (Downtown Burbank, Hillside)


$2115 - $3170

400 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Avalon Pasadena - Pasadena, CA 91101
17

Pasadena, CA 91101

$1987 - $2859

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Pasadena, CA (Downtown)


$1987 - $2859

120 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

West Park Villas - Lancaster, CA 93534
35

Lancaster, CA 93534

$1024 - $1342

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Lancaster, CA (West Lancaster)


$1024 - $1342

272 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Summit At Stevenson Ranch - Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381
11

Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381

$1507 - $2323

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Stevenson Ranch, CA (Newhall)


$1507 - $2323

510 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Park West Village - Lancaster, CA 93536
47

Lancaster, CA 93536

$1149 - $1328

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Lancaster, CA (West Lancaster)


$1149 - $1328

188 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

IMT Valencia - Valencia, CA 91355
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(10)

Valencia, CA 91355

$1665 - $2920

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Valencia, CA (North Valencia, Santa Clarita)

(10)

$1665 - $2920

208 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Town Center Apartments - Valencia, CA 91355
13

Valencia, CA 91355

$1524 - $2665

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Valencia, CA (Valencia)


$1524 - $2665

267 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Oaks Apartments - Santa Clarita, CA 91387
25

Santa Clarita, CA 91387

$1535 - $2335

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Santa Clarita, CA (Canyon Country, Friendly Valley)


$1535 - $2335

520 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Promenade at Town Center - Valencia, CA 91355
21

Valencia, CA 91355

$1605 - $2445

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Valencia, CA (Avignon, Valencia)


$1605 - $2445

564 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Northglen - Valencia, CA 91355
9

Valencia, CA 91355

$1650 - $2005

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Valencia, CA (Valencia)


$1650 - $2005

234 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Montecito - Valencia, CA 91355
9

Valencia, CA 91355

$1392 - $5006

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Valencia, CA (Avignon, Valencia)


$1392 - $5006

210 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

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