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Overview

Introduction to El Centro, California

El Centro, California, in Imperial county, is 54 miles W of Yuma, Arizona (center to center) and 92 miles E of San Diego, California. It's the largest city in the Imperial Valley and is situated below sea level. El Centro is the region's commercial center and includes farms and food processing facilities. The region is a primary winter vegetables production area. The city has an arid climate and receives less than three inches of yearly rain. El Centro has sunshine for most days of the year and the summers feature some very hot weather.

The majority of the population is Hispanic. The old downtown includes structures featuring the Mexican-Spanish "arcade" architecture. It's a desert community flanked by thousands of acres of agricultural fields. The close by Navy base serves as a home to the Blue Angels air show team during the winter.

El Centro History

The initial settlers worked for the railroad and lived in tent cities. Beginning in 1910 permanent housing was built near the railroad tracks. The region became a prominent agricultural area after water was transported from the Colorado River by way of canals. The irrigation of the desert valley was a major factor for the growth of the community. The city experienced a powerful earthquake in 1940.

El Centro Attractions

  • Imperial County Midwinter Fair.
  • Brawley Cattle Call Rodeo.
  • Southwest Performing Arts Theater.
  • Mardi Gras Light Parade.
  • Mostly Theatre Company.
  • Imperial Valley Symphony.

El Centro Activities

The Herbert Dunes State Vehicle Recreation Area is popular for off-road recreation and it's used for camping and picnics. Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area offers a picturesque landscape and is one of the biggest dune systems in the nation. Some of the sand dunes are over 300 feet high. The Ocotillo Wells State Vehicle Recreation Area has a desert terrain for off-road action. The landscape has numerous dunes as well as a sand bowl and a camp area.

Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge is a vast acreage which includes a salt marsh and a portion of the Salton Sea. The refuge also features a pasture area and provides opportunities to view wildlife. The Salton Sea is regarded as one of the largest inland seas in the world. It's used for boating and water skiing. The area includes several golf courses.

El Centro Transportation

Air travel is offered at the Imperial County Airport.

El Centro Higher Education

Residents have opportunities for higher education at Imperial Valley College.

Demographics

People

Total Population43,699
Male Share of the Population49.6%
Female Share of the Population50.4%
Senior Citizens12.4%
Employed Population 16+15,288
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married44.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18%
Median Earnings25+$27,249
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$12,845
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,910

Wealth

Median Family Income$47,290
% Above Poverty Level75.2%
% Below Poverty Level24.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.5%
% Using Public Transportation1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone20.5%
Median Gross Rent$748
Median House Value$164,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)86.7%
German2.2%
English1.5%
Irish1.4%
Swiss0.6%
Italian0.5%
French Except Basque0.5%
Swedish0.4%
Scottish0.4%
African0.3%
Polish0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Canadian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Dutch0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
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El Centro Almanac

CategoryValue
County Imperial County
Standard Zip Codes92243
P.O. Box Zip Codes92244
Phone Area Codes442,760
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude32.77
Approximate Longitude-115.6

El Centro Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationEL CENTRO 2 SSW
Distance1.8 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
StationIMPERIAL
Distance4 miles
Jan Temp41 to 69 F
Apr Temp54 to 85 F
Jul Temp75 to 105 F
Oct Temp60 to 89 F
Annual Precip3 inches
StationYUMA CITRUS STATION
Distance55.4 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
Brawley25,776$43,187
Calexico39,750$41,739
Calipatria7,511$34,000
Holtville6,230$32,841
Imperial16,583$86,644
Westmorland2,014$34,688

El Centro Public Libraries

El Centro Public Library
1140 N. IMPERIAL AVE.
El Centro, California
(760) 337-4565
Imperial County Library
1125 W. MAIN STREET
El Centro, California
(442) 265-7100

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El Centro Hospitals

El Centro Regional Medical Center
(Government - Local)
1415 Ross Avenue

El Centro Public Schools

Ballington Academy For The Arts And Sciences
2298 Merrill Center Dr., Ste. 300
ZIP: 92243
Primary
Total Enrollment 229
Central Union High
1001 Brighton Ave.
ZIP: 92243
High
Total Enrollment 1871
De Anza Magnet
1530 S. Waterman Ave.
ZIP: 92243
Primary
Total Enrollment 455
Desert Garden Elementary
1900 S. Sixth St.
ZIP: 92243
Primary
Total Enrollment 347
Desert Oasis High (continuation)
1302 S. Third St.
ZIP: 92243
High
Total Enrollment 157
El Centro District Wide Preschool
1256 Brd.way
ZIP: 92243
Harding Elementary
950 S. Seventh St.
ZIP: 92243
Primary
Total Enrollment 525
Imagine Schools At Imperial Valley
1150 N. Imperial Ave.
ZIP: 92243
Primary
Total Enrollment 873
Imperial County Juvenile Hall/community
1398 Sperber Rd.
ZIP: 92243
Other
Total Enrollment 6
Imperial County Special Education
1398 Sperber Rd.
ZIP: 92243
Other
Total Enrollment 346
Imperial Valley Home School Academy
2370 Main St.
ZIP: 92243
Primary
Total Enrollment 81
Imperial Valley Rop
687 State St.
ZIP: 92243
High
Kennedy Middle
900 N. Sixth St.
ZIP: 92243
Middle
Total Enrollment 353
Lincoln Elementary
200 N. Twelfth St.
ZIP: 92243
Primary
Total Enrollment 368
Margaret Hedrick Elementary
550 S. Waterman Ave.
ZIP: 92243
Primary
Total Enrollment 502
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary
1950 Villa Ave.
ZIP: 92243
Primary
Total Enrollment 417
Mccabe Elementary
701 W. Mccabe Rd.
ZIP: 92243
Primary
Total Enrollment 1368
Mckinley Elementary
1177 N. Eighth St.
ZIP: 92243
Primary
Total Enrollment 399
Meadows Elementary
2059 Bowker Rd.
ZIP: 92243
Primary
Total Enrollment 449
Phoenix Rising High
1302 S. Third St.
ZIP: 92243
Other
Total Enrollment 21
Southwest High
2001 Ocotillo Dr.
ZIP: 92243
High
Total Enrollment 2057
Sunflower Elementary
2450 Main St.
ZIP: 92243
Primary
Total Enrollment 451
Valley Academy
253 E. Ross Ave.
ZIP: 92243
Other
Total Enrollment 191
Washington Elementary
223 E. First St.
ZIP: 92243
Primary
Total Enrollment 430
Wilson Jr. High
600 S. Wilson
ZIP: 92243
Middle
Total Enrollment 671

El Centro Private Schools

St Mary S School
700 S Waterman Ave
ZIP: 92243
Elementary
Total Enrollment 202
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