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Imperial, California - Basic Facts

The City of Imperial had a population of 18,056 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Imperial is located at latitude 32.8375 and longitude -115.5719 in Imperial County. The formal boundaries for the City of Imperial (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.86 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Imperial County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is -59 feet.

The City of Imperial (GNIS ID: 2410097) 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 Imperial is located within Imperial CCD of Imperial County.

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

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


Total Population 18,056
Daytime Population: Workers 4,668
Daytime Population: Residents 10,990
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 15,658
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.87
Population in Households 18,030
Population in Familes 16,358
Population in Group Qrtrs 26
Population Density2 3,083
Diversity Index3 75


Median Household Income $60,257
Average Household Income $77,471
Per Capita Income $23,278


Total Housing Units 5,764 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,706 (64.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,658 (28.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 399 ( 6.9%)
Median Home Value $219,782
Average Home Value $249,413


Total Households 5,365
Average Household Size 3.36
Family Households 4,403
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 2.82% 2.01%
Households 2.76% 1.93%
Families 2.73% 1.92%
Median Household Income   1.58%
Per Capita Income   2.57%

Imperial, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Imperial 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 # 369 76th
Population Density # 443 71st
Diversity Index # 521 66th
Median Household Income # 658 57th
Per Capita Income # 1029 32nd

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