Cathedral City, California
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|City of Cathedral City|
|Riverside County and the state of California|
|• mayor||Kathleen J. DeRosa|
|• Total||21.756 sq mi (56.349 km2)|
|• Land||21.499 sq mi (55.683 km2)|
|• Water||0.257 sq mi (0.666 km2) 1.18%|
|Elevation||328 ft (100 m)|
|• Density||2,400/sq mi (910/km2)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||1656454|
Cathedral City commonly referred to as Cat City is a city in Riverside County, California, United States. The population was 51,200 at the 2010 census. 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.
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 in population several times over during the next two decades.
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.
Cathedral City had a downtown revitalization program started in the late 1990s, with much completed by 2005. A new City Hall was built as was the IMAX/ Mary Pickford movie theater complex, and a total of 130 acres (0.53 km2) of new or remodeled stores.
Depression era nightclubs
In 1931 Al and Lou Wertheimer of the reputed Detroit "Purple Gang" opened the Dunes Club just outside of Palm Springs' city limits. This was followed in 1939 by Earl T. Sausser's 139 Club and the Cove Club in 1941, built by Jake Katelman and Frank Portnoy.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Cathedral City has a total area of 21.8 square miles (56 km2), of which, 21.5 square miles (56 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it (1.18%) is water.
Demographics and diversity
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The 2010 United States Census reported that Cathedral City had a population of 51,200. The population density was 2,353.3 people per square mile (908.6/km²). The racial makeup of Cathedral City was 32,537 (63.5%) White (32.4% Non-Hispanic White), 1,344 (2.6%) African American, 540 (1.1%) Native American, 2,562 (5.0%) Asian, 55 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 12,008 (23.5%) from other races, and 2,154 (4.2%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 30,085 persons (58.8%).
The Census reported that 50,905 people (99.4% of the population) lived in households, 263 (0.5%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 32 (0.1%) were institutionalized.
There were 17,047 households, out of which 6,574 (38.6%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 7,589 (44.5%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 2,291 (13.4%) had a female householder with no husband present, 1,176 (6.9%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 1,054 (6.2%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 779 (4.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 4,292 households (25.2%) were made up of individuals and 2,259 (13.3%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.99. There were 11,056 families (64.9% of all households); the average family size was 3.67.
The population was spread out with 13,856 people (27.1%) under the age of 18, 4,906 people (9.6%) aged 18 to 24, 12,948 people (25.3%) aged 25 to 44, 12,127 people (23.7%) aged 45 to 64, and 7,363 people (14.4%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.0 years. For every 100 females there were 105.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.2 males.
There were 20,995 housing units at an average density of 965.0 per square mile (372.6/km²), of which 10,769 (63.2%) were owner-occupied, and 6,278 (36.8%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 4.2%; the rental vacancy rate was 11.0%. 30,236 people (59.1% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 20,669 people (40.4%) lived in rental housing units.
Local cultural diversity
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The 2010 United States Census estimates placed Cathedral city's Latino percentage at over 60%. The bulk of Latinos live in the city's older, central section and in the area along Ramon Road between Cathedral Canyon Drive and Landau Boulevard and the Mid Valley Parkway, a section once known as "the Square Mile" but now commonly referred to by the city's denizens as "Little Mexico". But since then the section was nicknamed the "Diversity District" due to other immigrant and ethnic groups (i.e. Armenians, Filipinos, Salvadorans and Vietnamese as examplatory) established small shops and stores selling ethnic-themed goods.
To the city's west, along Ramon Road and San Luis Rey Drive, is an area of multi-racial low-income "Dream Homes" or called "the Circle" adjacent to the Palm Springs International Airport. Two other largely Hispanic sections of Cathedral City are "the Golden Mile" on Date Palm Drive, from Ramon Road to 30th Avenue and "el Barrio Viejo," also on Date Palm from Dinah Shore to Gerald Ford Drives. The North end or "Rimlon" a typo based on "Ramon" or "Landau" Roads is an upper-middle class and affluent housing tract, with the city's highly dense populated Minerva Road Christmas light extravaganza held every evening in December when it is nicknamed "Candy Cane Lane".
One third of Cathedral City consists of one-square-mile land parcels of the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation, which also includes much of Palm Springs. They and the nearby desert resort city are home to a large LGBT community. The renovated/gentrified downtown Cathedral City or "the (Cathedral) Cove" became a popular cultural niche for Gay and Lesbian couples with two of the valley's largest gay bars and a major private gay resort located in downtown proper. Cathedral City is also home to a large Jewish population, said to the United Jewish Citizens of the Desert based in Palm Desert.
Cathedral City's population growth and suburban sprawl was based on recent waves of immigration and minority groups purchased homes and apartments. According to the 2006 United States Census estimates, about half (50.0%) of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. But a 2006 study by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce puts the city's Latino percentage at over 60%. The largest ethnicity represented are Mexican and Mexican-American/Chicano, with additional large numbers of Colombians and Central American nationalities.
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As of the census 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 per square mile (360.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 65.3% White, about half (50%) of the population is Hispanic or Latino. 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.
According to the 2000 Census, Cathedral City had a total of 14,027 households, 39.3% of which had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% of which were married couples living together, 11.9% of which had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% of which were non-families. Approximately 23% of all households were made up of individuals with 11.0% of them consisting of single individuals 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.03 people and the average family size was roughly three and a half people (3.63), which puts Cathedral City above both the California and U.S. averages in those categories.
As reported in the most recent census, the city's population was distributed across all age groups, with 31.1% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 17.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 102.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.0 males. Cathedral City has many senior citizen communities and mobile home parks.
The median income for a household in the city was $38,887, and the median income for a family was $42,461. Men had a median income of $29,598, and the median income for women was $25,289. The per capita income for the city was $16,215. About 10.2% of families and 13.6% of the total population had incomes below the poverty line, including 16.3% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over (senior citizens, this despite the fact that many consider Cathedral City a retirement haven for snowbirds, and RV or mobile home parks are scattered throughout the city.
The city's several local golf resorts and tourism attractions provide a key element of the local economy for Cathedral City. It is the site of Lawrence Welk's Desert Oasis Hotel/resort located in the Cathedral Canyon Country Club. Other golf courses are the De Anza Palm Springs Country Club and Mobile Home Park, the Outdoor Resorts RV Golf Club Palm Springs, and the Doral Desert Princess Resort and Golf Club.
There is a large automotive mega-dealership known as the Palm Springs Auto Mall based on the city limits with Palm Springs, except the dealership lies in the Cathedral City side of State route 111 and Perez Road.
Parks and recreation
Date Palm Country Club and golf course, designed in 1967 and opened in 1971, has an 18-hole "executive style" facility designed by Ted Robinson, ASCCA. It features 3,100 yards (2,800 m) of golf from the longest tees for a par of 58. The course rating is 54.9/57.2 and it has a slope rating of 90/93. It is landscaped in Bermuda Greens and includes lakes and sand traps. The most memorable tee is the 175 yard 8th hole, which has an accurate tee shot over a lake. The Phil Harris Golf Classic was held there for many year from the 1940s to his death in 1994. Though built on part of the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation, an exclusive retirement community of manufactured homes lines the greens.
The Big League Dreams Sports Park softball complex is on the corner of Date Palm and Dinah Shore drives, made up of four softball fields designed as replicas of four major league ballparks. The Pepsi All-Star Softball Game was held there since 1998. Cathedral City Soccer Park is a new sports facility.
Parks in Cathedral City are 
- Agua Caliente Park
- Century Park
- Memorial Park
- Panorama Park
- Patriot Park
- Second Street Park
- Soccer Park
- Town Square
The current Cathedral City Mayor is Kathleen DeRosa, who was elected to her first term in 2004, second in 2006, third in 2008, fourth in 2010, and fifth in 2012. As of Dec. 1st, 2010 the current City Council Members are Sam Toles Greg Pettis, Bud England, and mayor pro-tem Chuck Vasquez. Non-incumbent Sam Toles took first place in the Nov. 2nd, 2010 election receiving 3,909 votes. Incumbent Chuck Vasquez was re-elected in second place with 3,533 votes, ousting the other incumbent by 365 votes. In the 2012 election, incumbent England and newcomer Stan Henry were elected to the council. In November 2008, Cathedral City voters chose Barack Obama over John McCain in the Presidential election. In the state legislature Cathedral City is located in the 40th Senate District, represented by Democrat Denise Moreno Ducheny, and in the 80th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Manuel Perez. Federally, Cathedral City is located in California's 36th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +3 and is represented by Democrat Raul Ruiz.
Cathedral City High School, opened in 1991, is a major educational and recreational center to the city. The varsity football, basketball and soccer teams had earned CIF-southern California championship runs in the late 1990s and 2000s. Cathedral City is also home to Mayfield College, a private college that offers career training in health care, HVAC, technology, and business.
The city was the teenage home of actress Suzanne Somers (she still maintains a second home in nearby Palm Desert), and a winter residence for actors Robert Duvall and Martin Landau in the 1960s, and TV show host Monty Hall in the 1990s. Timothy Ray Bradley, Jr, the current WBO welterweight champion, is also from Cathedral City and graduated from Cathedral City High School. Frank Sinatra's grave is located in Desert Memorial Park cemetery, as are several other prominent figures.
- U.S. Census
- Moruzzi, Peter (2009). Palm Springs Holiday. Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith. pp. 39–42. ISBN 978-1-4236-0476-1.
- Artist Carlo Wahlbeck, resident of Palm Springs, is the owner of 29 wood panels that used to hang in the now-demolished 139 Club. The panels were autographed and doodled on in the 1930's and early 1940s by the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Betty Grable, Jack Benny, Cole Porter, Fanny Brice, Gracie Allen, George Burns, Rosalind Russell and others.
- All data are derived from the United States Census Bureau reports from the 2010 United States Census, and are accessible on-line here. The data on unmarried partnerships and same-sex married couples are from the Census report DEC_10_SF1_PCT15. All other housing and population data are from Census report DEC_10_DP_DPDP1. Both reports are viewable online or downloadable in a zip file containing a comma-delimited data file. The area data, from which densities are calculated, are available on-line here. Percentage totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The Census Bureau defines families as a household containing one or more people related to the householder by birth, opposite-sex marriage, or adoption. People living in group quarters are tabulated by the Census Bureau as neither owners nor renters. For further details, see the text files accompanying the data files containing the Census reports mentioned above.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?". Campaign Legal Center Blog. Retrieved 2008-02-10.
- Mayfield College
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