|James Purtee||City Manager||661/267-5100|
|Kari Blackburn||Interim Economic Development Manager||661/267-5125|
At Work, At Home, At Play
For more than 50 years, Palmdale has been on the leading edge of America’s newest technologies, with major breakthroughs in aerospace, materials science, energy and the environment.
Today, Palmdale is a thriving community of nearly 2,000 businesses that encompass not only world-class engineering and state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, but remarkable new medical facilities, a strong service sector and a robust retail marketplace.
America’s aerospace industry has relied on Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale and the city’s skilled workers to arrive at ingenious solutions to tough challenges. Each of the six space shuttles was built in Palmdale. It is home to Lockheed Martin’s famed Skunk Works®, as well as The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman, and NASA’s Armstrong Research Center. More recently, Japan’s Kinkisharyo opened a plant here to assemble light rail cars, and a new power plant is in the works.
Palmdale companies like Delta Scientific create products that keep people safe across the globe. Vision Engineering is pioneering innovative energy saving LED lighting technology that provides comprehensive solutions with minimal energy use.
With low taxes, streamlined permitting, creative incentives, modern business parks, and affordable costs, Palmdale is the ideal environment to start and grow a business. The city offers Foreign Trade Zone status; industrial development bonds; free job placement and training for employers and employees; and educational opportunities at AERO Institute which addresses the need for technically skilled workforce and STEM education at all levels.
Palmdale offers a rich lifestyle, with diverse housing from starter homes to luxurious executive estates and award winning schools. Palmdale Regional Medical Center is recognized as the area’s premier healthcare provider, specializing in cardiology, emergency medicine, rehabilitation, advanced robotics, and bariatric treatment for chronic wounds.
Planning is underway to tie California’s High Speed Rail system with Palmdale Transportation Center to provide fast and easy travel to downtown LA, the Bay Area and beyond. This regional multi-modal hub offers convenient connections to major ground transportation providers including Metrolink commuter rail, AVTA, Amtrak Thruway and Greyhound.
There’s plenty to do, from taking in a concert at Palmdale Amphitheater, cooling off at DryTown Water Park, enjoying theatre at Palmdale Playhouse or playing a game at Best of the West Softball Complex. Home to the region’s retail hub, the Antelope Valley Mall features Macy’s, Dillards, JCPenney, Sears, H&M, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Cinemark movie theatre and a host of popular restaurants including Yard House, ClaimJumper and Olive Garden.
So, set your sights a little higher. Come to Palmdale, a city ready to exceed all expectations.
“It’s really been a unique experience here. We’ve done this seven times in multiple locations, and I can honestly say that, by far, the City of Palmdale has been the most accommodating city we’ve ever worked with. We had a very short window: We closed our old facility and moved into this one over a long weekend. Everyone has really gone out of their way to help us have a successful transition.”
–John Novak, President & Paula Zidman, Vice President, Patton’s Steel & Tools
Demographics & Statistics
|Population By Origin Not Hispanic or Latino||42.47%|
|Population By Origin Hispanic||57.52%|
|Average Household Income||$72,515|
|Median Housing 93550||$141,000|
|Median Housing 93551||$247,200|
|Median Housing 93552||$161,000|
Source: Nielsen Inc.
|Mayor||James C. Ledford, Jr.|
|Mayor Pro Tem||Steven D. Hofbauer|
|Councilmembers||Mike Dispenza, Roxana Martinez, Fred Thompson|