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Thousand Palms is a community in the Coachella Valley in Riverside County, California. Residents enjoy year-round warm weather, scenic mountain views, and affordable housing. Besides this, its proximity to multiple golf courses makes it popular for active adults.

Climate and Geography

Thousand Palms’ climate is categorized as mediterranean, and the area receives an average of five inches of rain and 274 sunny days per year. Summer temperatures can reach 108 degrees, and winter temperatures can fall as low as 45 degrees. 

Thousand Palms is located in the Coachella Valley with the San Bernardino National Forest to the south and the Joshua Tree National Park to the north.

Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment 

There are several golf courses located near Thousand Palms, including the Escena Golf Club, Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort, Cathedral Canyon Golf Club, Mission Hills Country Club, Desert Princess Country Club, and Ivey Ranch Country Club.

Additional popular outdoor destinations include the Ivey Ranch Equestrian Center, the Coachella Valley Preserve, and the Mobile Zoo of Southern California. For shopping, dining, and entertainment, Palm Springs is located 20 minutes away.

Cost of Living & Taxes

The cost of living in Thousand Palms is lower than the state average because of low grocery, health care, and housing costs. 

California does tax Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefits, but other forms of retirement income are fully taxed. The state also offers a Property Tax Postponement Program, allowing retirees to defer property tax payments.

Health Care

The Riverside-San Bernardino metro area ranks in the top 70 communities on Gallup’s Well-Being Index.

There are several hospitals rated high performing by U.S. News in the Inland Empire area. These include Eisenhower Medical Center, Desert Regional Medical Center, and John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, all of which are within 15 miles of Thousand Palms.

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