Palmdale, California is a community that families looking for a high quality of life experience choose for their home. A consistent winner of the Helen Putnam Award of Excellence since 1997, Palmdale was voted in the top thirty of Most Fun US Cities in 2004. Palmdale thrives on the aerospace industry and its top three employers include Lockheed Marten, Northrop Grumman and the Antelope Valley Mall. Though the largest employers are in the field of aerospace, several large manufacturing companies have relocated to Palmdale to take advantage of affordable land prices and special tax breaks for relocating businesses to the Antelope Valley Enterprise Zone and the Palmdale Federal Foreign Trade Zone. Palmdale, California was the first city in the Antelope Valley to become a city in 1962 and is located in Los Angeles County. It is the 6th largest city in California and in the top 100 largest cities in the U.S.
With the longest commute time in the US (approximately 40 minutes), Palmdale continues to have mostly automobile users. However, bike lanes and paths are being developed throughout the city. The Palmdale Transportation Center is the center of the Antelope Valley mass transit system. As the hub for the city’s bus system, Antelope Valley Transit Authority, Amtrak, Greyhound Bus line, and the Metrolink commuter rail, Palmdale does offer its share of public transportation and is a planned stop on the proposed California High Speed Rail System and Orangeline Maglev rail that comes from Irvine. The Palmdale Regional Airport offers private and charter service to Palmdale residents.