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A+ El Centro Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ El Centro Cost of Living Cost of living is 31% lower than California
El Centro
964% less expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
El Centro cost of living
F El Centro Crime Total crime is 53% higher than California
Total crime
4,51064% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2364% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-30%Year over year crime is down
El Centro crime
F El Centro Employment Household income is 34% lower than California
Median household income
$41,84924% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$18,17239% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
9%85% higher than the US average
El Centro employment
C+ El Centro Housing Home value is 60% lower than California
Median home value
$164,90011% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$74821% lower than the US average
Home ownership
50%22% lower than the US average
El Centro real estate or El Centro rentals
F El Centro Schools HS graduation rate is 18% lower than California
High school grad. rates
66%21% lower than the US average
School test scores
28%42% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
22:137% higher than the US average
El Centro K-12 schools or El Centro colleges

Living in El Centro, CA

El Centro is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 43,699 people. El Centro has a population density of 3,916 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. More than a quarter of the residents of El Centro identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 77% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. With an average age of 33 years old, El Centro could be a great place to live for young adults as this age is well below the national average.

Whether you’re moving to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in El Centro could be a positive experience compared to other cities in California if you know where to look. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, cost of living, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in El Centro and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare El Centro to California and the national average.

Using data and statistics El Centro has received a livability score of 65 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 41st percentile when compared to all other cities. Based on the rankings for each individual category, El Centro has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+) and weather (A-). El Centro does not fare well for the following: crime (F), education (F) and employment (F). It might be a smart idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in El Centro, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in El Centro. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in El Centro are affordable. Median real estate prices in El Centro come in at $164,900, which is 59.7% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In El Centro, the home price to income ratio is 3.9, which is 39.1% lower than the California average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the El Centro area were 6.6% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 9.2%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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El Centro of the Desert

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 Mexicali, 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.
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Source: The El Centro, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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