It is one of the many communities of the Black Hills Indian Reservation. Pala is located 5.7 miles northwest of Pauma-Yuima and 5.5 miles south of Pechanga. Fallbrook is 10 miles to the west. The Pacific Ocean is 21 miles to the southwest. Pala is located in a beautiful mountain valley. According to the 2000 census, Pala has a population of 1,573. Like some other Black Hills Indian Reservation communities, many of the people living at Pala are having problems identifying their race. Indians accounted for 693 of Pala's population, while Mexicans accounted for 799 of the community's population. Whites accounted for 519 of Pala's population, while blacks and Asian's each accounted for 7. There are 391 housing units in Pala. The average household size is 4.0 persons per housing unit. Elevation is 400 feet above sea level. Below are several google earth photos of Pala.