Key Industries


Millions of visitors travel to the Coachella Valley every year, making tourism the largest employer and the number one contributor to the local economy.

Industry Highlights Events
  • Generates over four billion dollars a year
  • Employs over 19,000 people
  • Estimated number of day and overnight visits – over 12 million
  • Amount of sales tax generated by tourism – approximately $486 million


Coachella Valley’s agricultural industry is the second largest contributor to the local economy. It employs approximately 12,000 people and produces nearly a billion dollars in agricultural products each year.

Industry Highlights Contributors
  • Supplies over 50% of the country’s fruits and vegetables
  • Produces 95% of dates in the United States
  • Top producing crops includes:
    • Dates
    • Bell Pepper
    • Lettuce
    • Grapes
    • Artichokes
    • Broccoli
    • Watermelon
    • Citrus
    • Carrots
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The healthcare industry is the second largest employer in the Coachella Valley. As the demand for medical services increases, the industry continues to emerge as a major contributor to the region’s economy.

Industry Highlights Major Facilities
  • Provides employment for nearly 14,000 people
  • Payroll for healthcare in the valley is estimated at almost $800 million a year
  • Medical specialties include:
    • Pulmonology
    • Cardiology
    • Gastroenterology
    • Urology
    • Orthopedics
    • Neurology

Real Estate Development

Housing, commercial and renewable power developments are on the rise in Coachella Valley, increasing the economic impact from the construction industry.

Industry Highlights Clean Tech Developments Communities in the East Valley
  • Construction employs over 6,702 people
  • Fifth highest employment for valley residents
  • Median home price in 2014 - $371,715
  • Wind Farm
  • Solar Energy

Sources: CA Employment Development Department; 2014 Coachella Economic Report; Greater Palm Springs Visitors Bureau