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Overview
Population:47,762
Pop. Change:6%
State: California
Metro Area: El Centro Metro Area
County: Imperial County
City: El Centro
Zip Code:El Centro (zip 92243)
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El Centro's Real Estate Market
 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes
 • Median Condominiums


El Centro Metro Area

Profile: Small agricultural city

Location: Southern California, near the Mexican border

Elevation: –45

Time zone: Pacific Standard Time

PROCON
Pleasant wintersSummer heat
Cultural diversityLow educational attainment
Low crime rateIsolation

And as we look closer at this isolated deep-desert irrigation-supported agricultural community, there seems to be some hope for strong future employment, but there isn’t a lot else to cheer about in El Centro. El Centro is a dry, dusty, agricultural center in the vast Imperial Valley, which is irrigated by the Colorado River. Although the name in Spanish translates to “the center,” El Centro isn’t in the center of very much except for several hundred square miles of flat irrigated agricultural land and surrounding desert. The city is 115 miles east of San Diego and only 12 miles north of the Mexican border. Employment is dominated by agriculture, agricultural transportation, and some government jobs; farm workers make up a sizeable portion of the population. .Combined educational attainment is lowest in the country. There have been mostly unsuccessful attempts to establish retirement communities in the area, but the valley is physically unattractive, has extreme unemployment, and little to do for retirees or those in the workforce. Points scored for future employment, winter climate, and a relatively low reported crime rate for the region and profile probably kept El Centro off the bottom of our list.

The southerly latitude and negative elevation give important clues as to the climate of El Centro – hot. In fact, temperatures over 90[dg]F are experienced during over half the days each year. Warm air is trapped and compressed in this mountain-surrounded valley, and the results can be made more uncomfortable by irrigation-sourced humidity. Winter weather, on the other hand, is pleasant, with moderately warm 70 and 80 degree days and desert-cool evenings.

Interesting Facts about El Centro (zip 92243), California

As of 2014, El Centro (zip 92243)'s population is 47,762 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 6.01 percent.

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The median home cost in El Centro (zip 92243) is $134,600. Home appreciation the last year has been 13.30 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, El Centro (zip 92243)'s cost of living is 0.90% Higher than the U.S. average.

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El Centro (zip 92243) public schools spend $11,216 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 21.5 students per teacher in El Centro (zip 92243).

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The unemployment rate in El Centro (zip 92243) is 20.40 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. El Centro (zip 92243) jobs have Increased by 2.11 percent.


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Map Of El_Centro

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Average Commute time is 19 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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El Centro (zip 92243)'s Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes


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