Cathedral City, California

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Cathedral City is a city in Riverside County, California, United States. The population is 52,432 according to the 2009 US census estimates[1]. Sandwiched between Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, it is one of the cities in the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs area) of southern California. Cathedral City is the second largest in population in the Coachella Valley, second only to Indio[2].

The town's name derives from "Cathedral Canyon" to the south of the town, so named in 1850 by Colonel Henry Washington because its rock formations were reminiscent of a cathedral. The city itself started as a housing subdivision in 1925, but was not incorporated until 1981. The city grew 4-5 times in two decades, as the 2006 population estimate is 48,000.

Locals gave it the nickname "Cat City", short for Cathedral. Others like historians claim that came from the reputation as a slinger gaming gulch in the late 19th century, and a safe haven for bars or saloons during prohibition of the 1920s.[citation needed]



Cathedral City is located at 33°48′28″N 116°27′53″W / 33.80778°N 116.46472°W / 33.80778; -116.46472 (33.807761, -116.464731).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.5 square miles (50.4 km²), of which, 19.2 square miles (49.7 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (1.44%) is water.


Although full results of the 2010 census are not yet available for this city, according to the 2009 US census estimates[4] 52,432 people resided in Cathedral City, making it larger than neighboring Palm Springs and the second largest city based on population in the entire Coachella Valley, second only to Indio. As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 42,647 people, 14,027 households, and 9,622 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,224.0 people per square mile (858.5/km²). There were 17,893 housing units at an average density of 933.1/sq mi (360.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 65.3% White, 2.7% Black or African American, 1.0% Native American, 3.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 23.1% from other races, and 4.1% from two or more races. Half (50.0%) of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. A 2006 study by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce puts the city's Latino percentage at over 60%.[citation needed]

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