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Imperial County, California
Seal of Imperial County, California
Map of California highlighting Imperial County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
California's location in the U.S.
Seat El Centro
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

4,482 sq mi (11,608 km²)
4,175 sq mi (10,813 km²)
307 sq mi (795 km²), 6.85%
PopulationEst.
 - (2008)
 - Density

163,972
34/sq mi (13/km²)
Founded 1907
Website www.imperialcounty.net

Imperial County is a county located in the Imperial Valley, in the far southeast of the U.S. state of California, bordering both Arizona and Mexico. It is part of the El Centro, California Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of Imperial County. The population as of 2000 was 142,361. The county seat is the city of El Centro. Established in 1907, it is the newest-created of California's counties. Imperial County is also part of the Southern California Southern Border region, also referred to as San Diego-Imperial, the smallest but most economically diverse region in the state.[1]

Although this region is a desert, with high temperatures and low average rainfall of three inches (seventy-five mm) per year, the economy is heavily based on agriculture due to the availability of irrigation water, which is supplied wholly from the Colorado River via the All-American Canal.

The Imperial Valley is a melting pot of Anglo-American and Hispanic cultures. On the U.S. side, the majority of residents are of Mexican-American or Latino heritage, while the Mexican side was greatly influenced by American culture for many decades. The entire valley has multi-racial representation of Africans, Europeans, east and south Asians, and Native Americans.

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History

Juan Bautista de Anza Bezerra Nieto

Spanish explorer Melchior Díaz was one of the first Europeans to visit the area around Imperial Valley in 1540. The explorer Juan Bautista de Anza also explored the area in 1776[2]. Years later, after the Mexican-American War, the northern half of the valley was annexed by the U.S., while the southern half remained under Mexican rule. Small scale settlement in natural aquifer areas occurred in the early 1800s (the present-day site of Mexicali), but most permanent settlement (Anglo Americans in the U.S. side, Mexicans in the other side) was after 1900.

Imperial County was formed in 1907 from the eastern portion of San Diego County. The county took its name from Imperial Valley, itself named for the Imperial Land Company, a subsidiary of the California Development Company, which at the turn of the 20th century had reclaimed the southern portion of the Colorado desert for agriculture. Much of the Imperial Land Company's land also existed in Mexico (Baja California). The objective of the company was commercial crop farming development.

By 1910 the land company had managed to settle and develop thousands of farms on both sides of the border. But the Mexican Revolution severely disrupted the company's plans. Nearly 10,000 farmers and their families in Mexico were ethnically cleansed by the rival Mexican armies. Not until the 1920s was the other side of California in America sufficiently peaceful and prosperous for the company to earn a return for a large percentage of Mexicans, but some chose to stay and lay down roots in newly sprouted communities in the valley.

The county experienced a period of migration of "Okies" from drought-trodden dust bowl farms by the need of migrant labor, and prosperous job-seekers alike from across the U.S. arrived in the 1930s and 1940s, especially in World War II, the completion of the All American Canal from its source, the Colorado River from 1948 to 1951, and by the 1950 census, over 50,000 residents lived in Imperial County alone, about 40 times than of 1910. Most of the population was year-round but would increase every winter by migrant laborers from Mexico. Until the 1960s the farms in Imperial County provided substantial returns to the company and the valley.

Sites of interest

Fort Yuma

Fort Yuma is located on the banks of the Colorado River in Winterhaven, California. First established after the end of the Mexican-American War in 1848, it was originally located in the bottoms near the Colorado River, less than a mile below the mouth of the Gila River. It was to defend the newly settled community of Yuma, Arizona on the other side of the Colorado River and the nearby Mexican border. In March 1851 the post was moved to a small elevation on the Colorado's west bank, opposite the present city of Yuma, Arizona, on the site of the former Mission Puerto de Purísima Concepción. This site had been occupied by Camp Calhoun, named for John C. Calhoun, established in 1849. Fort Yuma was established to protect the southern emigrant travel route to California and to attempt control of the warlike Yuma Indians in the surrounding 100-mile (160 km) area.[3]

Blue Angels

Blue Angels

NAF El Centro is the winter home of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, The Blue Angels. NAF El Centro historically kicks off the Blue Angels' season with their first air show, traditionally held in March.[4]

Imperial Valley Expo & Fairgrounds

Home to the California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta which is the local county fair. It is also home to the Imperial Valley Speedway, a 3/8 mile race track.[5]

Algodones Sand Dunes

The Algodones Dunes

The name Algodones Dunes refers to the entire geographic feature, while the administrative designation for that portion managed by the Bureau of Land Management is the "Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area" (sometimes called the "Glamis Dunes"). The Algodones Sand Dunes are the largest mass of sand dunes in California. This dune system extends for more than 40 miles along the eastern edge of the Imperial Valley agricultural region in a band averaging five miles in width. A major east-west route of the Union Pacific railroad skirts the eastern edge.The dune system is divided into 3 areas. The northern most area is known as Mammoth Wash. South of Mammoth Wash is the North Algodones Dunes Wilderness established by the 1994 California Desert Protection Act. This area is closed to motorized use and access is by hiking and horseback. The largest and most heavily used area begins at Highway 78 and continues south just past Interstate 8. The expansive dune formations offer picturesque scenery,, a chance to view rare plants and animals, and a playground for ATV and off-roading enthusiasts. The dunes are also popular in film making and have been the site for movies such as Return of the Jedi.[6]

Colorado River

The Colorado River is a popular destination for water sports including fishing, boating, water-skiing, and jet-skiing.[7]

Salvation Mountain

Welcome to Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain (location 33°15′14.9″N 115°28′21.4″W / 33.254139°N 115.472611°W / 33.254139; -115.472611) is a colorful artificial mountain north of Calipatria, California, near Slab City. It is made from adobe, straw, and thousands of gallons of paint. It was created by Leonard Knight to convey the message that "God Loves Everyone". Knight refused substantial donations of money and labor from supporters who wished to modify his message of universal love to favor or disfavor particular groups.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Bighorn Sheep at Palm Canyon in Anza-Borrego State Park

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, portions of which are located in Imperial County, is the largest state park in California. Five-hundred miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas and miles of hiking trails provide visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the wonders of the Colorado Desert. The park is named after Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and the Spanish name borrego, or bighorn sheep. The park features washes, wildflowers, palm groves, cacti and sweeping vistas. Visitors may also have the chance to see roadrunner, golden eagles, kit foxes, mule deer and bighorn sheep as well as iguanas, chuckwallas and the red diamond rattlesnake.

Fossil Canyon and Painted Gorge

Located near Ocotillo, California in the Coyote Mountains, Fossil Canyon and the surrounding area is a great place for rock hounding and fossil hunting. The fossils here are not dinosaurs, but ancient shells, coral, and oysters from the Miocene epoch when the area was underwater.[8]

The Painted Gorge, located on the eastern side of the Coyote Mountains, consists of sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks. Heat and movement over time has created fantastic shapes and colors. Oranges, reds, purples, and mauves mixed with browns and blacks create a palette of color as the sun illuminates and plays shadows upon this geologic wonder.[8]

Imperial NWR

Mesquite point at Imperial NWR

The Imperial National Wildlife Refuge protects wildlife habitat along 30 miles of the lower Colorado River in Arizona and California, including the last un-channeled section before the river enters Mexico. The river and its associated backwater lakes and wetlands are a green oasis, contrasting with the surrounding desert mountains. It is a refuge and breeding area for migratory birds and local desert wildlife.[9]

Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR

The Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge is located 40 miles north of the Mexican border at the southern end of the Salton Sea in California’s Imperial Valley. Situated along the Pacific Flyway, the refuge is the only one of its kind, located 227 feet below sea level. Because of its southern latitude, elevation and location in the Colorado Desert, the refuge experiences some of the highest temperatures in the nation. Daily temperatures from May to October generally exceed 100°F with temperatures of 116°-120°F recorded yearly.[10]

Mexicali

Mexico (the border city of Mexicali, Baja California) offers big city amenities like museums, a zoo, a sports convention center, and an international airport. Visitors cross by foot or car from Calexico in the United States every day. Restaurants and taco stands, pharmacies, bars and dance clubs are part of the draw for the city's tourists. Many shops and stalls selling Mexican crafts and souvenirs are also located in walking distance from the border. Also many residents from California, Arizona and Nevada look for medical and dental services in Mexicali, because they tend to be less expensive than those in the United States. Mexico's drinking age of 18 (vs. 21 in the United States) makes it a common weekend destination for many high school and college aged Southern Californians.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,482 square miles (11,608 km²), of which, 4,175 square miles (10,812 km²) of it is land and 307 square miles (795 km²) of it (6.85%) is water.[11] Much of Imperial County is below sea level.

The county is in the Colorado Desert, an extension of the larger Sonoran Desert.

The Colorado River forms the county's eastern boundary. Two notable geographic features are found in the county, the Salton Sea, at 235 feet (72 m) below sea level, and the Algodones Dunes, one of the largest dune fields in America.[11]

The Chocolate Mountains are located east of the Salton Sea, and extend in a northwest-southeast direction [11] for approximately 60 miles (97 km).

In this region, the geology is dominated by the transition of the tectonic plate boundary from rift to fault. The southernmost strands of the San Andreas Fault connect the northern-most extensions of the East Pacific Rise. Consequently, the region is subject to earthquakes, and the crust is being stretched, resulting in a sinking of the terrain over time.

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National protected areas

Codes for Imperial

Area Codes

760 - Covers all of the El Centro metropolitan area as well as Palm Springs, Oceanside, Bishop, Ridgecrest, Barstow, Needles; northern San Diego County, and southeastern California, including much of the Mojave Desert and the Owens Valley. (Split from 619 on March 22, 1997, overlayed by area code 442 in 2009)

Zip Codes

Economy

Imperial valley fields.jpg

Thousands of acres of prime farmland have transformed the desert into one of the most productive farming regions in California with an annual crop production of over $1 billion. Agriculture is the largest industry in Imperial County and accounts for 48% of all employment.[12] Although this region is a desert, with high temperatures and low average rainfall of three inches (seventy-five mm) per year, the economy is heavily based on agriculture due to the availability of irrigation water, which is supplied wholly from the Colorado River via the All-American Canal. A vast system of canals, check dams, and pipelines carry the water all over the valley, a system which forms the Imperial Irrigation District, or IID. The water distribution system includes over 1,400 miles (2,300 km) of canal and with 1,100 miles (1,800 km) of pipeline. The number of canal and pipeline branches number roughly over a hundred. Imported water and a long growing season allow two crop cycles each year, and the Imperial Valley is a major source of winter fruits and vegetables, cotton, and grain for U.S. and international markets. Alfalfa is another major crop produced in the Imperial Valley. The agricultural lands are served by a constructed agricultural drain system, which conveys surface runoff and subsurface drainage from fields to the Salton Sea, which is a designated repository for agricultural runoff.[13]

El Centro is the commercial center of Imperial County. Fifty percent of the jobs in El Centro come from the service and retail sector.[12]

A recent growth in the interest of Imperial County as a filming location, has spurred growth in servicing this industry.[12] Due to its desert environment and proximity to Los Angeles, California, movies are sometimes filmed in the sand dunes outside the agricultural portions of the Imperial County. These have included Return of the Jedi, Stargate, The Scorpion King, and Into the Wild. Additionally, portions of the 2005 film Jarhead were filmed here because of its similarity to the desert terrain of Iraq.

Renewable Energy Source

Imperial Valley has become a hotbed of renewable energy projects, both solar and geothermal.[14] This is driven in part by California's mandate to generate 20% of its power from renewable sources by the end of 2010, the valley's excellent sun resources, the high unemployment, its proximity to large population centers on the coast, and large tracts of otherwise unusable desert land.[14] Much of the land suitable for green energy is owned by the federal government (Bureau of Land Management). As of April 2008, the BLM has received 163 applications to build renewable energy projects on 1.6 million acres in California, "almost all of them are planned for the Imperial Valley and the desert region north of the valley."[14] Stirling Energy is currently building one of the world's largest solar thermal plants, 10 square miles with 38,000 "sun catchers," it will power up to 600,000 homes once it is fully operational by around 2015.[14] CalEnergy currently runs a geothermal plant that generates enough power for 300,000 homes and could tap into more for up to 2.5 million homes.[14]

Transportation Infrastructure

Major highways

Public transportation

Imperial County is served by Greyhound Lines and Imperial Valley Transit buses. Amtrak trains also travel through the county, but with no scheduled stops.

Airports

  • Imperial County Airport, located just north of El Centro, is the main airport in the county. It is primarily a general aviation airport with limited commercial flight service.
  • Holtville Airport is a general aviation airport located roughly five miles east of Holtville.
  • Calexico Airport is located 15 miles (24 km) south of Interstate 8 on State Route 111. It is a general aviation field, used in part to service maquiladora factories in nearby Mexicali.

Demographics

The Imperial County is a blend of Anglo-American and Hispanic cultures. On the U.S. side, the majority of residents are of Mexican-American or Latino heritage, while the Mexican side has been greatly influenced by the culture of the United States for many decades. The valley's population contains communities of African, European, East and South Asian, and Native American ancestry.

As of the census[15] of 2000, there were 142,361 people, 39,384 households, and 31,467 families residing in the county. The population density was 34 people per square mile (13/km²). There were 43,891 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 49.37% White, 3.95% Black or African American, 1.87% Native American, 1.99% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 39.08% from other races, and 3.65% from two or more races. 72.22% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 65.7% spoke Spanish and 32.3% English as their first language.

By 2005 the estimated percentage of non-Hispanic whites in the county was 18%. The percentage of Hispanics had risen to 75.3. The African-American percentage now stood at 4.2%, showing that this population was growing significantly in the county. The number of Hispanics had increased by 10 times since the census of 1910. There are third- and fourth-generation Mexican Americans in the county who identify more with Anglo-American culture but have preserved their Hispanic heritage, such as usage of the Spanish language.

Imperial County has a long-established Asian American community, although small in number compared to urban centers in California. Mainly of Chinese, but also of Filipino, Japanese, Korean and a scant number of Southeast Asian ancestry, often are descendants of railroad workers, ditch diggers and farm laborers in the early 20th century, some arrived through the Mexican border. Imperial County is also home to 10,000 Indian Americans, the highest number outside a US major city, and they provided some Indian features in a mainly Latin American culture.

There were 39,384 households out of which 46.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.7% were married couples living together, 17.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.1% were non-families. 17.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.33 and the average family size was 3.77.

In the county the population was spread out with 31.4% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 10.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 109.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.4 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,870, and the median income for a family was $35,226. Males had a median income of $32,775 versus $23,974 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,239. About 19.4% of families and 22.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.7% of those under age 18 and 13.6% of those age 65 or over.

By 2006 the population had risen to 160,201, the population growth rate since the year 2000 was 30%, the highest in California and fifth highest in the United States in the time period. High levels of immigration, new residents search for affordable homes, and a search for retirement homes can explain the population increase.

Politics

Presidential election results
Year DEM GOP Others
2008 61.1% 17,761 37.3% 10,850 1.6% 459
2004 52.4% 17,964 46.4% 15,890 1.2% 420
2000 53.5% 15,489 43.3% 12,524 3.2% 924
1996 55.3% 14,591 36.8% 9,705 8.0% 2,104
1992 43.9% 11,109 38.5% 9,759 17.6% 4,450
1988 43.8% 10,243 55.2% 12,889 1.0% 233
1984 36.9% 8,237 62.0% 13,829 1.1% 235
1980 36.9% 7,961 55.9% 12,068 7.2% 1,550
1976 48.2% 10,244 49.9% 10,618 1.9% 400
1972 34.9% 7,982 62.1% 14,178 3.0% 689
1968 36.6% 7,481 52.9% 10,818 10.5% 2,147
1964 51.8% 11,143 48.1% 10,330 0.1% 19
1960 46.0% 9,119 53.6% 10,606 0.4% 81

Imperial County is a Democratic stronghold in Presidential, Congressional and local elections. The last Republican to win a majority in the county was George H. W. Bush in 1988.

On November 4, 2008, Imperial County voted 69.7% for Proposition 8, which amended the California Constitution to ban same-sex marriages, showing more support for the proposition than any other strongly Democratic county.[16][17]

Imperial is part of California's 51st congressional district, which is held by Democrat Bob Filner. In the state legislature, Imperial is part of the 80th Assembly district, which is held by Democrat Manuel Perez, and the 40th Senate district, which is held by Democrat Denise Ducheny.

In popular culture

  • Dimmsdale is a fictional city located in Imperial County that is shown on the Nickelodeon animated series The Fairly OddParents.
  • Scenes for the 2006 film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan were filmed in Imperial County, but were not used in the finished film.
  • The majority of Jarhead and the Salton Sea was filmed in the Imperial Valley.
  • Scenes from Star Wars were filmed in the Imperial Valley sand dunes, Top Gun were also filmed in the El Centro Naval Air Station and Independence Day was located in the Imperial Valley.
  • Rock en Espanol group Calexico hails from the border town with the namesake in the Imperial Valley faces Mexicali, Baja California of Mexico.
  • Imperial, by William T. Vollmann, published July 30, 2009, documents the history and culture of Imperial County, California. A companion volume of photographs was published August 18, 2009.

See also

References

  1. ^ Source California.gov
  2. ^ "De Anza Trail". http://www.solideas.com/DeAnza/TrailGuide/Imperial/index.html. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  3. ^ "Fort Yuma". http://www.militarymuseum.org/FtYuma.html. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  4. ^ "Blue Angels Official Website". http://www.blueangels.navy.mil/index.htm. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  5. ^ "Imperial Valley Expo". http://www.ivexpo.com/geninfo.htm. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  6. ^ "Algodones Sand Dunes". http://www.desertusa.com/sandhills/sandhills.html. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  7. ^ "Things to Do in Yuma". http://www.visityuma.com/things.html. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  8. ^ a b "Fossil Canyon and Painted Gorge". http://www.desertusa.com/magoct97/oct_painted.html. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  9. ^ "Imperial NWR". http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/arizona/imperial.html. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  10. ^ "Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge". http://www.fws.gov/saltonsea/. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  11. ^ a b c "Imperial County". http://citybloc.com/California/Imperial%20County. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  12. ^ a b c "El Centro Chamber of Commerce". http://www.elcentrochamber.org/the-city-of-el-centro/community/. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  13. ^ "IID". http://www.iid.com/index.php. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  14. ^ a b c d e "Calif. Desert Becomes Home For Renewable Energy", Rob Schmitz, Morning Edition, April 3, 2009, NPR
  15. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  16. ^ "Proposition 8 Map - November 4, 2008, General Election - California Secretary of State:". http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sov/2008_general/maps/returns/props/prop-8.htm. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  17. ^ "Registration by County". http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ror/ror-pages/15day-stwdsp-09/county.xls. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 

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Imperial County is a county located in the Imperial Valley, in the far southeast of the U.S. state of California, bordering both Arizona and Mexico. It is part of the 'El Centro, California Metropolitan Statistical Area' which encompasses all of Imperial County. The population as of 2000 was 142,361. The county seat is the city of El Centro. The county is the newest and one of the poorest of all of California's counties.

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History

Imperial County was formed in 1907 from the eastern half of San Diego County. The county took its name from Imperial Valley, itself named for the Imperial Land Company, a subsidiary of the California Development Company, which at the turn of the 20th century had reclaimed the southern portion of the Colorado desert for agriculture.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 11,608 km² (4,482 sq mi). 10,812 km² (4,175 sq mi) of it is land and 795 km² (307 sq mi) of it (6.85%) is water.

The Colorado River forms the county's eastern boundary. Two notable geographic features are found in the county, the Salton Sea, at 235 feet below sea level, and the Algodones Dunes, one of the largest dune fields in America.

The Chocolate Mountains are located east of the Salton Sea, and extend in a northwest-southeast direction for approximately 60 miles.

Cities over 10,000 population

Cities under 10,000 population

Towns over 1,000 population

Towns under 1,000 population

See Southern California Zip Codes for individual Zip Code data.

Adjacent counties

The county is also bordered to the south by the Mexican state of Baja California.

Economy

Imperial County is heavily reliant on agriculture for its economy. There are a number of quality vegetable producers and cattle ranches in the area. You can also find a number of specialty growers in the region. The agriculture industry is very dependent on irrigation water from the nearby Colorado River. [1]

Many of the early pioneers of Imperial County played a key role in the development of this economy.

Transportation Infrastructure

Major Highways

Public Transportation

Imperial County is served by Greyhound Lines and Imperial Valley Transit buses.

Airports

  • Imperial County Airport, located just north of El Centro, is primarily a general aviation airport with limited commercial flight service.
  • Holtville Airport is a general aviation airport located roughly five miles east of Holtville.

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 142,361 people, 39,384 households, and 31,467 families residing in the county. The population density was 13/km² (34/sq mi). There were 43,891 housing units at an average density of 4/km² (10/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 49.37% White, 3.95% Black or African American, 1.87% Native American, 1.99% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 39.08% from other races, and 3.65% from two or more races. 72.22% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 65.7% spoke Spanish and 32.3% English as their first language.

By 2005 the estimated percentage of non-Hispanic whites in the county was 18%. The percentage of Hispanics had risen to 75.3. The African-American percentage now stood at 4.2%, showing that this population was growing significantly in the county.

There were 39,384 households out of which 46.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.7% were married couples living together, 17.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.1% were non-families. 17.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.33 and the average family size was 3.77.

In the county the population was spread out with 31.4% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 10.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 109.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.4 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,870, and the median income for a family was $35,226. Males had a median income of $32,775 versus $23,974 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,239. About 19.4% of families and 22.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.7% of those under age 18 and 13.6% of those age 65 or over.

By 2006 the population had risen to 160,201.

Politics

Presidential election results
Year DEM GOP Others
2004 52.4% 17,964 46.4% 15,890 1.2% 420
2000 53.5% 15,489 43.3% 12,524 3.2% 924
1996 55.3% 14,591 36.8% 9,705 8.0% 2,104
1992 43.9% 11,109 38.5% 9,759 17.6% 4,450
1988 43.8% 10,243 55.2% 12,889 1.0% 233
1984 36.9% 8,237 62.0% 13,829 1.1% 235
1980 36.9% 7,961 55.9% 12,068 7.2% 1,550
1976 48.2% 10,244 49.9% 10,618 1.9% 400
1972 34.9% 7,982 62.1% 14,178 3.0% 689
1968 36.6% 7,481 52.9% 10,818 10.5% 2,147
1964 51.8% 11,143 48.1% 10,330 0.1% 19
1960 46.0% 9,119 53.6% 10,606 0.4% 81

Imperial is a Democratic-leaning county in Presidential and congressional elections. The last Republican to win a majority in the county was George H. W. Bush in 1988.

Imperial is part of California's 51st congressional district, which is held by Democrat Bob Filner. In the state legislature, Imperial is part of the 80th Assembly district, which is held by Republican Bonnie Garcia, and the 40th Senate district, which is held by Democrat Denise Ducheny.
















In popular culture

  • Dimmsdale is a fictional city located in Imperial County that is shown on the Nickelodeon animated series The Fairly OddParents.
  • Scenes for the 2006 film Borat! were filmed in Imperial County, but were not used in the finished film.
  • The majority of Jarhead was filmed in the Imperial Valley.
  • Scenes from Star Wars were filmed in the Imperial Valley sand dunes.
  • Scenes from Top Gun were also filmed in the Imperial Valley.

External links

Coordinates: 33°02′N 115°21′W / 33.04, -115.35

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