El Centro, California

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Population in 2019: 44,079 (100% urban, 0% rural).
Population change since 2000: +16.5%
 
Males: 21,787  (49.4%)
Females: 22,292  (50.6%)
Median resident age:

32.8 years
California median age:

37.0 years

Zip codes: 92243, 92251.

El Centro Zip Code Map
Estimated median household income in 2019: $48,718 (it was $33,161 in 2000)
El Centro:

$48,718
CA:

$80,440

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $20,310 (it was $13,874 in 2000)

El Centro city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $225,848 (it was $97,700 in 2000)
El Centro:

$225,848
CA:

$568,500

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $223,801; detached houses: $241,520; townhouses or other attached units: $273,627; in 2-unit structures: $138,113; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $194,976; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $243,319; mobile homes: $68,808; occupied boats, rvs, vans, etc.: $60,084

Median gross rent in 2019: $783.

March 2019 cost of living index in El Centro: 93.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 24.8%
(14.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 43.1% for Black residents, 26.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 23.8% for American Indian residents, 30.1% for other race residents, 15.4% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in El Centro, CA (2019)
    • 38,91887.9%Hispanic
    • 3,5918.1%White alone
    • 1,0102.3%Asian alone
    • 6021.4%Black alone
    • 3310.7%Two or more races
    • 790.2%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 440.10%American Indian alone
    • 240.05%Other race alone

Races in El Centro detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of California and other state lists, there were 52 registered sex offenders living in El Centro, California as of September 22, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in El Centro is 850 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is near the state average.


Crime rates in El Centro by year

Type

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
3
(7.3)
0
(0.0)
1
(2.5)
1
(2.4)
2
(4.6)
2
(4.6)
1
(2.3)
0
(0.0)
1
(2.3)
1
(2.3)
4
(9.0)
1
(2.2)
3
(6.8)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
6
(15.0)
11
(26.9)
10
(25.1)
7
(17.4)
7
(16.9)
11
(25.5)
7
(16.0)
7
(16.2)
12
(27.6)
10
(22.7)
19
(43.0)
15
(33.7)
12
(26.9)
9
(20.3)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
59
(147.5)
31
(75.7)
52
(130.4)
36
(89.2)
45
(108.3)
36
(83.5)
40
(91.7)
54
(124.9)
59
(135.5)
56
(127.2)
55
(124.4)
45
(101.2)
29
(65.0)
41
(92.5)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
263
(657.6)
221
(539.6)
107
(268.4)
133
(329.7)
144
(346.7)
116
(269.1)
117
(268.1)
82
(189.6)
96
(220.5)
97
(220.3)
130
(294.0)
121
(272.2)
84
(188.3)
90
(203.1)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
721
(1,803)
710
(1,734)
509
(1,277)
570
(1,413)
672
(1,618)
695
(1,613)
734
(1,682)
416
(961.9)
406
(932.6)
493
(1,120)
506
(1,144)
409
(920.0)
439
(984.1)
228
(514.6)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
986
(2,465)
1,115
(2,722)
1,412
(3,542)
1,436
(3,560)
1,546
(3,722)
1,424
(3,304)
1,572
(3,602)
1,499
(3,466)
1,544
(3,547)
1,983
(4,503)
1,669
(3,775)
1,285
(2,890)
1,076
(2,412)
861
(1,943)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
266
(665.1)
247
(603.1)
309
(775.1)
251
(622.3)
190
(457.4)
165
(382.8)
171
(391.8)
124
(286.7)
145
(333.1)
191
(433.8)
139
(314.4)
126
(283.4)
110
(246.6)
95
(214.4)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
N/A7
(17.6)
9
(22.3)
13
(31.3)
15
(34.8)
9
(20.6)
3
(6.9)
8
(18.4)
11
(25.0)
10
(22.6)
11
(24.7)
8
(17.9)
7
(15.8)
City-Data.com crime index465.8445.2405.9402.7418.9384.3396.3321.9340.6398.1391.3332.5268.3229.1

The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 270.6. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

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City-data.com crime index in El Centro, CA

Crime rate in El Centro detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2019, including police officers: 68 (44 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

0.99
California average:

2.01
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Ancestries: American (1.2%).

Current Local Time: PST time zone

Elevation: -40 feet

Land area: 9.58 square miles.

Population density: 4,602 people per square mile   (average).

El Centro, California map

13,990 residents are foreign born (29.7% Latin America).

This city:

31.7%
California:

26.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $2,211 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $1,401 (1.0%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Yuma, AZ (55.2 miles , pop. 77,515).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: San Diego, CA (92.4 miles , pop. 1,223,400).

Nearest cities:

Anza, CA (1.9 miles ),
Imperial, CA (2.0 miles ),
Heber, CA (2.1 miles ),
Seeley, CA (2.8 miles ),
Calexico, CA (2.9 miles ),
Holtville, CA (3.2 miles ),
Brawley, CA (3.6 miles ),
Westmorland, CA (4.2 miles )

Latitude: 32.79 N, Longitude: 115.56 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +6,504 (+14.7%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 8,424 (53.9%)

Area code: 760

Distribution of median household income in El Centro, CA in 2019
Distribution of house value in El Centro, CA in 2019
El Centro satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

13.8%
California:

7.9%
Unemployment by year
Historical population in El Centro, CA
Historical housing units in El Centro, CA

Population change in the 1990s: +4,351 (+13.0%).
Most common industries in El Centro, CA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Public administration (12.4%)
  • Educational services (11.6%)
  • Health care (8.0%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (7.9%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.4%)
  • Construction (4.8%)
  • Social assistance (3.9%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Public administration (14.5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (10.7%)
  • Construction (7.5%)
  • Educational services (6.6%)
  • Health care (4.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.1%)
  • Truck transportation (4.0%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (17.5%)
  • Health care (11.8%)
  • Public administration (9.9%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.2%)
  • Social assistance (6.8%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (4.6%)
  • Finance & insurance (4.5%)
Most common occupations in El Centro, CA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (6.7%)
  • Law enforcement workers, including supervisors (5.1%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.0%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (3.9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.5%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.4%)
  • Cashiers (3.3%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (8.3%)
  • Law enforcement workers, including supervisors (8.2%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4.8%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (4.5%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.0%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.9%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (3.5%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (7.2%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (6.4%)
  • Cashiers (5.1%)
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (4.7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.6%)
  • Other teachers, instructors, education, training, and library occupations (4.4%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (4.0%)

Average climate in El Centro, California

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El Centro, California environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI CO NO2 SO2 Ozone PM10 PM2.5 Pb
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 187. This is significantly worse than average.

City:

187
U.S.:

74
Carbon Monoxide Level

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2018 was 0.325. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 0.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.325
U.S.:

0.267
Nitrogen Dioxide Level

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 8.90. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 0.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.90
U.S.:

5.56
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 0.606. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 0.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.606
U.S.:

1.789
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 33.1. This is about average. Closest monitor was 0.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

33.1
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 46.6. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 0.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

46.6
U.S.:

19.6
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 15.2. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 0.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

15.2
U.S.:

8.5
Lead Level

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 0.0112. This is about average. Closest monitor was 0.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.0112
U.S.:

0.0098

Earthquake activity:

El Centro-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above California state average. It is 5303% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/28/1992 at 11:57:34, a magnitude 7.6 (6.2 MB, 7.6 MS, 7.3 MW, Depth: 0.7 mi, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 111.7 miles away from the city center, causing 3 deaths (1 shaking deaths, 2 other deaths) and 400 injuries, causing $100,000,000 total damage and $40,000,000 insured losses
On 5/19/1940 at 04:36:40, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK) earthquake occurred 31.1 miles away from the city center, causing $33,000,000 total damage
On 12/31/1934 at 18:45:56, a magnitude 7.1 (7.1 UK) earthquake occurred 13.8 miles away from the city center
On 10/15/1979 at 23:16:54, a magnitude 7.0 (5.7 MB, 6.9 MS, 7.0 ML, 6.4 MW) earthquake occurred 5.1 miles away from the city center
On 10/16/1999 at 09:46:44, a magnitude 7.4 (6.3 MB, 7.4 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.3 ML) earthquake occurred 129.7 miles away from the city center
On 7/21/1952 at 11:52:14, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK) earthquake occurred 249.9 miles away from El Centro center, causing $50,000,000 total damage
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Imperial County (10) is smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Winter Storms: 3, Earthquakes: 2, Landslides: 2, Freeze: 1, Hurricane: 1, Storm: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
El Centro topographic map

Hospitals in El Centro:

  • EL CENTRO REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (Government - Local, provides emergency services, 1415 ROSS AVENUE)
  • HELPING HANDS-HOSPICE (1310 S IMPERIAL AVE)
  • HOMECHOICE HOSPICE SERVICES (2344 SOUTH 2ND SUITE A)
  • HOSPICE OF IMPERIAL VALLEY (300 S IMPERIAL AVENUE SUITE 15)
  • OLSTEN KIMBERLY QUALITY CARE (1850 W MAIN ST, SUITE C)

Nursing Homes in El Centro:

  • VALLEY CONVALESCENT CENTER (1700 S. IMPERIAL AVE)

Dialysis Facilities in El Centro:

  • FMC-EL CENTRO DESERT VALLEY DIALYSIS CENTER (110 S. FIFTH STREET)
  • FMC-IMPERIAL COUNTY (200 WAKE AVENUE)
  • FMC-IMPERIAL VALLEY HOME THERAPIES (2205 W. ROSS AVENUE, SUITE 3)

Home Health Centers in El Centro:

  • ACCENTCARE HOME HEALTH OF CALIFORNIA INC (2344 SOUTH 2ND, SUITE A)
  • GENTIVA HEALTH SERVICES (1503 NORTH IMPERIAL AVE, SUITE 106)
  • PCP HOME HEALTH SERVICES (1241 STATE STREET)

Airports and heliports located in El Centro:

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College/University in El Centro:

  • CET-El Centro (Full-time enrollment: 260; Location: 294 S 3rd St; Private, not-for-profit; Website: cetweb.org)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to El Centro:

  • Imperial Valley College (about 5 miles; Imperial, CA; Full-time enrollment: 5,313)
  • Arizona Western College (about 63 miles; Yuma, AZ; FT enrollment: 5,454)
  • Cuyamaca College (about 81 miles; El Cajon, CA; FT enrollment: 4,270)
  • College of the Desert (about 82 miles; Palm Desert, CA; FT enrollment: 5,686)
  • Grossmont College (about 85 miles; El Cajon, CA; FT enrollment: 10,461)
  • Southwestern College (about 85 miles; Chula Vista, CA; FT enrollment: 10,761)
  • San Diego State University (about 89 miles; San Diego, CA; FT enrollment: 27,516)

Public high schools in El Centro:

Biggest public elementary/middle schools in El Centro:

Private elementary/middle school in El Centro:

  • ST MARY S SCHOOL (Students: 232, Location: 700 S WATERMAN AVE, Grades: PK-8)
See full list of schools located in El Centro

Libraries in El Centro:

  • EL CENTRO PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $585,456; Location: 539 STATE ST.; 113,492 books; 793 audio materials; 2,972 video materials; 2 local licensed databases; 47 print serial subscriptions)
  • IMPERIAL COUNTY LIBRARY (Operating income: $286,488; Location: 1331 S. CLARK, BLDG 24; 45,630 books; 899 audio materials; 1,994 video materials; 3 local licensed databases; 1 state licensed databases; 53 print serial subscriptions)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • Cher was born in EL Centro May 20, 1946 (birth name: Cheryl Sarkisian LaPiere). Actor Ken Howard (The White Shadow TV series)was also born in El Centro March 28,1944. Actor Donal Logue (The Tao of Steve, The Patriot, Just Like Heaven)lived in El Centro and attended El Centro High School graduating in 1984.
  • KQVO is owned by San Diego State University and Is broadcasting KPBS-FM

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in El Centro: El Centro City Water Pollution Control Plant (A), Desert Trails Recreational Vehicle Park (B), City of El Centro Water Plant (C), Broken Spoke Country Club (D), Veterans Memorial Hall (E), Imperial County Law Library (F), Imperial County Jail (G), Imperial County Courthouse (H), El Centro Fire Department Station 1 Headquarters (I), El Centro Public Library (J), El Centro Community Center Branch el Centro Public Library (K), El Centro Community Center (L), Schaefer Ambulance Service (M), El Centro Fire Department Station 2 (N). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Valley Plaza Shopping Center (1), El Centro Center Shopping Center (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in El Centro include: Apostolic Church (A), Apostolic Church of Jesus (B), Central Baptist Church (C), Church of Christ (D), Church of God in Christ (E), Church of the Nazarene (F), Edwards Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (G), El Centro Korean Church (H), Emmanuel Asamblea de Dios Latina (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in El Centro include: Adams Park (1), Bucklin Park (2), Fraizer Field (3), McGee Park (4), North Park (5), Swarthout Field (6), West Main Park (7), West Park (8), Desert Gardens Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hotels: Best Western John Jay Inn (2352 South Fourth), Brunner's Restaurant (215 N Imperial Ave), Brunner's Inn & Suites (215 N Imperial Ave).

Court: Federal Bureau of Investigation - Senior Resident Agent (321 South Waterman Avenue).

Birthplace of: Cher - Singer, Ken Howard - Actor, Dino Cazares - Heavy metal guitarist, Polish brothers - Film director, Robert Thomas - 2005 NFL player (Green Bay Packers, born: Jul 17, 1980), Robert Thomas (linebacker) - College football player, Dan Hacker - Ice hockey player, Glenn Cadrez - Football player, Paul Serna - Baseball player, Tommy Hinkley - Film actor.

Imperial County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in El Centro and their reported violations in the past:

GORDON S WELL PARK # 2 (Address: B7939 Main Street , Population served: 50, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 3 regular monitoring violations

Drinking water stations with addresses in El Centro that have no violations reported:

  • OLD EUCALYPTUS SCHOOLHOUSE (Population served: 200, Primary Water Source Type: Surface water)
  • RED HILL MARINA (Population served: 30, Primary Water Source Type: Surface water)
  • WIEST LAKE (Population served: 30, Primary Water Source Type: Surface water)
  • SUNBEAM LAKE RV RESORT (Population served: 30, Primary Water Source Type: Purch surface water)
  • ONE-ELEVEN TRUCK PLAZA (Population served: 30, Primary Water Source Type: Surface water)
  • IVC DESERT MUSEUM SOCIETY INC. (Address: B7939 Main Street , Population served: 25, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This city:

3.2 people
California:

2.9 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

77.9%
Whole state:

68.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

6.6%
Whole state:

7.2%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

People in group quarters in El Centro in 2010:

  • 418 people in federal detention centers
  • 123 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 119 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 98 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 28 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 19 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 7 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 4 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)

People in group quarters in El Centro in 2000:

  • 557 people in federal prisons and detention centers
  • 112 people in nursing homes
  • 85 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 80 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 21 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 16 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 12 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 4 people in religious group quarters

Banks with branches in El Centro (2011 data):

  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: El Centro Branch at 1200 West Main Street, branch established on 1980/03/21; Vons-El Centro at 750 North Imperial Avenue, branch established on 1995/08/21. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • Rabobank, National Association: El Centro (In Store Branch) Branch at 2150 North Waterman Ave., branch established on 2008/06/01; El Centro Main at 1448 Main Street, branch established on 1981/03/19. Info updated 2011/01/27: Bank assets: $11,745.0 mil, Deposits: $8,446.0 mil, headquarters in Roseville, CA, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 124 total offices, Holding Company: Cooperatieve Centrale Raiffeisen-Boerenleenbank B.A., "rabobank Nederland
  • Bank of America, National Association: El Centro Branch at 1414 Main Street, branch established on 1925/03/26. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation
  • Desert Commercial Bank: El Centro Branch at 1599 West Main Street, branch established on 2006/05/18. Info updated 2008/01/18: Bank assets: $140.9 mil, Deposits: $125.7 mil, headquarters in Palm Desert, CA, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 2 total offices
  • Community Valley Bank: at 1443 Main Street, branch established on 2007/10/01. Info updated 2012/03/22: Bank assets: $86.6 mil, Deposits: $74.9 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 2 total offices
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association: North Cottonwood Drive Branch at 2303 North Cottonwood Drive, branch established on 2002/07/01. Info updated 2011/11/10: Bank assets: $1,811,678.0 mil, Deposits: $1,190,738.0 mil, headquarters in Columbus, OH, positive income, International Specialization, 5577 total offices, Holding Company: Jpmorgan Chase & Co.
  • Union Bank, National Association: El Centro Branch at 576 W Main Street, branch established on 1912/05/17. Info updated 2011/09/01: Bank assets: $88,967.5 mil, Deposits: $65,286.4 mil, headquarters in San Francisco, CA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 403 total offices, Holding Company: Mitsubishi Ufj Financial Group, Inc.

For population 15 years and over in El Centro:

Marital status in El Centro, CA
  • Never married: 33.8%
  • Now married: 47.0%
  • Separated: 4.9%
  • Widowed: 6.3%
  • Divorced: 8.0%

For population 25 years and over in El Centro:

  • High school or higher: 69.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 17.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.4%
  • Unemployed: 8.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.6 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

18.3
California average:

14.9

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2019
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - El Centro
Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for El Centro, CA (based on Imperial County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic49,22612
Evangelical Protestant12,70780
Other3,63314
Mainline Protestant1,13712
Black Protestant6695
None107,156-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 40
Imperial County:

2.49 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Imperial County:

0.06 / 10,000 pop.
California:

0.04 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 10
Here:

0.62 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.62 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 52
Imperial County:

3.23 / 10,000 pop.
California:

1.49 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 78
Imperial County:

4.85 / 10,000 pop.
California:

7.42 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Imperial County:

6.9%
California:

7.3%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

25.4%
California:

21.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Imperial County:

16.6%
California:

17.9%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
El Centro:

47.6%
California:

49.4%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

47.2%
State:

48.0%

Average BMI:
This city:

28.3
California:

28.1

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

23.3%
State:

20.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
El Centro:

10.2%
California:

11.2%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.7
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
El Centro:

32.7%
California:

31.5%

General health condition:
El Centro:

54.0%
State:

56.4%

Average condition of hearing:
El Centro:

81.2%
California:

80.9%

More about Health and Nutrition of El Centro, CA Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Hospitals 827$3,840,036$55,720192$337,942
Police Protection - Officers 48$316,700$79,1751$3,339
Firefighters 37$231,559$75,1000$0
Police - Other 24$92,331$46,16621$16,333
Other and Unallocable 22$103,571$56,4935$6,895
Water Supply 19$100,599$63,5361$2,460
Other Government Administration 18$92,911$61,9412$4,623
Sewerage 17$114,800$81,0351$3,073
Streets and Highways 15$75,693$60,5540$0
Parks and Recreation 11$49,323$53,80720$25,345
Financial Administration 10$60,395$72,4740$0
Local Libraries 5$23,700$56,8805$9,716
Housing and Community Development (Local) 4$21,412$64,2360$0
Health 3$9,369$37,4761$3,193
Fire - Other 3$9,995$39,9800$0
Judicial and Legal 1$8,091$97,0920$0
Totals for Government 1,064$5,150,486$58,088249$412,920

El Centro government finances - Expenditure in 2018 (per resident):

  • Construction - Hospitals: $15,688,000 ($355.91)
    Regular Highways: $4,573,000 ($103.75)
    Housing and Community Development: $2,668,000 ($60.53)
    Parks and Recreation: $2,087,000 ($47.35)
    Police Protection: $911,000 ($20.67)
    Water Utilities: $776,000 ($17.60)
    Sewerage: $564,000 ($12.80)
    Local Fire Protection: $142,000 ($3.22)
  • Current Operations - Hospitals: $150,536,000 ($3415.14)
    Police Protection: $9,454,000 ($214.48)
    Local Fire Protection: $6,563,000 ($148.89)
    Sewerage: $5,311,000 ($120.49)
    Water Utilities: $5,055,000 ($114.68)
    Central Staff Services: $4,008,000 ($90.93)
    Parks and Recreation: $3,216,000 ($72.96)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $2,006,000 ($45.51)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,886,000 ($42.79)
    Regular Highways: $1,719,000 ($39.00)
    Financial Administration: $607,000 ($13.77)
    Transit Utilities: $274,000 ($6.22)
    Housing and Community Development: $250,000 ($5.67)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $10,516,000 ($238.57)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Health - Other: $6,015,000 ($136.46)
    General - Other: $1,674,000 ($37.98)
    Hospitals: $1,444,000 ($32.76)
    Regular Highways: $1,343,000 ($30.47)
    Sewerage: $1,097,000 ($24.89)
    Transit Utilities: $444,000 ($10.07)
    Water Utilities: $164,000 ($3.72)
    Central Staff Services: $122,000 ($2.77)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $42,000 ($0.95)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $1,233,000 ($27.97)

El Centro government finances - Revenue in 2018 (per resident):

  • Charges - Hospital Public: $313,603,000 ($7114.57)
    Sewerage: $9,765,000 ($221.53)
    Other: $3,881,000 ($88.05)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,863,000 ($42.27)
    Parks and Recreation: $321,000 ($7.28)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $1,747,000 ($39.63)
    Sewerage: $800,000 ($18.15)
    Housing and Community Development: $662,000 ($15.02)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $1,182,000 ($26.82)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $6,610,000 ($149.96)
    Special Assessments: $2,002,000 ($45.42)
    General Revenue - Other: $1,205,000 ($27.34)
    Fines and Forfeits: $941,000 ($21.35)
    Royalties: $89,000 ($2.02)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $8,969,000 ($203.48)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $1,214,000 ($27.54)
    Highways: $897,000 ($20.35)
    Health and Hospitals: $476,000 ($10.80)
    Other: $100,000 ($2.27)
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $20,770,000 ($471.20)
    Property: $7,836,000 ($177.77)
    Other Selective Sales: $1,862,000 ($42.24)
    Other License: $424,000 ($9.62)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $355,000 ($8.05)
    Public Utilities Sales: $298,000 ($6.76)
    Other: $277,000 ($6.28)
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $83,000 ($1.88)

El Centro government finances - Debt in 2018 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $398,970,000 ($9051.25)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $253,608,000 ($5753.49)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $245,297,000 ($5564.94)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $99,935,000 ($2267.18)

El Centro government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $113,921,000 ($2584.47)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $50,528,000 ($1146.31)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $26,617,000 ($603.85)

3.73% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($33,923 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.73%
California average:

5.03%

0.03% of residents moved from foreign countries ($464 average AGI)
Imperial County:

0.03%
California average:

0.07%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from San Diego County, CA  0.74% ($43,985 average AGI)
from Riverside County, CA  0.73% ($27,962)
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.33% ($28,601)


4.92% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($41,708 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.92%
California average:

5.21%

0.63% of residents moved to foreign countries ($8,215 average AGI)
Imperial County:

0.63%
California average:

0.09%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to San Diego County, CA  0.92% ($44,971 average AGI)
to Riverside County, CA  0.66% ($32,424)
to Yuma County, AZ  0.36% ($35,680)
Businesses in El Centro, CA
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven4Hot Topic1
99 Cents Only Stores1JCPenney1
AT&T2Jones New York4
Aeropostale1Journeys1
American Eagle Outfitters1Justice1
Applebee's1KFC1
AutoZone2Kmart1
Bakers1Kroger1
Bath & Body Works1Lane Furniture1
Bed Bath & Beyond1Little Caesars Pizza1
Best Western1Lowe's1
Brunswick Bowling & Billiards1Macy's1
Burger King2Marriott2
Burlington Coat Factory1McDonald's3
Carl\s Jr.2Motherhood Maternity2
Charlotte Russe1New York & Co1
Chevrolet1Nike2
Chuck E. Cheese's1Old Navy1
Church's Chicken1Pac Sun1
Circle K1Payless3
Cold Stone Creamery1Penske1
Comfort Inn1RadioShack1
Costco1Rite Aid1
Dairy Queen1SONIC Drive-In1
Dennys2Sears2
Discount Tire2Skechers USA1
Domino's Pizza1Spencer Gifts1
El Pollo Loco1Sprint Nextel4
Express1Staples2
FedEx5Starbucks3
Finish Line1T-Mobile4
Foot Locker1Taco Bell2
GNC2Target1
GameStop2U-Haul1
Gap1UPS10
Gymboree1Vans6
H&R Block2Verizon Wireless1
Holiday Inn1Vons1
Hollister Co.1Walmart1
Home Depot1Wendy's1
Honda1Wet Seal1

Strongest AM radio stations in El Centro:

  • KXO (1230 AM; 1 kW; EL CENTRO, CA; Owner: KXO, INC.)
  • KWST (1430 AM; 1 kW; EL CENTRO, CA; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KICO (1490 AM; 1 kW; CALEXICO, CA; Owner: HANSON BROADCASTING CO. OF CALIFORNIA)
  • KFMB (760 AM; 50 kW; SAN DIEGO, CA; Owner: MIDWEST TELEVISION, INC.)
  • KCBQ (1170 AM; 50 kW; SAN DIEGO, CA; Owner: RADIO 1210, INC.)
  • KROP (1300 AM; 1 kW; BRAWLEY, CA; Owner: COMMONWEALTH LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, LLC)
  • KLAC (570 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KPLS (830 AM; 50 kW; ORANGE, CA; Owner: CRN LICENSES, LLC)
  • KFI (640 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KSPN (710 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: KABC-AM RADIO, INC.)
  • KTNQ (1020 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: KTNQ-AM LICENSE CORP.)
  • KPRZ (1210 AM; 20 kW; SAN MARCOS, CA; Owner: RADIO 1210, INC.)
  • KFWB (980 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in El Centro:

  • KXO-FM (107.5 FM; EL CENTRO, CA; Owner: KXO, INC.)
  • KGBA (100.1 FM; HOLTVILLE, CA; Owner: THE VOICE OF INTERNATONAL CHRISTIAN EVANGELISM, INC.)
  • KUBO (88.7 FM; CALEXICO, CA; Owner: RADIO BILINGUE, INC.)
  • KMXX (99.3 FM; IMPERIAL, CA; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KQVO (97.7 FM; CALEXICO, CA; Owner: HANSON BROADCASTING CO. OF CALIFORNIA)
  • KSEH (94.5 FM; BRAWLEY, CA; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KSIQ (96.1 FM; BRAWLEY, CA; Owner: COMMONWEALTH LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, LLC)
  • KZAL (105.5 FM; DESERT CENTER, CA; Owner: WORLDWIDE MULTI-MEDIA B/C CO.)
  • KLVJ (100.1 FM; JULIAN, CA; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • KSSB (100.9 FM; CALIPATRIA, CA; Owner: PHILLIP J. PLANK)

TV broadcast stations around El Centro:

  • K56GC (Channel 56; EL CENTRO-HOLTVILLE, CA; Owner: INSPIRATION TELEVISION, INC.)
  • K36FO (Channel 36; CALEXICO, CA; Owner: BROADCAST GROUP, LTD.)
Fatal accident count
See more detailed statistics of El Centro fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2019 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 33Number of bridges
  • 230ft / 70.5mTotal length
  • 418,252Total average daily traffic
  • 36,863Total average daily truck traffic
  • 391,407Total future (year 2036) average daily traffic
New bridges in El Centro, CA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11900-1909
  • 31940-1949
  • 221960-1969
  • 31970-1979
  • 21990-1999
  • 22010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for El Centro, CA
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in El Centro)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 230 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in El Centro, CA)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 6 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 45 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 72 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 10 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 111 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in El Centro)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 53 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in El Centro)
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 6 full and 4 partial tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED156$127,29659$105,27289$163,72612$68,67743$79,3570$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED15$113,3895$93,21016$187,8681$142,3505$75,8660$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED26$126,85229$66,984102$143,90014$39,69223$92,31717$57,703
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN47$136,6069$106,20058$165,7348$112,99011$122,7221$184,720
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS4$127,9082$27,99515$166,7482$105,2653$115,5602$40,200
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004

Detailed mortgage data for all 9 tracts in El Centro, CA

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 full and 4 partial tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED4$164,9781$252,980
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$03$201,333
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$138,5400$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS1$111,0000$0
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in El Centro, CA
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in El Centro, CA - Value

2005 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2005 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 149. The highest number of reported fire incidents - 289 took place in 2015, and the least - 15 in 2009. The data has an increasing trend.
    Fire incident types in El Centro, CA When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Outside Fires (58.5%), and Structure Fires (25.7%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in El Centro, CA
    • 1,21858.5%Outside Fires
    • 53425.7%Structure Fires
    • 27113.0%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 582.8%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for El Centro, CA

Fire-safe hotels and motels in El Centro, California:

  • Executive Inn Of El Centro, 725 State St, El Centro, California 92243 , Phone: (760) 352-8500
  • Travelodge El Centro, 2015 Cottonwood Cir, El Centro, California 92243 , Phone: (760) 352-9700, Fax: (760) 353-7620
  • American Best Value Inn & Suites, 455 Wake Ave, El Centro, California 92243 , Phone: (760) 352-6620, Fax: (760) 353-9747
  • Econo Lodge, 330 N Imperial Ave, El Centro, California 92243 , Phone: (760) 353-0030, Fax: (760) 352-3223
  • Motel 6, 395 Smoketree Dr, El Centro, California 92243 , Phone: (760) 353-6766, Fax: (760) 337-1123
  • Clarion Inn, 1455 Ocotillo Ave, El Centro, California 92243 , Phone: (760) 352-5152, Fax: (760) 337-1567
  • Comfort Inn & Suites, 2354 S 4th St, El Centro, California 92243 , Phone: (561) 845-8899, Fax: (760) 335-3505
  • Howard Johnson El Centro, 1575 Ocotillo Dr, El Centro, California 92243 , Phone: (760) 336-2927, Fax: (760) 336-2959
  • 6 other hotels and motels
All 14 fire-safe hotels and motels in El Centro, California
Most common first names in El Centro, CA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Maria14874.2 years
John13974.0 years
James12972.5 years
Jose12770.1 years
William11272.9 years
Robert10771.5 years
Mary9077.2 years
Charles7275.3 years
George6475.5 years
Frank6073.7 years
Most common last names in El Centro, CA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Lopez7673.3 years
Garcia7573.8 years
Smith5775.2 years
Hernandez4671.4 years
Gonzalez4472.1 years
Rodriguez4372.7 years
Martinez4072.8 years
Johnson3972.5 years
Jones3771.4 years
Brown3675.6 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in El Centro, CA
  • 65.4%Electricity
  • 29.6%Utility gas
  • 3.1%No fuel used
  • 1.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.3%Solar energy
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in El Centro, CA
  • 80.7%Electricity
  • 14.4%Utility gas
  • 4.0%No fuel used
  • 0.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


El Centro compared to California state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.

El Centro on our top lists:

  • #8 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the smallest percentage of high school students in private schools (3,000+ students)"
  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest racial income disparity between any two races with at least 200 householders"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the smallest percentage of elementary and middle school students in private schools (5,000+ students)"
  • #56 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in federal prisons and detention centers (population 1,000+)"
  • #59 (92243) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Swiss first ancestries (pop 5,000+)"
  • #1 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest lead air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #8 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of births per 1000 residents 2007-2013"
  • #27 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #37 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest decrease in the number of deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
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