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 27,408 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.
Imperial Beach is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Imperial Beach is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Imperial Beach who work in office and administrative support (15.30%), sales jobs (13.63%), and maintenance occupations (6.44%).
Imperial Beach is home to a number of people employed in the armed forces. When you visit or walk around Imperial Beach, some of the people you will bump into will be military people In and out of uniform, jogging, shopping and generally out and about town.
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.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Imperial Beach is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Imperial Beach, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The percentage of adults in Imperial Beach who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 17.04% of the adults in Imperial Beach have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Imperial Beach in 2010 was $20,339, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $81,356 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 50.18% 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 Irish, English, Italian, and French .
In addition, Imperial Beach has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (21.66%).
The most common language spoken in Imperial Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.