Westmorland, California

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Westmorland (formerly, Westmoreland)[1] is a city in Imperial County, California. Westmorland is located 8.5 miles (14 km) southwest of Calipatria,[1] The population was 2,131 at the 2000 census. It is part of the 'El Centro Metropolitan Area'.

Westmorland is on State Route 86, which was upgraded to a new six-lane highway to reduce its infamous auto accident and fatality risk, while it connects with Brawley, El Centro and Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico.

The post office, originally called Westmoreland, opened in 1909, closed in 1912, re-opened in 1919, renamed to Westmorland in 1936.[1] Westmorland incorporated in 1934.[1]

From the 1920s through the 1950s Westmorland was the site of illegal gaming establishments and many brothels, but these were later destroyed in an attempt to improve the town's image.

Westmorland has dealt with the image of high poverty rates and prior to the 1990s North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) economic boom, a nearly dead farm food shipping industry.

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Geography

Westmorland is located at 33°02′14″N 115°37′17″W / 33.03722°N 115.62139°W / 33.03722; -115.62139.[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²), all of it land.

Westmorland is below sea level, sits behind a number of active earthquake faults and experienced seismic activity in the past century (the 1907, 1916, 1925, 1940, 1948, 1965 and 1979 tremors). The 1987 Superstition Hills event caused serious damage in Westmorland and the Imperial valley.

Demographics

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