Seeley, California

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Seeley is a census-designated place (CDP) in Imperial County, California. Seeley is located 7.5 miles (12 km) west of El Centro,[1] The population was 1,624 at the 2000 census. It is part of the El Centro Metropolitan Area.



The first post office at Seeley was opened in 1909.[1] The name honors Henry Seeley, an early developer of Imperial County.[1]

Seeley is one of the oldest established communities in Imperial County, tracing its history back to the early years of the 20th century. Originally established as a stage stop on the shores of the now dead "Blue Lake", Seeley was known originally as Silsbee.

NAF El Centro, the winter home of the Blue Angels, was built adjacent to Seeley in 1946. In 1964, Interstate 8 was run a mile south of Seeley, marking the lowest elevation on the Interstate Highway System at -52 feet.


Seeley is located at 32°47′35″N 115°41′28″W / 32.79306°N 115.69111°W / 32.79306; -115.69111.[2] Bordered on the west by the New River, Seeley sits astride the Imperial Fault and above what was once the basin of the "Blue Lake". Like much of the Imperial Valley, Seeley lies entirely below sea level.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²), of which, 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.63%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,624 people, 438 households, and 382 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,346.3 people per square mile (518.2/km²). There were 460 housing units at an average density of 381.3/sq mi (146.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 54.7% White, 0.7% Black or African American, 1.0% Native American, 2.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 35.9% from other races, and 5.2% from two or more races. 81.5% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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