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El Centro, California - Basic Facts

The City of El Centro had a population of 44,465 as of July 1, 2017. El Centro ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for El Centro is located at latitude 32.7873 and longitude -115.558 in Imperial County. The formal boundaries for the City of El Centro (see map below) encompass a land area of 11.08 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Imperial County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is -39 feet.

The City of El Centro (GNIS ID: 2410409) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of El Centro is located within El Centro CCD of Imperial County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with El Centro population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for El Centro: Cabarker.

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El Centro, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 44,465
Population in Households 43,764
Population in Familes 38,862
Population in Group Qrtrs 701
Population Density1 4,012
Diversity Index2 74


Total Households 13,650
Average Household Size 3.21
Family Households 10,594
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 15,142 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,541 (43.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,109 (46.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,492 ( 9.9%)
Median Home Value $186,398
Average Home Value $236,705


Median Household Income $41,642
Average Household Income $62,403
Per Capita Income $19,861
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.59% 0.6%
Households 0.56% 0.56%
Families 0.51% 0.54%
Median Household Income   0.68%
Per Capita Income   2.23%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

El Centro, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares El Centro to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 207 86th
Population Density1 # 314 79th
Diversity Index2 # 529 65th
Median Household Income # 1165 23rd
Per Capita Income # 1173 23rd

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