Rancho Mirage is located:
120 miles southeast of Los Angeles
275 miles northwest of Phoenix
125 miles north of San Diego.
Located in the heart of the Palm Springs Valley, Rancho Mirage is nestled at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains, conveniently located to utilize the Southern California freeway system, one of the most extensive transportation networks in the world via Interstate 10.
Rancho Mirage incorporated August 3, 1973, and in 1998, celebrated its silver anniversary. For the citizens of Rancho Mirage, it has been a magical 25 years. Expansion occurred without losing the quality of life that attracted residents to the area even before incorporation.
The successful beginning of Rancho Mirage was the establishment of the Magnesia Falls area, as well as Thunderbird and Tamarisk Country Clubs in the ’40s and ’50s. From the beginning, Rancho Mirage was primarily a residential community.
Succeeding decades brought new assets and resources. In the ’60s commercial business expanded and “Restaurant Row” developed. The ’70s saw the incorporation of the City, which allowed property owners control over land use and development issues; Eisenhower Medical Center came into being; and five of the City’s country clubs were built.
Residential construction boomed throughout the ’70s and ’80s, and that period also saw the addition of the valley’s world-class destination resorts–Marriott’s Rancho Las Palmas, the Westin Mission Hills, and the Ritz-Carlton.
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.
Desert Bighorn (Ovis Canadensis)
Cactus Wren (Camplorhynchus brunneicapillus)
Desert Sunflower (Geraea canescens)
Type of City
Charter Effective December 25, 1997
Form of Government
Area in Square Miles
252 feet above sea level
17,745 year-round permanent residents
Total Dwelling Units
(including those only occupied on a seasonal basis)
Median Family Income
88° daytime; 55° night
Average Household Income
3.38 inches per year
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.
Timeline – Interactive timeline showing the rich City of Rancho Mirage History.