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City of Imperial
—  City  —
Location in Imperial County and the state of California
Coordinates: 32°50′51″N 115°34′10″W / 32.8475°N 115.56944°W / 32.8475; -115.56944Coordinates: 32°50′51″N 115°34′10″W / 32.8475°N 115.56944°W / 32.8475; -115.56944
Country United States
State California
County Imperial
 - Total 3.9 sq mi (10.1 km2)
 - Land 3.9 sq mi (10.1 km2)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation -59 ft (-18 m)
Population (2006)
 - Total 11,754
 Density 1,938.5/sq mi (748.5/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 92251
Area code(s) 760
FIPS code 06-36280
GNIS feature ID 1652726

Imperial is a city in Imperial County, California. Imperial is located 4 miles (6.4 km) north of El Centro.[1] As of the 2006 census, the city had a population of 11,754. It is part of the El Centro metropolitan area. The City of Imperial is a bustling center in the Imperial Valley due to its central location in The Valley and proximity to Mexico. This makes Imperial an ideal location for industry, and business services.

Nearby recreation facilities transform the desert into a popular Valley tourist destination due to availability of different things to do. Three year-round golf courses which are operational year round are within minutes of Imperial. The sand dunes provide a place for campers and dune buggy enthusiasts. This regions is well known for it's abundance of bird species such as dove, quail, ducks, pheasant and geese. Imperial is particularly noted for its friendly atmosphere and active community spirit. The city, is an excellent example of a well rounded cultural center.



Imperial is located at 32°50′51″N 115°34′10″W / 32.8475°N 115.56944°W / 32.8475; -115.56944.[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.9 square miles (10.1 km²), all of it land.


Imperial has an arid desert climate. It is one of the hottest cities in the United States. In January, the normal high temperature is 70 degrees with a low of 42. In July, the normal high temperature is 110 degrees with a low of 82. Annual precipitation is around 3 inches.


Imperial was named by George Chaffey.[1] The first post office at Imperial opened in 1901.[1] Imperial incorporated in 1904. The first Mayor of Imperial was Allison Peck.[1]


As of the census[3] of 2006, there were 11,754 people, 2,308 households, and 1,911 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,932.2 people per square mile (746.5/km²). There were 2,385 housing units at an average density of 609.6/sq mi (235.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 58.53% White, 2.66% Black or African American, 0.75% Native American, 2.71% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 30.90% from other races, and 4.27% from two or more races. 61.10% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,308 households out of which 53.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.9% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.2% were non-families. 14.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.26 and the average family size was 3.60.

In the city the population was spread out with 35.3% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 33.8% from 25 to 44, 16.8% from 45 to 64, and 6.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 96.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $49,451, and the median income for a family was $53,053. Males had a median income of $37,373 versus $27,778 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,538. About 8.9% of families and 11.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.2% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.


In the state legislature Imperial is located in the 40th Senate District, represented by Democrat Denise Moreno Ducheny, and in the 80th Assembly District, represented by Republican Bonnie Garcia. Federally, Imperial is located in California's 51st congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +7[4] and is represented by Democrat Bob Filner.


Imperial has the annual California Mid-Winter Fair in February (formerly the Imperial County Fair) which receives over 100,000 visitors: either are locals, from nearby Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico and numerous "snowbirds" across Southern Cal. and the country (U.S.) temporarily reside in Imperial.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 1430. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Imperial, California
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?". Campaign Legal Center Blog. Retrieved 2007-10-20. 

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