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Imperial Beach, California - Basic Facts

The City of Imperial Beach had a population of 27,598 as of July 1, 2019. Imperial Beach ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Imperial Beach is located at latitude 32.5839 and longitude -117.1131 in San Diego County. The formal boundaries for the City of Imperial Beach encompass a land area of 4.16 sq. miles and a water area of 0.32 sq. miles. San Diego County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 20 feet.

The City of Imperial Beach (GNIS ID: 2410098) 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 Beach is located within San Diego CCD of San Diego County.


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Imperial Beach, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Imperial Beach, CA Housing Affordability Index is 54
State of California Housing Affordability Index is 67
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Imperial Beach, CA Wealth Index is 56
State of California Wealth Index is 123
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 27,598 (100%)
Population in Households 26,967 (97.7%)
Population in Families 21,694 (78.6%)
Population in Group Quarters1 631 ( 2.3%)
Population Density 6,419
Diversity Index2 82
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $55,626
Average Household Income $72,194
Per Capita Income $25,018
Wealth Index4 56

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 10,200 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,953 (29.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,604 (64.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 642 ( 6.3%)
Median Home Value $522,485
Housing Affordability Index3 54
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 9,558
Average Household Size 2.82
Family Households 6,519
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.51% 0.54%
Households 0.52% 0.5%
Families 0.52% 0.55%
Median Household Income   2.76%
Per Capita Income   3.38%

Imperial Beach, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Imperial Beach to the other 1,521 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 278 82nd
Population Density # 166 89th
Diversity Index # 330 78th
Median Household Income # 934 39th
Per Capita Income # 1038 32nd

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