The City of Indio embraces its diversity and provides outstanding municipal services to enhance the quality of life for our residents, visitors and the business community.
The natural beauty and perfect winter climate combine to make the City of Indio the leading city in the region. Located in the Coachella Valley in Southern California, Indio spans 30 square miles and is the largest municipality in the Valley, both in area and population. Following significant growth in the region, Indio has seen a 73% increase of residents since 2000. This dramatic growth and success in recent years has required strategic response by City leadership in the upgrade of infrastructure and services. Today the population in Indio is approximately 85,000. Indio has historically been the main population center in the Coachella Valley and continues to serve as the location for Riverside County’s eastern branch offices.
With fabulous weather, Indio offers abundant outdoor activities including renowned polo matches, championship golf, cycling, equestrian events, and hiking. This ideal climate, combined with exceptional conditions for growing various crops and an ample supply of ground water, allows agriculture to remain the second largest industry in the Coachella Valley. Tourism is ranked as the region’s top employer. With close to a million visitors each year attending its various festivals, shows, concerts, and events, Indio is known as the “City of Festivals.”
The variety of home types available in Indio range from workforce housing to multi-million dollar homes, easily accommodating the housing needs of a wide spectrum of homeowners. Executive housing includes resort style living with condominiums and golf course residences in gated communities.
The City of Indio was incorporated in 1930. The City operates under a City Council-City Manager form of government with five elected members of the City Council served by a City Manager and City Attorney. The five Council Members are elected at-large for four-year terms. Each year the Council selects the Mayor on a rotational basis and determines assignments for the external commissions and committees.
The City Organization
Indio is a full service city with 220 full-time staff and a $173.5 million budget for 2018-19, with a $88.2 million General Fund budget. The City also operates three enterprise operations: Indio Water Authority, Indio Municipal Golf, and Solid Waste. Fire services are provided under contract by Cal Fire. While virtually all cities had to make significant cuts during the Great Recession, public safety was made, and continues to be, a priority for the City of Indio.