Community Profile: La Quinta

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La Quinta - Mother and Child Sculpture

The city of La Quinta lies at the foot of the Santa Rosa Mountains, located southeast of Indio in the Coachella Valley. The city has established itself as a popular resort city, dating back to the opening of La Quinta Resort and Club in 1926. The city was later named after the resort when it was incorporated in 1982. Today, the city is home to numerous golf courses, resorts and just under 40,000 residents. The median income is $71,338, well above the Coachella Valley average. 

Compared to other places and cities in the Coachella Valley, La Quinta has a relatively high homeownership rate (70%) and low rent burden rate (43%). The city also has relatively fewer immigrants (15% of the total population) and limited-English speaking households (3%).

To the right, a sculpture of a Cahuilla mother and child by artist Marie Barbera, erected in La Quinta in 2014. 

Explore the visualizations below to learn more about demography, housing, health and social connectedness in the city of La Quinta and how the city compares to the state, county and other places in the Coachella Valley. 


La Quinta is the sixth largest city in the Coachella Valley with a population of 39,801. The city stretches across 36 square miles.  

The average household size in the city of La Quinta is 2.61 people, and 28%of the total 15,232 households in the city are made up of non-family households (individuals living alone or with non-relatives) - 10% less than the Coachella Valley average. 

Age Distribution

The city of La Quinta has a median age of 46 years old, relatively older compared to the state median age (36 years old) and national median age (38 years old).

39% of the city is above the age of 55, slightly higher than the Coachella Valley average. 

Race & Ethnicity

White residents in La Quinta make up the largest portion of the population (59%), followed by Latino residents (34%).


15% of the population in La Quinta are immigrants, which is below average for the Coachella Valley and the state of California. Select a community to the right of the chart to see how the size of its immigrant population compares to the city of La Quinta.

54% of the city of Coachella's immigrants are citizens, compared to 35% of immigrants across the Coachella Valley. 


La Quinta has over 200 acres of parks and bike trials, equaling more than 5 acres per 1,000 residents. Studies show that access to parks can lead to lower rates of chronic diseases like childhood obesity by providing children with spaces to exercise and play. The presence of parks and green space also improves air quality, which has been shown to impact rates of asthma and cardiovascular disease. Learn more about these health indicators in La Quinta below. 

Childhood Obesity

Each year, local educational agencies administer the "Fitnessgram" Physical Fitness Test to 5th, 7th and 9th grade students who are evaluated on their body composition and physical fitness abilities. Students who are found to be outside of the "Healthy Fitness Zone" in the measure of Body Mass Index (BMI) are considered to have a body composition that is not sufficient for good health. 

In 2017, 33% of students in La Quinta were not in the Healthy Fitness Zone for body composition, down from 42% in 2011. The Coachella Valley average saw a similar drop, decreasing from 47% in 2011 to 35% in 2017. 

Asthma & Cardiovascular Disease*

Between 2011 and 2013, La Quinta experienced approximately 30 asthma-related Emergency Room visits per 10,000 people, 12 less visits than the Coachella Valley average

During the same time period, there were 7 cardiovascular-related Emergency Room visits per 10,000 people in La Quinta compared to the Coachella Valley average of 8 visits.  

Housing & Real Estate

Housing Units

There are 24,239 housing units in the city of La Quinta, making up 10% of the total housing units in the Coachella Valley. 

La Quinta Cove

Median Rent Price

Median gross rent in La Quinta is $1,381 as of 2016 estimates, $300 above the average for the Coachella Valley. 

Rent Burden

43% of renters in La Quinta were considered rent burdened as of 2016 5-year estimates, meaning that they pay more than 30% of their incomes on rent and utilities. This is below the average rates in the Coachella Valley, California and the country. Select a community to the right of the graph to see how rent burden rates compare to the city of La Quinta.


Overcrowded Households

3% of households in La Quinta have more than one person per one room of their housing unit, below average for the Coachella Valley's overcrowding rate of 7%. 

Housing Stability

87% of households in La Quinta are living in the same housing unit as they were one year ago, on par with the Coachella Valley's housing stability rate of 86%. 


Homeownership rates have slightly decreased in La Quinta over recent groups of 5-year estimates; however, 70% of households are homeowners. This is 16% above the average for the state of California, and above the national and Coachella Valley averages. 

Select a community to the right of the graph to see how home-ownership rates compare to the city of La Quinta.


Social Connectedness

Linguistic Isolation

3% of the households in La Quinta are limited-English speaking households or “linguistically isolated”, where no one over the age of 14 reports speaking English "very well." This is relatively low compared to the Coachella Valley average, where 11% of households are linguistically isolated. 


Healthcare Institutions

There are 104 healthcare institutions in the city of La Quinta, a relatively high number compared to the number of institutions in other cities and places such as Mecca (1), Oasis (4) and Desert Edge (1) . Select a community to the right of the map, or hover over the map to see how the number of healthcare institutions vary by community.

Financial Institutions

The city of La Quinta has a relatively high number of financial institutions for the Coachella Valley. There are 9 financial institutions in La Quinta, compared to 2 in the City of Coachella and 0 in Thermal. Select a community to the right of the map, or hover over the map to see how the number of financial institutions vary by community.


Sources Notes: All data in this community profile come from the 2016 5-year estimates of the American Community Survey with the following exceptions: healthcare and financial institutions (2018 Reference USA Business Database), childhood obesity (California Department of Education, 2011 & 2017), asthma and cardiovascular disease (CalEnviroScreen 3.0). 

*The CalEnviroScreen 3.0 does not provide health data at the city level. The information on cardiovascular disease and asthma in the city of La Quinta is an average of the census tracts containing the city. 

Cover Photo Credit: Noe Montes

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