When discussing the statistics and aspects of any town or city, elevation is one of the most important geographical terms to take into account. Elevation denotes how high or low an area is in relation to the mean sea level of Earth. The elevation of Palm Springs is 479 feet (146 m), which is in line with many other United States' cities. Most big urban areas around the country are located in coastal regions with elevations of 500 feet (152 m) or less.
However, despite the fact that the city of Palm Springs itself has a relatively average elevation, the surrounding area is filled with hills and mountains, so there are various high elevation points to be found all around Palm Springs. One of the city's key attractions is the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which is the biggest of its kind in the world. It has a base elevation of 2,634 feet (806 m) and arrives at its Mountain Station terminus at an elevation of 8,516 feet (2,596 m).
The mean elevation in the state of California is 2,900 feet (880 m), with its highest point being Mount Whitney, which is the highest mountain in the contiguous United States and has an elevation of 14,505 feet (4,421 m), while the lowest point is Badwater Basin in Death Valley, which has an elevation of 279 feet (85 m) below sea level. Major cities in the state of California outside of Palm Springs include Los Angeles, which has an elevation of 285 feet (87 m), San Francisco, which has an elevation of 52 feet (16 m), San Diego, which has an elevation of 62 feet (19 m), the capital of Sacramento, which has an elevation of 30 feet (9 m), and San Jose, which has an elevation of 82 feet (25 m).