Indio is a city in Riverside County, California with a population just over 76,000 that continues to add 25 new residents each day. Once dubbed the “Hub of the Valley,” Indio is now commonly referred to as the “City of Festivals.” The word “Indio” is Spanish for “Indian.”
The city of Indio was created as a halfway point for the Southern Pacific Railroad between Yuma, Arizona and Los Angeles, California. After the railroad arrived in 1876, Indio saw its population grow exponentially. Despite being a “railroad town,” Indio’s farmers found great success in growing onions, grapes, cotton and dates.
Today, Indio has a predominately agricultural and tourism-dependent economy. Notable employers include the County of Riverside, Desert Sands Unified School District, John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, Tidwell Concrete Construction, The Home Depot and PHP Contracting.
Indio is famous for hosting numerous annual festivals (hence its nickname). Some of the major events include the National Date Festival, the Indio International Tamale Festival, the Riverside County Fair and the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The latter has become extremely popular with music lovers and festivalgoers alike, with megawatt lineups that have included Paul McCartney, The Pixies, Radiohead, Beastie Boys, The White Stripes, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Notable residents include Cameron Crowe, Merv Griffin, Jacqueline Cochran and Stan Van Gundy. Mexicali serves as Indio’s sister city as part of the International Sister Cities program.
Riverside Superior Court is located at 47671 Oasis Street in Indio, California, 92201.