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Overview

Introduction to Calexico, California

Calexico, California, in Imperial county, is 51 miles W of Yuma, Arizona (center to center) and 96 miles E of San Diego, California. It's a major crossing location for vehicles and pedestrians along the United States/Mexico border. Calexico provides easy access to the region's major transportation centers. It's regarded as one of the major connections for the interior of Mexico to the primary United States West Coast markets as well as Canada.

The Calexico International Airport is utilized as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection check-point for air-cargo flights and private planes arriving from Mexico. Calexico has one of the highest percentages of Mexican residents for a city in the United States. The municipality includes industrial areas and features a sunny year-round climate.

Calexico History

The first settlers came from Mexico. The city was incorporated in 1908. A vast number of Mexicans arrived in the Imperial Valley after the Mexican Revolution was over. The Imperial Land Company created a thriving agricultural business out of the dry desert landscape. In the early days, Calexico had a tawdry reputation.

Calexico Attractions

  • Mariachi Festival
  • Perspective of the Latino Race art exhibition
  • Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park
  • Imperial Valley Mall

Calexico Activities

The region offers opportunities for golfing, hiking, water sports, fishing and other outdoor activities. The Heber Dunes State Vehicular Recreational Area is a popular off-road destination and also includes areas for camping and picnicking. The picturesque Imperial Sand Dunes Recreational Area is an extensive dune system and one of the biggest in the nation. The Salton Sea is a notable destination. The Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge is a salt marsh and also includes a close by freshwater marsh and a pasture area and is a good location for observing wildlife.

Table Mountain features a high desert landscape and is enjoyed by hikers. The Valley of the Moon Trail, in nearby Jacumba is popular with nature enthusiasts. The Elliot Mine Area is located in the Jacumba Mountains and is known for its impressive huge granite boulders. The excellent beaches in San Diego and Baja California are available for day trips. Mexicali, a border town located in Mexico is a popular destination for tourists and residents.

Calexico Higher Education

San Diego State University Imperial Valley Campus and Imperial Valley College are close by.

People

Total Population 39,601
Male Share of the Population 46.7%
Female Share of the Population 53.3%
Senior Citizens 13.1%
Employed Population 16+ 12,791
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 45.7%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.7%
Median Earnings25+ $22,065
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,215
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,500

Wealth

Median Family Income $39,953
% Above Poverty Level 72.6%
% Below Poverty Level 27.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 5.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 2%

Housing

People Living Alone 13.9%
Median Gross Rent $808
Median House Value $161,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 92.6%
US/American 0%
English 0.1%
Irish 0.4%

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

Calexico Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 51 miles W of Yuma, Arizona (center to center)
Nearest Large City 96 miles E of San Diego, California
County Imperial
Standard Zip Codes 92231
P.O. Box Zip Codes 92232
Phone Area Codes 760
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.678
Longitude -115.498

Calexico Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station EL CENTRO 2 SSW
Distance 7.3 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 70 F
Apr Temp 54 to 86 F
Jul Temp 76 to 107 F
Oct Temp 59 to 91 F
Annual Precip 2.9 inches
Station IMPERIAL
Distance 12.5 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 YUMA CITRUS STATION
Distance 50.5 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Calexico, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Mount Signal (92231)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brawley 25,656 $42,795
El Centro 43,570 $45,743
Holtville 6,172 $28,850
Imperial 16,215 $80,350

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

Calexico Public Libraries

Library
Camarena Memorial Public Library
850 ENCINAS AVE.
Calexico, California
(760) 768-2170

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Calexico High Schools

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CALEXICO HIGH
1030 ENCINAS AVE.
760-768-3980
A Title I School.
Serves 1,826 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.9

AURORA HIGH (CONT.)
641 ROCKWOOD AVE.
760-768-3940
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 214 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.7

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