Calipatria, California

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Calipatria (formerly, Date City)[1] is a city in Imperial County, California. Calipatria is located 23 miles (37 km) north of El Centro,[1] It is part of the El Centro Metropolitan Area. The population was 7,289 at the 2000 census, including 4000 inmates at Calipatria State Prison. The community is located along State Route 111.

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Geography

Calipatria is located at 33°07′32″N 115°30′51″W / 33.12556°N 115.51417°W / 33.12556; -115.51417.[2]

At elevation of 184 feet (56 m) below sea level, Calipatria is the lowest city in the western hemisphere. The city claims to have the "world's tallest flagpole" at 184 feet (56 m), so their American flag will always fly above sea level.[3] However, this flagpole, in front of the local Chamber of Commerce, is far shorter than the 525 feet (160 m) in Kijŏng-dong, North Korea, the 430 feet (130 m) pole in Aqaba, Jordan, the 338 feet (103 m) pole in Sheboygan, Wisconsin or even the 200 feet (61 m) pole in Dorris, California, but it is probably the tallest flagpole in the Imperial Valley.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.6 km²), all of it land.

History

The Imperial Valley Farm Lands Association founded the town as Date City in 1914.[1] The first post office at Calipatria opened in 1914.[1] Calipatria incorporated in 1919.[1]

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