Imperial Beach, CA Profile: Facts & Data


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Imperial Beach, California - Basic Facts

The City of Imperial Beach had a population of 27,503 as of July 1, 2018. 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, 2018)


Total Population 27,503
Population in Households 26,859
Population in Familes 21,742
Population in Group Qrtrs 644
Population Density2 6,609
Diversity Index3 81


Median Household Income $49,041
Average Household Income $63,725
Per Capita Income $22,349


Total Housing Units 10,299 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,794 (27.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,716 (65.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 788 ( 7.7%)
Median Home Value $447,006
Average Home Value $531,637


Total Households 9,511
Average Household Size 2.82
Family Households 6,493
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.53% 0.62%
Households 0.52% 0.58%
Families 0.54% 0.64%
Median Household Income   2.2%
Per Capita Income   3.38%

Imperial Beach, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Imperial Beach 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 # 280 82nd
Population Density # 159 90th
Diversity Index # 326 79th
Median Household Income # 1034 32nd
Per Capita Income # 1107 27th

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