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.



Total Population39,934
Male Share of the Population46.5%
Female Share of the Population53.5%
Senior Citizens14.1%
Employed Population 16+13,665
Age of the Population33


% of people married42.3%
Average household size5

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher14.8%
Median Earnings25+$25,169
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,363
Median Earnings With High School Degree$20,857


Median Family Income$48,340
% Above Poverty Level74.9%
% Below Poverty Level25.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time25 minutes
% Working from Home8%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.8%
% Using Public Transportation1.5%


People Living Alone15.5%
Median Gross Rent$906
Median House Value$196,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)86.6%
French Except Basque0.3%
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Calexico Almanac

CountyImperial County
Standard Zip Codes92231
P.O. Box Zip Codes92232
Phone Area Codes4,42,760
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude32.69
Approximate Longitude-115.51

Calexico Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance7.3 miles
Jan Temp41 to 70 F
Apr Temp54 to 86 F
Jul Temp76 to 107 F
Oct Temp59 to 91 F
Annual Precip2.9 inches
Distance12.5 miles
Jan Temp41 to 69 F
Apr Temp54 to 85 F
Jul Temp75 to 105 F
Oct Temp60 to 89 F
Annual Precip3 inches
Distance50.5 miles
Jan Temp41 to 68 F
Apr Temp52 to 86 F
Jul Temp76 to 106 F
Oct Temp58 to 90 F
Annual Precip3.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
El Centro43,898$53,053

Calexico Public Libraries

Camarena Memorial Public Library
Calexico, California
(760) 768-2170

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Calexico Public Schools

Aurora High (continuation)
641 Rockwood Ave.
ZIP: 92231
Total Enrollment 190
Blanche Charles Elementary
1201 Kloke Rd.
ZIP: 92231
Total Enrollment 539
Calexico High
1030 Encinas Ave.
ZIP: 92231
Total Enrollment 2981
Cesar Chavez Elementary
1251 E. Zapata St.
ZIP: 92231
Total Enrollment 1042
De Anza 9th Grade Academy
824 Blair Ave.
ZIP: 92231
Dool Elementary
800 Encinas Ave.
ZIP: 92231
Total Enrollment 590
Enrique Camarena Jr. High
800 E. Rivera Ave.
ZIP: 92231
Total Enrollment 697
Jefferson Elementary
1120 E. Seventh St.
ZIP: 92231
Total Enrollment 725
Kennedy Gardens
2300 Rockwood Ave.
ZIP: 92231
Total Enrollment 566
Mains Elementary
655 Sheridan Ave.
ZIP: 92231
Total Enrollment 540
Rockwood Elementary
1000 Rockwood Ave.
ZIP: 92231
Total Enrollment 630
William Moreno Junior High
1202 Kloke Rd.
ZIP: 92231
Total Enrollment 763

Calexico Private Schools

Calexico Mission School
601 E 1st St
ZIP: 92231
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 292
Our Lady Of Guadalupe Academy
535 Rockwood Ave
ZIP: 92231
Total Enrollment 537
Vincent Memorial Catholic High School
525 Sheridan St
ZIP: 92231
Total Enrollment 269
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