Imperial Beach, CA
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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.

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 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 (14.86%), sales jobs (13.92%), and maintenance occupations (7.88%).

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.

Imperial Beach is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various 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 citizens of Imperial Beach are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 15.96% of adults in Imperial Beach have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Imperial Beach in 2010 was $19,896, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $79,584 for a family of four. However, Imperial Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Imperial Beach is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Imperial Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Imperial Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Imperial Beach also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 49.99% of the city’s residents. 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 (20.49%).

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