Indio : California

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What it's Like to Retire in Indio

Indio is a city of just less than 90,000 people in the Sonoran Desert of California, just east of Palm Springs in the Coachella Valley. It grew more than 70% from 2000 to 2009. The town got its start as a halfway point for the railroad in the desert. It has a fairly youthful population for this area of about an average 27 years of age.  The area is also popular with retirees because of its warm winters and plentiful recreation like golf and hiking.  It has the nickname City of Festivals because of its many festivals. Photo courtesy of indio.org.
 

Where to Retire in Indio and Home Prices

There are many active adult communities in the area (see link at right). Many homes are near golf courses or in other types of planned developments. The median home sold for about $271,500 in mid-2016, according to Zillow.

 

What is special about Indio

Indio is known for its festivals including the annual Date Festival as well as the Tamales Festival. The Art in Pubic Places Program The Art in Public Places Program provides for the integration of artworks throughout the City in public and private development to enrich the social environment. Indio’s Municipal Golf Course offers one of the longest par 3 courses in the country ranging from 120 to 240 yards. The Coachella Valley History Museum.
 

What is not special about Indio

Summers are amazingly hot. Property taxes are surprisingly high, averaging about $2900. Unemployment is high as well, at about 15-16%.
 

Who will like retirement in Indio

A lot of the people who live in Indio work in other towns, and are not retired. About 85% of the population is Hispanic or Mexican-American. Many of the retirees come from the midwest and other parts of California.
 

Local economy is driven by

Formerly agricultural (dates), retirement is a big industry. Construction was important but is in slowdown. There are several nationally known corporations with significant operations in Indio.
 

Climate and Physical Environment

Summers are very hot with average temps in the 100's.  Winters are warm. The average January low is in the 40's. The San Andreas Fault runs through the region, giving it a risk for earthquakes. Interestingly, it is the Fault that helped capture the ground water that made Indio an agricultural region.  Indio is about 2 hours east of Los Angeles by car.
 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Some of Indio's major festivals include National Date Festival and the Indio International Tamale Festival. There is also the Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival. There is also the Coachella Vally Museum of History. Nearby Palm Springs has a very active cultural schedule, as well as a broad array of excellent restaurants.
 

Crime

Crime here in Indio is about 25% above the national average.
 

Medical facilities

John F. Kennedy Hospital serves Indio, but there are many others to choose from in the Valley. The area's concentration of seniors guarantees a plentiful supply of specialists for every malady.
 

Transportation

Palm Springs has a very nice airport with good connections.  Interstate 10 runs through Indio.
 

Valuable Links

City of Indio
Indio Chamber of Commerce

 

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Facts about INDIO
  • State: CA
  • Environment: Suburban,Desert,Golf Community,
  • City Population: 50,001-100,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 4001-6000
  • Total Crime Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
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