Imperial Beach, California Population 2021

27,596
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Imperial Beach is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 27,596, it is the 256th largest city in California and the 1395th largest city in the United States. Imperial Beach is currently growing at a rate of 0.28% annually and its population has increased by 4.83% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 26,324 in 2010. Imperial Beach reached it's highest population of 27,596 in 2021. Spanning over 4 miles, Imperial Beach has a population density of 6,418 people per square mile.

The average household income in Imperial Beach is $67,808 with a poverty rate of 18.87%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,459 per month, and the median house value is $563,600. The median age in Imperial Beach is 32.5 years, 32.6 years for males, and 32.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 106.8 males.

Imperial Beach Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Imperial Beach was:

  • White: 72.22%
  • Asian: 9.08%
  • Two or more races: 6.92%
  • Other race: 5.29%
  • Black or African American: 5.23%
  • Native American: 1.24%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.01%
The current population of Imperial Beach, California is 27,596, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 27,362.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 26,324.

Imperial Beach, California Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White19,72772.22%
Asian2,4819.08%
Two or More Races1,8906.92%
Some Other Race1,4465.29%
Black or African American1,4295.23%
American Indian and Alaska Native3381.24%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander40.01%
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Imperial Beach Population by Race

Imperial Beach Population Pyramid 2021

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Imperial Beach Median Age

32.5


Total

32.6


Male

32.4


Female

Imperial Beach Adults

There are 20,747 adults, (3,102 of whom are seniors) in Imperial Beach.

Imperial Beach Age Dependency

54.8

Age Dependency Ratio

17.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Imperial Beach Sex Ratio

Female

13,206

48.35%

Male

14,109

51.65%

Imperial Beach Population by Age

Imperial Beach Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Imperial Beach Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married43.1%56.9%
All30.8%69.2%
Non Family28.9%71.1%
Male19.7%80.3%
Female16.7%83.3%

30.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Imperial Beach Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All9,5472.7730.8
Married3,4813.4543.1
Non Family3,2291.3528.9
Female1,7703.7816.7
Male1,0673.2119.7

3.34

Average Family Size

2.77

Average Household Size

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Imperial Beach Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,2487.04%
9th to 12th Grade1,6059.06%
High School Graduate4,43625.04%
Some College4,73326.71%
Associates Degree1,81310.23%
Bachelors Degree2,53514.31%
Graduate Degree1,3477.60%
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Imperial Beach Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Imperial Beach Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic7,7775,596853
White6,6786,4052,403
Asian1,8311,529424
Black96995397
Other Race951670110
Multiple Races672622159
Native American20816210
Islander44

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 white people with a rate of 35.98%.

Imperial Beach Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,100$38,513$29,278
Less Than High School$23,781$30,281$18,029
High School Grad$32,356$35,248$25,705
Some College$34,620$44,036$27,766
Bachelors Degree$39,038$45,450$36,186
Graduate Degree$61,061$52,670$62,028

$35,100

Average Earnings

$38,513

Average Male

$29,278

Average Female

Imperial Beach Earnings by Educational Attainment

Imperial Beach Language by Age

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Imperial Beach Language

55.22% of Imperial Beach residents speak only English, while 44.78% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 38.51% of the population.

Imperial Beach Language

Imperial Beach Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic13,6643,00722.01%
White8,3651,12913.50%
Asian2,47349219.89%
Black1,39445732.78%
Multiple1,88324613.06%
Native33813038.46%
Other1,3861188.51%

18.87%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.85%

Male Poverty Rate

22.08%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Imperial Beach

The race most likely to be in poverty in Imperial Beach is Native, with 38.46% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Imperial Beach is Other, with 8.51% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.83%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.21%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 33.27%.

Imperial Beach Poverty

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Name Poverty
Some College19.28%
Less Than High School13.67%
High School12.78%
Bachelors or Greater10.64%

Imperial Beach Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed38.83%
Male Unemployed35.35%
Female Employed10.75%
Male Employed5.99%

Imperial Beach Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Imperial Beach Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$53,690$67,808
Families$56,296$70,350
Married Families$70,738-
Non Families$39,436$52,668
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Income by Household Type

Imperial Beach Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

36.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

34.8%

Male Marriage Rate

37.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Imperial Beach Married by Age and Sex

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Imperial Beach 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 35-44.

Imperial Beach Marital Status by Race

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Imperial Beach Marital Status

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1,988

Number of Veterans

1,626

Male Veterans

362

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War875
Vietnam522
First Gulf War512
Korea114
World War II24

Imperial Beach Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 54608
18 to 34461
55 to 64331
65 to 74325
75+263

Imperial Beach Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,3879.43%
Hispanic5976.47%
Black18615.62%
Asian1778.56%
2 or More16321.11%
Other393.79%
Indian3213.79%
Hawaiian4100.00%

Imperial Beach Veterans by Race

Imperial Beach Veterans by Education

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15.95%

Veteran Poverty Rate

23.93%

Veteran Disability Rate

Imperial Beach Veterans by Education

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64.8%

Labor Force Participation

56%

Employment Rate

8.7%

Unemployment Rate

Imperial Beach Employment by Age

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Imperial Beach Employment by Race

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Imperial Beach 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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53.54%

Born in California

79.28%

Native Born

20.72%

Foreign Born

10.57%

Non Citizen

10.16%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

79.28% of Imperial Beach residents were born in the United States, with 53.54% having been born in California. 10.57% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Imperial Beach Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202127,596780.28%
202027,518780.28%
201927,440780.29%
201827,362840.31%
201727,278-51-0.19%
201627,329700.26%
201527,2592040.75%
201427,055240.09%
201327,0312100.78%
201226,8212040.77%
201126,6172290.87%
201026,388-604-0.23%
200026,9924800.18%
199026,5123,8231.57%
198022,6892,4451.15%
197020,2442,4711.31%
196017,7730.00%

Imperial Beach Population by Year