Imperial Beach is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 27,440 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Imperial Beach is the 266th largest community in California.
Housing costs in Imperial Beach are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.
Unlike some cities, Imperial Beach isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Imperial Beach are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Imperial Beach is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Imperial Beach who work in office and administrative support (10.96%), sales jobs (9.83%), and food service (9.08%).
There are many members of the armed forces living in Imperial Beach. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.
One of the nice things about Imperial Beach is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Imperial Beach use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Imperial Beach‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
The citizens of Imperial Beach are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 21.91% of adults in Imperial Beach having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Imperial Beach in 2018 was $25,013, which is lower middle income relative to California, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $100,052 for a family of four. However, Imperial Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Imperial Beach is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Imperial Beach 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 Beach, accounting for 51.09% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Imperial Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Imperial Beach include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.
In addition, Imperial Beach has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (20.72%).
The most common language spoken in Imperial Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.