Introduction to Imperial, California

Imperial, California, in Imperial county, is 55 miles W of Yuma, Arizona and 92 miles E of San Diego, California

Imperial History

Imperial's town-site was plotted in 1902. It was incorporated as a city on July 12, 1904. Multiple earthquakes rattled the area between 1916 and 1940.

Imperial and Nearby Attractions

  • Alford Auto Museum.
  • Pioneers Museum and Cultural Center.
  • Agua Caliente County Park.
  • Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
  • Evans Park.

Things To Do In Imperial

Imperial offers easy access to numerous parks like the Irving Park, Evans Park, Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, Emerson Park and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The local museums which include Alford Auto Museum, and Pioneers Museum and Cultural Center provide absorbing insights into the history of this area. The tourists can visit historical sites like Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park and Yuma Crossing State Historic Park.

Imperial Transportation

Palm Springs International Airport is nearby.

Imperial Higher Education

Imperial Valley College, the University of California-Riverside and the Arizona Western College are some of the local colleges and universities.


Total Population 16,215
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 8.2%
Employed Population 16+ 6,557
Age of the Population 30


% of people married 53.1%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $80,350
% Above Poverty Level 91.3%
% Below Poverty Level 8.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.2%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 18.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,171
Median House Value $183,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 82.4%
US/American 0%
English 1.7%
Irish 3.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Imperial Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 55 miles W of Yuma, Arizona (center to center)
Nearest Large City 92 miles E of San Diego, California
County Imperial
Standard Zip Codes 92251
Phone Area Codes 760
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.847
Longitude -115.568

Imperial Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.2 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 69 F
Apr Temp 54 to 85 F
Jul Temp 75 to 105 F
Oct Temp 60 to 89 F
Annual Precip 3 inches
Station CAMPO
Distance 54.6 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 62 F
Apr Temp 37 to 72 F
Jul Temp 51 to 94 F
Oct Temp 42 to 79 F
Annual Precip 15.5 inches
Distance 56.7 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 68 F
Apr Temp 52 to 86 F
Jul Temp 76 to 106 F
Oct Temp 58 to 90 F
Annual Precip 3.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brawley 25,656 $42,795
Calexico 39,601 $39,953
Calipatria 7,557 $30,648
El Centro 43,570 $45,743
Holtville 6,172 $28,850
Westmorland 1,750 $33,179

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Imperial Public Libraries

Imperial Public Library
200 W. NINTH ST.
Imperial, California
(760) 355-1332

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