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El Centro Real Estate

El Centro
“Where the Sun Spends the Winter”


El Centro is a city in and county seat of Imperial County, California, United States. El Centro is the largest city in the Imperial Valley, the east anchor of the Southern California Border Region, and the core urban area and principal city of the El Centro metropolitan area which encompasses all of Imperial County. El Centro is also the largest American city to lie entirely below sea level (−42 feet or −13 meters).  The city, located in southeastern California, is 113 miles (182 km) from San Diego and less than 20 miles (32 km) from the Mexican city of Mexicali.

The City of El Centro was incorporated on April 16, 1908. One reason for this rapid growth was El Centro’s becoming the county seat of Imperial County.

Population growth was slow, but accelerated in the 1930s, and again in the 1940s, despite the city being hard hit by a 7.1 earthquake in May 1940.

By the mid-1940s, El Centro had become the second largest city in the Imperial Valley, with a population of about 11,000 people. El Centro had also become the location of the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) administrative offices.

Agriculture has been an important industry within El Centro since the 1940s, because of its strategic location near rail lines and U.S. Highways 80 and 99 – more than 35 growers and shippers still operate in El Centro. However, by the early 1980s the two largest employment sectors in El Centro were government and wholesale/retail trade, reflecting El Centro’s emerging role as a regional administrative and commercial center


Bucklin Park
Located in the heart of the El Centro, Bucklin Park is a great place to visit.
One of the largest community parks in Imperial County.
Feed the ducks, exercise, and relax.



939 Main St.
El Centro, CA 92243

Elementary schools
De Anza Magnet School
Desert Gardens Elementary School
Harding Elementary School

McCabe Elementary School
McKinley Elementary School
Hedrick Elementary School
King Elementary School
Meadows Elementary School
Lincoln Elementary School
Sunflower Elementary
Washington Elementary School
St. Mary’s Catholic School

Middle and junior high schools
Corfman Middle School (Grades 4–8)
Kennedy Middle School
Wilson Junior High
St. Mary’s Catholic School

High Schools

Central Union High School

Desert oasis

Southwest High School