Palos Verdes

City Summary

Palos Verdes is an elevated oasis of scoping ocean views with a small-town feel. In accordance with this neighborliness, local events are held frequently. In summer, Shakespeare by the Sea is held at the Terranea Resort, the Lunada Bay Homeowners Association hosts concerts in the park, and the library screens Summer Classics at Noon, amongst many other events. Palos Verdes is immensely proud of its history, and preserves it as best it can. Residents can educate themselves on the town history by visiting the Local History Center, as well as many landmarks, such as the historic, functioning Malaga Cove Market. Locals can visit one of three public libraries: the Peninsula Library, the Malaga Cove Library, and the Miraleste Library. For a more outdoorsy experience, the Abalone Cove Shoreline Park is home to tidepools, and the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve is home to 30 miles of trails. Family-run restaurants and markets provide for a variety of gourmet food options, such as Mama Terrano, the Cove Cafe, and the Lunada Market & Deli. While PV is physically elevated from the remainder of the South Bay, Redondo Beach’s Riviera Village and the beach it borders are a mere ten minute drive from central Palos Verdes. This proximity allows the town to feel integrated into and still very much a part of the South Bay.


On the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the average daily temperature is 61 degrees Fahrenheit. Winters are moderate; January and December are the coldest months of the year, and, even then, temperatures rarely dip below 45 degrees. Summers are temperate due to ocean breezes and high elevation, reaching their peak in August at 77 degrees. Precipitation, too, is relatively minimal: January and February, the rainiest months of the year, experience rainfall five days a month.


The entire Palos Verdes Peninsula has a population of 66,198 and spans 13.5 square miles, resulting in a ratio of 4,904 people per square mile. The Peninsula is comprised of four cities and towns. Rancho Palos Verdes is the largest of these, having a population of 42,470. Palos Verdes Estates is the second largest, but has less than a third as many residents, with a population of 13,598. Then Rolling Hills Estates, with a population of 8,241. Last, the gated community of Rolling Hills is home to 1,889 residents. 

Median HH Income


The Palos Verdes Peninsula has the second highest median household income of the South Bay cities: $124,384 per year. Many Palos Verdes residents commit to a commute off of the hill for work, choosing to drive an hour to Downtown LA, or less, to another South Bay city.

Number of HH


There are 29,537 households in Palos Verdes, with an average of 2.2 residents per household. Couples can find nightlife at the Terranea Resort, an ocean-front resort complete with a private beach and various restaurants. One such restaurant is Nelson’s, where visitors can roast s’mores in the winter and listen to free concerts in the summer. Families with children can enjoy frequent community events, such as community theater at the Norris, free summer concerts and movie showings, and nature hikes.