El Centro, California Population 2022

44,666
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El Centro is a city located in Imperial County California. It is also the county seat of Imperial County. With a 2020 population of 44,666, it is the 208th largest city in California and the 995th largest city in the United States. El Centro is currently growing at a rate of 0.39% annually and its population has increased by 0.78% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 44,322 in 2020. Spanning over 12 miles, El Centro has a population density of 3,881 people per square mile.

The average household income in El Centro is $65,899 with a poverty rate of 24.17%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $821 per month, and the median house value is $210,100. The median age in El Centro is 32.9 years, 30.5 years for males, and 35.1 years for females.

El Centro Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of El Centrowas:

  • Other race: 45.51%
  • White: 35.89%
  • Two or more races: 12.63%
  • Black or African American: 2.73%
  • Asian: 1.90%
  • Native American: 1.08%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.26%
The current population of El Centro, California is 44,666 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 44,322.

El Centro, California Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

El Centro Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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El Centro Population by Race

El Centro Population Pyramid 2022

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El Centro Median Age

31.9


Total

29.2


Male

34


Female

El Centro Adults

There are 30,323 adults, (5,824 of whom are seniors) in El Centro.

El Centro Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

23.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

55.3

Child Dependency Ratio

El Centro Sex Ratio

Female

22,264

50.74%

Male

21,617

49.26%

El Centro Population by Age

El Centro Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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El Centro Household Types

49.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

El Centro Households and Families

4.2

Average Family Size

3.7

Average Household Size

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El Centro Households by Type

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El Centro Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

El Centro Educational Attainment by Race

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 46.67%.

El Centro Educational Attainment by Race

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$29,662

Average Earnings

$32,387

Average Male

$24,799

Average Female

El Centro Earnings by Educational Attainment

El Centro Language by Age

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El Centro Language

24.92% of El Centro residents speak only English, while 75.08% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 73.41% of the population.

El Centro Language

El Centro Poverty by Race

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24.17%

Overall Poverty Rate

20.26%

Male Poverty Rate

27.93%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in El Centro

The race most likely to be in poverty in El Centro is Native, with 50.11% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in El Centro is Other, with NaN% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.90%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.27%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 31.96%.

El Centro Poverty

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El Centro Poverty Rate by Education

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El Centro Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

El Centro Income by Household Type

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Income by Household Type

El Centro Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

42.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.5%

Male Marriage Rate

38.9%

Female Marriage Rate

El Centro Married by Age and Sex

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El Centro Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

El Centro Marital Status by Race

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El Centro Marital Status

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1,542

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

El Centro Veterans by War

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El Centro Veterans by Age

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El Centro Veterans by Race

El Centro Veterans by Education

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6.97%

Veteran Poverty Rate

41.54%

Veteran Disability Rate

El Centro Veterans by Education

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56.8%

Labor Force Participation

49.9%

Employment Rate

12.1%

Unemployment Rate

El Centro Employment by Age

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El Centro Employment by Race

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El Centro Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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62.20%

Born in El Centro

72.13%

Native Born

27.87%

Foreign Born

14.15%

Non Citizen

13.72%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

72.13% of El Centro residents were born in the United States, with 62.20% having been born in California. 14.15% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

El Centro Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected

El Centro Population by Year