Just 100 miles east of Los Angeles, Rancho Mirage spreads its verdant carpet across the desert floor between the Santa Rosa Mountains to the south and the snow-capped San Jacinto range on the west.

The City’s year-round population is 17,430 and our land area encompasses 25 square miles while eight of those square miles are the Santa Rosa Mountains, which form the perfect backdrop to this low desert oasis.

The City of Rancho Mirage is a low-density, low-rise, high-quality resort community located in the heart of the beautiful Palm Springs Valley. Incorporated in 1973, the high quality image of the residential neighborhoods was evident from the beginning. The first two country clubs in Rancho Mirage were Thunderbird and Tamarisk. Today, the City hosts nine country clubs.

U.S. Presidents, corporate executives and Hollywood celebrities have designated this enclave the preferred luxury destination located in the heart of the Palm Springs Valley.

Some of America’s finest golf courses, most exclusive residential communities and international events such as the annual Kraft Nabisco Championship are found here. Many famous people have made Rancho Mirage their home including President Ford upon his retirement from the U.S. Presidency.

Sunnylands, where President Xi and President Obama met in 2013 for a summit, is located in Rancho Mirage. Home to the Valley’s premium resorts, Rancho Mirage lodging properties recently invested over $900 million in renovations and reconstructions.

Rancho Mirage is also the proud home to The Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert, The Tolerance Education Center, The Weil Institute of Critical Care Medicine, Eisenhower Medical Center (honored as one of the 100 best hospitals in the country) and the renowned Betty Ford Center.

The Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa is a favored destination for successful Hollywood business leaders and their families.

The Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa is the Valley’s only regional skyscraper property with 24-hour gaming and headliner personalities featured at THE SHOW.

The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, with its spectacular views of the snow-capped San Jacinto Mountains and superb golf courses is adjacent to the Mission Hills Country Club, is home to the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage will open in early 2014 after undergoing a major $500 million renovation. Located on a spectacular bluff overlooking the Palm Springs Valley, The Ritz will be the only Five-Star lodging property in the region.

The Hilton Garden Inn and the Holiday Inn Express located adjacent to The River – Rancho Mirage’s dining and entertainment destination – offer value and yet immediate access to all that the City has to offer.

Rancho Mirage promises the seasoned traveler and the discriminating resident the perfect combination of luxury, value and access to some of North America’s finest golf, spa and dining opportunities right in the Heart of the Palm Springs Valley.

Rancho Mirage is a special community. Once you visit, you won’t want to leave.

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White background with blue border; centered seal with blue writing “City of Rancho Mirage” along top, a bighorn in center, with “California, Realm of the Desert Bighorn” written beneath.

bighorn City Mammal

Desert Bighorn (Ovis Canadensis)

Adopted in 1975 by City Council

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Cactus Wren (Camplorhynchus brunneicapillus)
Adopted in 1975 by City Council

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Desert Sunflower (Geraea canescens)
Adopted in 1975 by City Council

Type of City

Charter Effective December 25, 1997

Form of Government


Area in Square Miles



252 feet above sea level


17,430 year-round permanent residents
+10,596 residents during the winter season

Total Dwelling Units

(including those only occupied on a seasonal basis) 14,430

Median Age


Median Household Income


Average Temperature

88° daytime; 55° night

Average Household Income

$105,60 (per capita income $53,695)

Average Rainfall

3.38 inches per year

Average Humidity



Rancho Mirage offers an abundant amount of sunshine, great climate and related resort lifestyle. Famous political leaders, corporate executives and top entertainers all call Rancho Mirage home because of its renowned quality of life.