Introduction to Imperial Beach, California

Imperial Beach, California, in San Diego county, is 4 miles S of Chula Vista, California (center to center) and 9 miles S of San Diego, California. Part of the surrounding San Diego metro area, this is not an isolated city.

Imperial Beach History

The history of Imperial Beach began in June, 1887 when R. R. Morrison, a real estate developer, filed a subdivision map with the clerk of San Diego County. The map referred to the area as South San Diego Beach. It covered land from 5th Street to 13th Street north of Palm Avenue and between Palm Avenue and today's Imperial Beach Blvd. Mr. George Chaffey purchased several plots of land for subdivision with the intention to create a summer retreat for the people of Imperial Valley. This region was named "Imperial Beach" as a part of marketing strategy.

Imperial Beach and Nearby Attractions

  • Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center.
  • Imperial Beach Sports Park.
  • San Diego Zoo.
  • Balboa Park.
  • USS Midway Museum.
  • Maritime Museum.

Things To Do In Imperial Beach

There is no end to things to do in Imperial Beach, California. The lovely beaches make for an ideal location to hang out at any time of the day. They are also ideal for enjoying all kinds of water sports like swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, rafting and many more. There are also many amusement parks situated in and around the city for recreation purposes.

Imperial Beach Transportation

The local airport that serves the city is San Diego INTL-Lindbergh FLD.

Imperial Beach Higher Education

Southwestern College serves the city's educational requirements.


Total Population 27,051
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 9.8%
Employed Population 16+ 11,327
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 39.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17%
Median Earnings25+ $30,332
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,561
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,594


Median Family Income $53,813
% Above Poverty Level 81.1%
% Below Poverty Level 18.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.3%
% Using Public Transportation 4%


People Living Alone 26.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,215
Median House Value $356,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 77.1%
US/American 0.1%
English 3.5%
Irish 5.6%

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

Imperial Beach Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles S of Chula Vista, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 9 miles S of San Diego, California
County San Diego
Metro Area San Diego
Standard Zip Codes 91932
P.O. Box Zip Codes 91933
Phone Area Codes 619
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.583
Longitude -117.112

Imperial Beach Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.8 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 69 F
Apr Temp 53 to 70 F
Jul Temp 64 to 76 F
Oct Temp 58 to 76 F
Annual Precip 9.9 inches
Distance 9.5 miles
Jan Temp 49 to 65 F
Apr Temp 56 to 67 F
Jul Temp 65 to 73 F
Oct Temp 61 to 72 F
Annual Precip 9.6 inches
Station LA MESA
Distance 13.8 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 69 F
Apr Temp 51 to 73 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 57 to 80 F
Annual Precip 13.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chula Vista 257,296 $74,593
Coronado 24,447 $108,500
La Mesa 58,858 $70,460
Lemon Grove 26,225 $60,704
National City 60,043 $43,386
San Diego 1,359,791 $78,321

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

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Imperial Beach High Schools

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A Title I School.
Serves 2,296 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.3

Serves 741 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.2

A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 44 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22

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