Imperial County, CA

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2022 Population
179,578
0.263% 1-year decline
US Senator
Alex Padilla
Democratic Party
US Senator
Laphonza Butler
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
32.6
0.308% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
21.1%
0.0524% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$53,847
9.72% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$256,000
16.5% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
60,537
3.65% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Imperial County, CA had a population of 180k people with a median age of 32.6 and a median household income of $53,847. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Imperial County, CA declined from 180,051 to 179,578, a −0.263% decrease and its median household income grew from $49,078 to $53,847, a 9.72% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Imperial County, CA are Other (Hispanic) (34.8%), White (Hispanic) (29.9%), Two+ (Hispanic) (19.5%), White (Non-Hispanic) (9.57%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (2.27%).

None of the households in Imperial County, CA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

85.5% of the residents in Imperial County, CA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Imperial County, CA are Imperial Valley College (115861) (2,614 degrees awarded in 2022) and CET-El Centro (175 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Imperial County, CA was $256,000, and the homeownership rate was 57.7%.

Most people in Imperial County, CA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Imperial County, CA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Imperial County, CA is home to a population of 180k people, from which 85.5% are citizens. As of 2022, 30.5% of Imperial County, CA residents were born outside of the country (54.9k people).

In 2022, there were 1.16 times more Other (Hispanic) residents (62.5k people) in Imperial County, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 53.7k White (Hispanic) and 35k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

85.5%
2022 Citizenship
85.3%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 85.5% of Imperial County, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Imperial County, CA was 85.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Imperial County, CA
  1. Other (Hispanic)
    62.5k ± 3.36k
  2. White (Hispanic)
    53.7k ± 3.44k
  3. Two+ (Hispanic)
    35k ± 2.96k
85.4%
Hispanic Population
153k people

In 2022, there were 1.16 times more Other (Hispanic) residents (62.5k people) in Imperial County, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 53.7k White (Hispanic) and 35k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

85.4% of the people in Imperial County, CA are hispanic (153k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Imperial County, CA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    3,899,021 ± 46,015 people
  2. Philippines
    824,230 ± 22,055 people
  3. China
    685,370 ± 20,148 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 3,899,021 California residents, followed by Philippines with 824,230 and China with 685,370.

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Foreign-Born Population

30.5%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
54.9k people
29.9%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
53.9k people

As of 2022, 30.5% of Imperial County, CA residents (54.9k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Imperial County, CA was 29.9%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,638 ± 452
  2. Vietnam
    1,155 ± 299
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    856 ± 278

Imperial County, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.42 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Imperial County, CA employs 60.5k people. The largest industries in Imperial County, CA are Health Care & Social Assistance (9,088 people), Retail Trade (7,275 people), and Public Administration (6,451 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($83,420), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($73,157), and Public Administration ($72,998).

Males in California have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $75,777. The income inequality in California (measured using the Gini index) is 0.498, which is higher than than the national average.

Occupations

60.5k
2022 Value
± 2,360
3.65%
1 Year growth
± 5.23%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Imperial County, CA grew at a rate of 3.65%, from 58.4k employees to 60.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Imperial County, CA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,329 people), Sales & Related Occupations (5,591 people), and Healthcare Support Occupations (4,783 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Imperial County, CA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

60.5k
2022 Value
± 2,360
3.65%
1 Year growth
± 5.23%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Imperial County, CA grew at a rate of 3.65%, from 58.4k employees to 60.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Imperial County, CA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (9,088 people), Retail Trade (7,275 people), and Public Administration (6,451 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Imperial County, CA, though some of these residents may live in Imperial County, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$42,375
Median earning men ± $2,496
$27,273
Median earning women ± $1,962

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($92,268), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($65,104), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($47,325).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($53,472), Construction ($41,771), and Information ($41,172).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.57%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 17.9M people employed in California. This represents a 2.57% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 14%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in California.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 1,010
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 595
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 543
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Imperial County, CA went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 61.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (36.7%), followed by Other (1.46%).

Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler are the senators currently representing the state of California. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

California is currently represented by 52 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from California

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Alex Padilla
Senator from California3
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Kamala Harris, who had become Vice President of the United States.
Laphonza Butler
Senator from California1
Assumed office on October 3, 2023
Appointed to the seat following the death of Dianne Feinstein.

Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler are the senators currently representing California.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in California over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from California

California is currently represented by 52 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for California have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Imperial County, CA awarded 2,789 degrees. The student population of Imperial County, CA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 3,490 male students and 4,405 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Imperial County, CA are Hispanic or Latino (2,572 and 92.4%), followed by White (115 and 4.13%), Unknown (46 and 1.65%), and Black or African American (26 and 0.934%).

The largest universities in Imperial County, CA by number of degrees awarded are Imperial Valley College (115861) (2,614 and 93.7%) and CET-El Centro (175 and 6.27%).

The most popular majors in Imperial County, CA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (829 and 29.7%), Biological & Physical Sciences (299 and 10.7%), and Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (195 and 6.99%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 7,895 students enrolled in Imperial County, CA, 44.2% men and 55.8% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in Hispanic or Latino with 7,212 records, of which 56.9% were women and 43.1% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 170 degrees awarded
  2. 299 degrees awarded
  3. 237 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Imperial County, CA was Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration with 170 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Imperial County, CA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 2,614 degrees awarded
  2. 175 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Imperial Valley College (115861) with 2,614 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 1,190 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Imperial County, CA, which is 0.744 times less than the 1,599 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was Hispanic or Latino students. These 2,572 degrees mean that there were 22.4 times more degrees awarded to Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 115 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($1,104) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($22) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,125) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 2.08% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 2.26% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were Some college (6.9M), High School or Equivalent (6.8M), and Bachelors Degree (6.36M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Imperial County, CA was $256,000 in 2022, which is 0.908 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $219,800 to $256,000, a 16.5% increase. The homeownership rate in Imperial County, CA is 57.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Imperial County, CA have an average commute time of 22.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Imperial County, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Imperial County, CA is $53,847. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Imperial County, CA was Census Tract 118.01 with a value of $121,767, followed by Census Tract 108 and Census Tract 118.03, with respective values of $98,281 and $91,919.

In 2022, 26.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Imperial County, CA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.23%.

Property

$256,000
Median Property Value 2022
±$7,742
$27,122
Median Property Taxes
±$1,390

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Imperial County, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Imperial County, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

57.7%
Homeownership
2022
67%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 57.7% of the housing units in Imperial County, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 58%.

This chart shows the percentage of owner in Imperial County, CA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 118.01
  2. Census Tract 108
  3. Census Tract 118.03

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Imperial County, CA was Census Tract 118.01 with a value of $121,767, followed by Census Tract 108 and Census Tract 118.03, with respective values of $98,281 and $91,919.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Imperial County, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$53,847
Median Household Income
± $2,214
47k
Number of Households
± 1,927

In 2022, the median household income of the 47k households in Imperial County, CA grew to $53,847 from the previous year's value of $49,078.

The following chart displays the households in Imperial County, CA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Imperial County, CA is from California.
0.498
2022 Wage GINI in California
0.497
2021 Wage GINI in California

In 2022, the income inequality in California was 0.498 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.107% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (79.6%)
  2. Carpooled (8.72%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.89%)

In 2022, 79.6% of workers in Imperial County, CA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.72%) and those who worked at home (5.89%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

22.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Imperial County, CA have a shorter commute time (22.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 3.52% of the workforce in Imperial County, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Imperial County, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Imperial County, CA have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 26.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Imperial County, CA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.23%.

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Poverty & Diversity

21.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Imperial County, CA (36.1k out of 171k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 6 - 11, followed by Males < 5 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Imperial County, CA is Hispanic, followed by White and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 24.9% of the children was living in poverty in Imperial County, CA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 8.1%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 366 in Imperial County, CA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 40.1 per 100,000 population.

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Health

93.2% of the population of Imperial County, CA has health coverage, with 32.2% on employee plans, 44.6% on Medicaid, 7.43% on Medicare, 7.79% on non-group plans, and 1.15% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Imperial County, CA see 4027 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.346% decrease from the previous year (4041 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3108 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 565 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.5% were men and 50.5% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

4,027 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Imperial County, CA

Primary care physicians in Imperial County, CA see an average of 4,027 patients per year. This represents a 0.346% decrease from the previous year (4,041 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Imperial County, CA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 31.6% under 18 years, 21.7% between 18 and 34 years, 33% between 35 and 64 years, and 13.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.5% were men and 50.5% were women.

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Uninsured People

6.83%
Uninsured
32.2%
Employer Coverage
44.6%
Medicaid
7.43%
Medicare
7.79%
Non-Group
1.15%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Imperial County, CA grew by 3.51% from 6.6% to 6.83%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 34.3 in Imperial County, CA.

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Health Behaviors

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In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 35.9% in Imperial County, CA.

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Clinical Care

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In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 9.65% in Imperial County, CA.

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