The golf course in Rancho Mirage. Editorial credit: Isogood_patrick /

Rancho Mirage, California

Rancho Mirage, California, United States, is a city with a total area of 64 square km, of which 63 square km is land and 1 square km is water. It has an arid climate and the warmest winters in the western United States. Known as the “Home of the Presidents,” Rancho Mirage got its claim to fame after World War II as a celebrity playground when celebrities like Frank Sinatra and several presidents came to play golf and relax. 

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Aerial view of Rancho Mirage.

Population Of Rancho Mirage 

As of 2019, the population in Rancho Mirage recorded 18,200 people. 92% of the population in Rancho Mirage were citizens of the United States. 14.3% of the residents were born outside of the country. The most common birthplace of residents of California who were born outside the country is Mexico, followed by the Philippines and China.

In 2019, the majority of the residents of Rancho Mirage were non-Hispanic White, as they were 10.7 times more than any other race or ethnicity. The five largest ethnic groups in Rancho Mirage are non-Hispanic White (81.2%), Hispanic White (7.6%), followed by Asian (4.5%), Black or African American (2.36%), and Hispanic Other ethnicities at 1.5%.

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The golf course in Rancho Mirage.

Economy Of Rancho Mirage 

The economy of Rancho Mirage was earlier based on seasonal golfing, resort-based, and low-paying rentals but has now expanded to include light industry and commerce. The median household income in the city is $78,682. The income inequality in California, measured using the Gini Index, is 0.499, which is higher than the national average. In Ranch Mirage, males have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females.

The economy in Rancho Mirage employs more than 5,800 people. The largest industries are Health Care & Social Assistance, Educational Services, and Scientific & Technical Services. The highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($117,944), followed by Manufacturing ($92,917) and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing, giving $82,045. The most common racial group living below the poverty line is White, followed by Hispanic.

Tourist Attractions In Ranch Mirage

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Sunnylands center and garden in Rancho Mirage, Desert environment park. Editorial credit: bonandbon /

Vacationers visit Ranch Mirage all year round as it offers many leisure activities for everyone. Families usually visit The Children’s Discovery Museum when visiting Ranch Mirage. The museum was designed to promote the intellectual curiosity and self-expression of the children through its interactive exhibits and programs.

Many famous figures, including political leaders like President Obama, visited Sunnylands for work and pleasure. Its stunning landscape, gardens, and walking paths are home to dozens of plant species, and its nine-hole golf course is played by the famous from all around the world.

Visitors also enjoy concerts and art festivals Rancho Mirage Amphitheater hosts and also visit the Rancho Mirage Observatory, which is the first of its kind in the Coachella Valley. 

History Of Rancho Mirage

Saint Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church of the Desert in Rancho Mirage.

Native Americans settled in the Rancho Mirage region around 2000 years ago, and the local tribe Agua Caliente Indian, tribe of Cahuilla Indians, stayed in the Rancho Mirage.

The first modern settlements in Rancho Mirage date back to the 1920s and 1930s. Philanthropists Leonore and Walter Annenberg owned The Annenberg Estate, or what is known now as Sunnylands. They had been popular with the powerful and wealthy, including Frank Sinatra, Queen Elizabeth II, Bob Hope, and Mary Martin. 

Several United States presidents have vacationed at the Annenberg Estate, including Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, and Gerald Ford who bought a house in Rancho Mirage and lived there at the time of his death in 2006. 

The city’s first resort was the Thunderbird Guest Ranch and was opened in 1946 for business clientele and entertainers. In 2008, the tribal board finished the expansion of Agua Caliente resort and remodeled the Agua Caliente Casino, which is run by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians of Palm Spring. Although the Agua Caliente Resort and Casino are just outside the border of Rancho Mirage in an unincorporated area, the city included the property as part of it for the tribe to have access to police and firefighting services.

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