Palmdale is a Charter City governed under the council/manager form of local government. The mayor is elected every two years for a two-year term. Also every two years, two of the four council members are elected to serve four-year terms.
Over 100 years ago, when land in the Antelope Valley sold for fifty cents an acre, a group of Swiss and German families migrated from the Midwest and named their new community Palmenthal. Affordable housing, excellent schools and over 300 days a year of smog-free blue sky contribute to an exceptional lifestyle.
Despite its growth, Palmdale continues to cherish the small-town values of a family-oriented community while enjoying all of the conveniences of a thriving metropolitan area.