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Community Profile: Indian Wells

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Resort in Indian Wells
Resort in Indian Wells

Indian Wells lies between Palm Desert and La Quinta. It became an incorporated city in the Coachella Valley in 1967. Native Americans first settled the area that is now the City of Indian Wells around a hand-built well. As early as 1823 the name “Indian Wells” was written in the diaries of the explorer Jose Romero. When gold was discovered in the Colorado River, a trail from Los Angeles through the desert made Indian Wells an important stop along the route. After the Indian Wells Hotel was built in 1957, the area soon became a thriving golf destination.

Today, Indian Wells is home to five world-class resorts and the Indian Wells Golf Resort. Several worldwide sports competitions are held here annually including the BNP Paribas Open tennis championship and the Indian Wells La Quinta IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon, both held at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The city is also home to the popular Indian Wells Arts Festival and Dr. George Car Show which draw attendees from all around Southern California.

Run course of a sports event in Indian Wells.
Run course of a sports event in Indian Wells.

As of 2017 estimates, Indian Wells is home to 5,267 people with a median income of $103,516. Compared to the greater Coachella Valley, Indian Wells has a relatively older population with a median age of 68 years old, high rates of education with 58% of residents having graduated college, and very low uninsured rates (2%).

Explore the visualizations below to learn more about demography, education, housing and social connectedness in Indian Wells and how the city compares to the state, county and other places in the Coachella Valley.

Indian Wells has a population of 5,267. The average household size is 1.9 people, slightly smaller than the average household size in Coachella Valley of 2.6.

In the city, 31% of households are either people living alone or with non-relatives, which are considered non-family households. This is slightly lower than the Coachella Valley average of 39%.

 

Race & Ethnicity

Indian Wells has a demographic make-up quite different from the rest of the Coachella Valley. The Hispanic population is just approximately 4%, compared to the Coachella Valley average of nearly 52%. Furthermore, the White population, 90%, is over twice as large as the Coachella Valley average of nearly 41%.

Immigration

Nearly 11% of Indian Wells' population are immigrants. This is less than half the immigrant population of the Coachella Valley (25%) and California (27%).

Nearly 49% of those immigrants are citizens which is 12 percentage points higher than average for the Coachella Valley (37%).

Select a community to the right of the chart to see how immigrant population compares to Indian Wells. 

Age Distribution

The median age in Indian Wells is nearly 68 years old, almost twice as old as the average age in Riverside County (35), and the United States (38).

The population in Indian Wells is generally older than the average in the Coachella Valley. 61% of the population is 65 and older, meanwhile this age group makes up just under 22% of the population for the greater Coachella Valley.

Education & Insurance

Graduation Rates

College graduation rates are high in Indian Wells compared to the rest of the Coachella Valley. 58% of Indian Wells residents have a college degree, which is more than twice as high as the Coachella Valley average of 24%.

Furthermore, most people in Indian Wells have at least a high school diploma. Only 4% of people in Indian Wells have less than a high school diploma. This is 5 times lower than the Coachella Valley average of 20% of people having less than a high school diploma.

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Health Insurance

The uninsured population rate is higher in the Coachella Valley at nearly 15%, than in CA and the US, which are both 11%. However, the uninsured population in Indian Wells is very low, 1/5 the rate of the CA average at 2%.

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Employment

Median Income

The median household income in Indian Wells is $103,516Almost twice as high as the median household income in the Coachella Valley of $55,402. 

Labor Force Participation Rate

The labor force participation rate in Indian Wells is relatively low compared to the rest of the Coachella Valley. In Indian Wells, the labor force participation rate is nearly 35% compared with 63% in the Coachella Valley.

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Housing/Real Estate

Household Overcrowding

Household overcrowding is defined as having more than one person per room in a household. In Indian Wells, the percent of households who are overcrowded is very low, at 0.3%, compared to the Coachella Valley average of 6%.

Median Gross Rent

Median gross rent in Indian Wells is low when compared to the Coachella Valley average. At $857 per month, it is $250 lower per month than the Coachella Valley average of $1,007.

Rent Burdened Population

Given the low rent and high income, it is surprising that the percent of the rent-burdened population in Indian Wells is higher than average. Rent burden is defined as spending more than one-third of your monthly income on rent and utilities. In Indian Wells, 76% of the population is rent-burdened compared with 55% in the Coachella Valley.

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Homeownership

The homeownership rate in Indian Wells is high compared to the rest of the Coachella Valley. In 2017 at 85% of Indian Wells residents were homeowners, this homeownership rate was 20 percentage points higher than the Coachella Valley average of 65%.

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Social Connectedness & Transit

Linguistic Isolation

The percentage of non-English speaking households in Indian Wells, 2%, is far lower than the Coachella Valley average of 13%

Transit Ridership

Transit ridership in Indian Wells is uniquely high for the Coachella Valley and has grown over the last few years. In 2017, transit ridership reached just over 4%, compared with just 2% in the Coachella  Valley. However, that rate is still lower than the California and U.S. averages which are both just over 5%.

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Source Notes: All data in this community profile come from either the 2017 5-year estimates of the American Community Survey or the 2016 5-year estimates of the American Community Survey.  

Photo Credits: City of Indian Wells, Planning Division

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