Livability Score

72
/100
i The AreaVibes Livability Score evaluates 9 different categories and creates an overall score out of 100. The higher the score, the better the area.

amenities A+

There are lots of amenities close to this location.
Coffee (8) F
State Street Coffeehouse
Coffee Shop
Willies Donuts
Coffee Shop
Donut Shop
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
Donut Shop
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
Entertainment (4) F
American Legion Post 25
Nightclub
Strikezone
Bowling Alley
Amigo Room
Nightclub
Cinemark Imperial Valley Mall 14
Cinema
Movies 10
Cinema
Imperial Valley Pioneer Museum
Museum
California Midwinter Fairgrounds
Attraction
Food and Drink (49) A-
Rubens
Fast Food
21 Flavors
Sweets
Fosters Freeze
Fast Food
El Centro Liquor Store
Alcohol
Unknown Name
Bar
Juice Haus
Fast Food
Hamburger Stand
Fast Food
Cuchis
Fast Food
La Palmitas 2
Fast Food
Little Caesars
Fast Food
Burger King
Fast Food
Pizza Pizza
Fast Food
La Resaca
Bar
McDonald's
Fast Food
McDonald's
Fast Food
Jack in the Box
Fast Food
Domino's
Fast Food
Subway
Fast Food
Carl's Jr.
Fast Food
KFC
Fast Food
Church's Chicken
Fast Food
Carl's Jr.
Fast Food
Del Taco
Fast Food
Jack in the Box
Fast Food
Wendy's
Fast Food
Fitness (6) A+
Solo Fitness
Gym
Flx Fitness
Gym
Salvation Army
Community Centre
Unknown Name
Gym
Unknown Name
Gym
Planet Fitness
Gym
Groceries (12) B
Las Conchitas Backery
Bakery
Boatwright's Bakery and Catering
Bakery
Sol Market
Grocery Store
Kennedy's Karne
Butcher
Smart & Final
Grocery Store
Vons
Grocery Store
Lucky
Grocery Store
El Sol Market
Grocery Store
Cardenas
Grocery Store
ALDI
Grocery Store
Walmart Supercenter
Grocery Store
Food 4 Less
Grocery Store
Parks (36) A+
Unknown Name
Playground
Unknown Name
Playground
Unknown Name
Park
Bucklin Park
Park
Adams Park
Park
Adams Park
Park
Unknown Name
Playground
Adams Park
Park
Desert Gardens Park
Park
McGee Park
Park
Unknown Name
Playground
Swarthout Field
Park
Frazier Field
Park
Debbie J Pittman Park
Park
Debbie Pitman Park
Park
Gomez Park
Park
Unknown Name
Playground
Unknown Name
Playground
Farmers
Park
Unknown Name
Playground
Carlos Aguilar Park
Park
Unknown Name
Playground
Unknown Name
Playground
Unknown Name
Playground
Lotus Park
Park
Shops (70) A+
Unknown Name
Convenience Store
Circle K
Convenience Store
Unknown Name
Electronics
Super 99 Cents
Discount Store
Unknown Name
Electronics
Vannash Florist
Florist
Unknown Name
Furniture
Dollar Tree
Discount Store
Food Mart
Convenience Store
Unknown Name
Electronics
99 Cents Plus
Discount Store
Computer Repair & More
Electronics
Lovely Nails
Beauty
Super 99 Cents Store
Discount Store
Expo Furniture
Furniture
San Diego Nails
Beauty
7-Eleven
Convenience Store
Shell
Convenience Store
ampm
Convenience Store
Unknown Name
Convenience Store
ampm
Convenience Store
Euclid Market
Convenience Store
Crystal Nails
Beauty
Skechers
Shoes
Speedway
Convenience Store
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commute A+

Of all people who commute, 0.7% take public transportation in El Centro.
Public Transit Stops (6)
Stops & Stations
A+
El Centro Regional Transfer Terminal
Bus Station
Unknown Name
Bus Stop
Unknown Name
Bus Station
Unknown Name
Bus Stop
IV Transit
Bus Stop
Unknown Name
Bus Stop
Workers Taking Public Transit
0.7%
F
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cost of living B-

The cost of living in El Centro is 111/100 - which is 20% lower than California.
Cost of Living
Goods & Services, Housing, etc.
C+
Tax Rates
Income & Sales Tax
F
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crime C-

El Centro crime rates are 2,428 per 100k, which is 15% lower than California
Property Crime
2,085 crimes per 100k
D+
Violent Crime
343 crimes per 100k
C
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employment D-

The median income in El Centro is $47,366 - which is 26% lower than California.
Med. Household Income
$47,366
F
Unemployment Rate
6.9%
F
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health C

There are many hospitals, police and fire stations.
Health & Safety (21)
Dentist, Doctor, Hospital, etc.
A+
Fire Station No. 1
Fire Station
Methadone Clinic
Clinic
Unknown Name
Doctor
Unknown Name
Clinic
Unknown Name
Clinic
El Centro Outpatient Center
Hospital
El Centro Dental
Dentist
El Centro Health Department
Clinic
El Centro Police Department
Police
Planned Parenthood
Clinic
Farmacia Del Pueblo
Pharmacy
El Centro Regional Medical Center
Hospital
Rite Aid
Pharmacy
Walgreens
Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy
Pharmacy
Clinica De Salud Del Pueblo
Clinic
Fire Station No. 2
Fire Station
Unknown Name
Dentist
Western Dental
Dentist
CVS Pharmacy
Pharmacy
Walmart Pharmacy
Pharmacy
Unknown Name
Fire Station
Air Quality
Median Air Quality
F
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housing A+

El Centro home prices are $210,100 - which is 49% lower than California
Home Price
$210,100
B+
Home Appreciation Rate
22%
A+
Home Affordability
4.4x (home price to income ratio)
F
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schools D+

The El Centro graduation rate is 66% - which is 18% lower than California
School Test Scores
36%
F
High School Grad. Rates
66%
F
Elementary Schools (21) A+
Harding Elementary
Lincoln Elementary
El Centro District Wide Preschool
Desert Garden Elementary
Ballington Academy For The Arts And Sciences
Ballington Academy For The Arts And Sciences
Washington Elementary
Margaret Hedrick Elementary
St Mary S School
Mckinley Elementary
De Anza Magnet
Valley Academy
Imagine Schools At Imperial Valley
Imperial Valley Home School Academy
Sunflower Elementary
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary
Calvary Chapel Christian School Of El Centro
Imperial County Juvenile Hall/Community
Imperial County Special Education
T. L. Waggoner Elementary
Imperial Cross Elementary
Mccabe Elementary
Dogwood Elementary
High Schools (10) A+
Imperial Valley Rop
Central Union High
Desert Oasis High (Continuation)
Phoenix Rising High
Valley Academy
Southwest High
Calvary Chapel Christian School Of El Centro
Imperial County Juvenile Hall/Community
Imperial County Special Education
Imperial Pathways Charter
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ratings F

El Centro has an overall rating of 28% from 8 reviews.
User Reviews (2)
From AreaVibes
F
User Surveys (6)
From AreaVibes
F
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El Centro Area Facts

  • El Centro has a Livability Score of 72/100, which is considered excellent
  • El Centro crime rates are 15% lower than the California average
  • Cost of living in El Centro is 20% lower than the California average
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El Centro Reviews

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AV0ID THIS TOWN 0.5 rating By Anonymous ( Oct 13, 2020) Very unAmerican and if you are not of Mexican descent they will treat you poorly. They love to discriminate here and act like they are the only ones in the country. They will deny your service and receiving services even if you are willing to pay. Many here refuse to speak Rng ...Read More lish. They really defile America. Read Less
El Centro of the Desert 1.5 rating By Anonymous ( Jul 22, 2015) I moved from El Centro, CA to San Diego three years ago and never looked back. This town is well named, because it is in the middle of the desert. We are closer to Arizona than the populated coasts of California. The biggest town near us is actually across the border, called Mexi ...Read More cali, Mexico. Like most people in El Centro I have family on both sides of the border. Many people live on one side and work on the other, which is neat in its own way. As a consequence though, many of us who live here and only have American citizenship find it difficult to find good work.

The first thing that one should know about El Centro is that it is hot! Temperatures regularly climb above 100 degrees in the summer months. There is not much for a young person in El Centro. Jobs here tend to be either seasonal agricultural work or for the government (there are a few prisons nearby, and an airfield). The past several years of drought have been particularly harsh for the overall economy. So many fields are dry now, which affects everything else in the economy.

If you're moving to El Centro, it will be very useful to have at least some knowledge of the Spanish language. Like I said before, most people around here have their roots just across the border in Mexico. Due to agriculture and migration the city population actually changes seasonally, but less people work there now. As much as I miss my family that remain there, I could not stay in El Centro. Read Less
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A+ Amenities

Are there many local amenities in El Centro? Yes, there are lots of amenities close to this location.

Parks

Unknown Name
Unknown Name
Unknown Name
Bucklin Park
Adams Park
Adams Park
Unknown Name
Adams Park

Entertainment

American Legion Post 25
Strikezone
Amigo Room
Cinemark Imperial Valley Mall 14
Movies 10
Imperial Valley Pioneer Museum
California Midwinter Fairgrounds

Food & Drink

Rubens
21 Flavors
Fosters Freeze
El Centro Liquor Store
Unknown Name
Juice Haus
Hamburger Stand
Cuchis

B- Commute

Is public transit available in El Centro? Of all people who commute, 0.7% take public transportation in El Centro.
Drive to Work
80%

3% higher than the US average

Take Public Transit
1%

4% lower than the US average

Walk to Work
2%

1% lower than the US average

A+ Health & Safety

Is El Centro a healthy and safe place to live? Yes, there are many hospitals, police and fire stations.

Hospitals

El Centro Regional Medical Center
El Centro Outpatient Center

Pharmacies

CVS Pharmacy
Farmacia Del Pueblo
Walmart Pharmacy
Rite Aid
Walgreens
CVS Pharmacy

Doctors

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