Imperial, CA
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Imperial is a somewhat small city located in the state of California. With a population of 17,095 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Imperial is the 352nd largest community in California. Imperial has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Imperial, where the median household income is $80,082.00.

Imperial is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.40% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Imperial is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Imperial who work in office and administrative support (16.84%), sales jobs (14.38%), and law enforcement and fire fighting (13.53%).

Because of many things, Imperial is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Imperial a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Imperial has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Imperial’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

Imperial is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

The education level of Imperial citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.57% of adults 25 and older in Imperial have a college degree.

The per capita income in Imperial in 2010 was $24,178, which is middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $96,712 for a family of four. However, Imperial contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Imperial is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Imperial home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Imperial, accounting for 75.32% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Imperial residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Imperial include German, English, Norwegian, and European.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Imperial's cultural character, accounting for 22.99% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Imperial is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Tagalog.

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