Imperial, California

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Imperial is a city in Imperial County, California. Imperial is located 4 miles (6.4 km) north of El Centro.[1] As of the 2006 census, the city had a population of 11,754. It is part of the El Centro metropolitan area. The City of Imperial is a bustling center in the Imperial Valley due to its central location in The Valley and proximity to Mexico. This makes Imperial an ideal location for industry, and business services.

Nearby recreation facilities transform the desert into a popular Valley tourist destination due to availability of different things to do. Three year-round golf courses are within minutes of Imperial. The sand dunes provide a place for campers and dune buggy enthusiasts. This region is well known for its abundance of bird species such as dove, quail, ducks, pheasant and geese. Imperial is particularly noted for its friendly atmosphere and active community spirit. The city is an excellent example of a well rounded cultural center.



Imperial is located at 32°50′51″N 115°34′10″W / 32.8475°N 115.56944°W / 32.8475; -115.56944.[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.9 square miles (10.1 km²), all of it land.


Imperial has an arid desert climate. It is one of the hottest cities in the United States. In January, the normal high temperature is 70 degrees with a low of 42. In July, the normal high temperature is 110 degrees with a low of 82.


Imperial was created by the Imperial Land Company[3] and was named by George Chaffey.[1] The first post office at Imperial opened in 1901.[1] Imperial incorporated in 1904. The first Mayor of Imperial was Allison Peck.[1]

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