Imperial Beach 66 Below average
Imperial Beach Livability #532 ranked city in California#17,469 ranked city in the USARanks better than 40% of areas
A+ Imperial Beach Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Imperial Beach Cost of Living Cost of living is 4% lower than California
Imperial Beach
13535% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Imperial Beach cost of living
B+ Imperial Beach Crime Total crime is 47% lower than California
Total crime
1,46141% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 6941% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-7%Year over year crime is down
Imperial Beach crime
F Imperial Beach Employment Household income is 25% lower than California
Median household income
$48,01013% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$21,23929% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%49% higher than the US average
Imperial Beach employment
C- Imperial Beach Housing Home value is 7% lower than California
Median home value
$380,900106% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,25532% higher than the US average
Home ownership
31%52% lower than the US average
Imperial Beach real estate or Imperial Beach rentals
F Imperial Beach Schools HS graduation rate is 3% lower than California
High school grad. rates
78%6% lower than the US average
School test scores
24%50% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:130% higher than the US average
Imperial Beach K-12 schools
A Imperial Beach User Ratings There are a total of 3 ratings in Imperial Beach
Overall user rating
82% 3 total ratings
User reviews rating
70% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
95% 2 total surveys
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      Living in Imperial Beach, CA

      Located in the state of California, Imperial Beach is a mid-sized city with a population of 27,180 residents. Imperial Beach has a population density of 6,532 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. If we look at the most recent Census, Imperial Beach is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Imperial Beach are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 40% of the population also speak Spanish. The median age of all Imperial Beach residents is 32, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles.

      Whether you’re moving to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Imperial Beach could be a positive experience compared to other cities in California if you know where to look. The best areas in Imperial Beach and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, weather, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the California and national averages.

      The livability score in Imperial Beach is 67/100 and the city is ranked in the 47th percentile of all cities across America. There are seven total categories that create the livability score. Imperial Beach ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (B+) and weather (A). There is at least one category that does not have great scores in Imperial Beach. The following was graded with a disappointing score: cost of living (F), education (F) and employment (F).

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Imperial Beach has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

      There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Imperial Beach is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Imperial Beach come in at $380,900, which is 6.9% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Imperial Beach, the home price to income ratio is 7.9, which is 23.4% higher than the California average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Imperial Beach were 10.5%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 12.9%.

      Imperial Beach transportation information

      StatisticImperial BeachCaliforniaNational
      Average one way commute27min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work74.9%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool11.3%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit3.6%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.3%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk3.0%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home4.0%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Imperial Beach, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).