Imperial, California Population 2021

19,018
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Imperial is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 19,018, it is the 307th largest city in California and the 1932nd largest city in the United States. Imperial is currently growing at a rate of 2.42% annually and its population has increased by 28.87% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 14,758 in 2010. Imperial reached it's highest population of 19,018 in 2021. Spanning over 6 miles, Imperial has a population density of 3,050 people per square mile.

The average household income in Imperial is $88,685 with a poverty rate of 7.55%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,394 per month, and the median house value is $239,900. The median age in Imperial is 27.3 years, 27 years for males, and 27.7 years for females. For every 100 females there are 90.0 males.

Imperial Demographics

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

  • White: 78.98%
  • Other race: 13.23%
  • Two or more races: 2.98%
  • Asian: 2.42%
  • Black or African American: 1.70%
  • Native American: 0.68%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Imperial, California is 19,018, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 17,671.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 14,758.

Imperial, California Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White13,78678.98%
Some Other Race2,31013.23%
Two or More Races5212.98%
Asian4222.42%
Black or African American2971.70%
American Indian and Alaska Native1180.68%
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Imperial Population by Race

Imperial Population Pyramid 2021

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Imperial Median Age

27.3


Total

27


Male

27.7


Female

Imperial Adults

There are 11,152 adults, (1,497 of whom are seniors) in Imperial.

Imperial Age Dependency

80.8

Age Dependency Ratio

15.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

65.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Imperial Sex Ratio

Female

9,186

52.63%

Male

8,268

47.37%

Imperial Population by Age

Imperial Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Imperial Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married85.7%14.3%
Non Family79.8%20.2%
All74.4%25.6%
Male61%39%
Female36.4%63.6%

74.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Imperial Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All4,3813.9874.4
Married2,4264.4885.7
Non Family8961.1579.8
Female7415.6436.4
Male3184.2161

4.63

Average Family Size

3.98

Average Household Size

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Imperial Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6557.01%
9th to 12th Grade1,00310.74%
High School Graduate1,96321.02%
Some College2,86430.67%
Associates Degree6987.47%
Bachelors Degree1,37114.68%
Graduate Degree7848.40%
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Imperial Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Imperial Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic6,9995,4301,420
White1,7611,674520
Other Race963879336
Asian259259157
Black21921732
Multiple Races15012446
Native American11011055

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 60.62%.

Imperial Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$46,946$58,592$35,955
Less Than High School$$45,584$13,472
High School Grad$36,866$44,142$26,132
Some College$41,804$54,527$35,461
Bachelors Degree$73,490$88,351$62,198
Graduate Degree$88,063$92,071$81,406

$46,946

Average Earnings

$58,592

Average Male

$35,955

Average Female

Imperial Earnings by Educational Attainment

Imperial Language by Age

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Imperial Language

33.54% of Imperial residents speak only English, while 66.46% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 64.08% of the population.

Imperial Language

Imperial Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic13,5931,1298.31%
White2,9861725.76%
Multiple52112724.38%
Other2,291391.70%
Asian420153.57%

7.55%

Overall Poverty Rate

5.44%

Male Poverty Rate

9.45%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Imperial

The race most likely to be in poverty in Imperial is Multiple, with 24.38% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Imperial is Other, with 1.70% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 0.66%. Among those working part-time, it was 4.24%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 14.85%.

Imperial Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School15.62%
High School6.00%
Some College4.97%
Bachelors or Greater3.49%

Imperial Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Male Unemployed12.78%
Female Employed2.01%
Male Employed1.33%
Female Unemployed0.00%

Imperial Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Imperial Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$85,654$88,685
Families$90,481$94,841
Married Families$95,845-
Non Families$51,179$58,318
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Income by Household Type

Imperial Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

46.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

49.9%

Male Marriage Rate

43.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Imperial Married by Age and Sex

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Imperial Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Imperial Marital Status by Race

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Imperial Marital Status

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603

Number of Veterans

549

Male Veterans

54

Female Veterans

War Veterans
First Gulf War185
Vietnam141
Second Gulf War55
World War II
Korea

Imperial Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 54288
65 to 74131
75+73
55 to 6456
18 to 3455

Imperial Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White4535.03%
Hispanic3183.83%
Other705.42%
Indian4033.90%
Black237.74%
2 or More179.88%

Imperial Veterans by Race

Imperial Veterans by Education

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3.65%

Veteran Poverty Rate

21.06%

Veteran Disability Rate

Imperial Veterans by Education

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64.7%

Labor Force Participation

57.4%

Employment Rate

11.2%

Unemployment Rate

Imperial Employment by Age

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Imperial Employment by Race

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Imperial 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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66.94%

Born in California

80.15%

Native Born

19.85%

Foreign Born

7.85%

Non Citizen

11.99%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

80.15% of Imperial residents were born in the United States, with 66.94% having been born in California. 7.85% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Imperial Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202119,0184492.42%
202018,5694492.48%
201918,1204492.54%
201817,6712391.37%
201717,4323432.01%
201617,0891460.86%
201516,9432631.58%
201416,6805693.53%
201316,1115553.57%
201215,5563662.41%
201115,1903542.39%
201014,8367,2766.97%
20007,5603,4476.28%
19904,1136621.77%
19803,4513571.10%
19703,0944361.53%
19602,6588994.21%
19501,7592661.65%
19401,493-450-2.60%
19301,943580.30%
19201,8856284.14%
19101,2570.00%

Imperial Population by Year