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El Centro, California - Basic Facts

The City of El Centro had a population of 44,497 as of July 1, 2018. 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, 2018.

Alternate Unofficial Names for El Centro: Cabarker.

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El Centro, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 44,497
Population in Households 43,800
Population in Familes 39,062
Population in Group Qrtrs 697
Population Density2 4,015
Diversity Index3 74


Median Household Income $44,154
Average Household Income $65,667
Per Capita Income $20,903


Total Housing Units 15,162 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,122 (47.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,564 (43.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,476 ( 9.7%)
Median Home Value $202,388
Average Home Value $261,659


Total Households 13,686
Average Household Size 3.2
Family Households 10,626
Average Family Size 4
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.53% 0.56%
Households 0.52% 0.54%
Families 0.49% 0.53%
Median Household Income   3.1%
Per Capita Income   3.43%

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, 2018 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 Density # 318 79th
Diversity Index # 536 65th
Median Household Income # 1146 24th
Per Capita Income # 1168 23rd

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