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El Centro is a city in Imperial County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for its central location in the Imperial Valley

The latitude of El Centro is 32.791N. The longitude is -115.562W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is -39 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 37,985.


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Median household income
Local
$33,161
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our El Centro demographic reports
El Centro is in the Imperial Valley
Former and merged names include:
· Cabarker
Because of its location near rail lines and Highway 80 and 99, became a shipping center for vegetables
Winter training grounds of the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels flight squadron
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 325. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 8.5 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1986 movie, "Sid and Nancy"
· 2007 movie, "Into the Wild"
Well-known residents have included:
· Cher, singer and actress
· Ken Howard, actor
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Performing arts: Imperial Valley Symphony
Nearby parks & recreation: Imperial Sand Dunes, Heber Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area
Historic sites and museums: Alford Auto Museum
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 79

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4% of El Centro residents report German ancestry, and 4% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the El Centro ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in El Centro was $13,874, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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14% of El Centro residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in El Centro, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $454.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,072.


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Libraries in El Centro include Community Center Branch Library, El Centro Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in El Centro include Imperial Valley Press

TV stations in El Centro include KECY, KVYE.

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Imperial County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our El Centro political report.

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The average commute time for El Centro workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 5 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in El Centro between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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