Palmdale is a Charter City governed under the council/manager form of local government. Every two years, councilmembers are elected to serve four-year terms for their respective districts (Districts 1 and 2 were elected in 2020, and Districts 3, 4, and 5 were elected in 2022). The office of the Mayor is filled by one of the councilmembers by a majority vote of the City Council and rotate every year.
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.