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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    D
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    D+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    B+
Imperial County is located in California with a population of 179,957. In Imperial County, most residents own their homes. In Imperial County there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Imperial County and residents tend to be liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$167,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$805
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%
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Imperial County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    268.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    24.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    58.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    779.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,917.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    307.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    32%
    13%

Working in Imperial County

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$44,779
National
$55,322

Imperial County Reviews

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The weather is not good at all during May to October. It is extremely hot! There are not many jobs here for people who are looking into geological careers due to competiveness and "knowing" someone to get you that job.
There has been a growth of people begging at stoplights like larger cities that needs to be remedied. This is a liberal place to live with some conservatives, but mainly a liberal place. There should be some type of discovery science museum built here like in larger cities for kids can learn and explore. There are also needs to be more competitive private or charter schools to choose from for our kids to attend. This is my overall experience in the Imperial County.
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Imperial County is lovely in Winter. It's lovely farm country & where crazy Californians get crazier occasionally. You get lots of cheap stolen goods from Mexico...so the shopping is not bad. The Mexican's are pleasant & mostly polite with a busy LEGAL Border Trafic. The farm industry hires seasonal Mexican immigrant workers cause nobody wants to be there in 120 degree Summer heat! The people are friendly & odd. Remember this is the area Billy the Kid retired to and lived to Old age! If they don't like you, they shoot you & dump your body in the desert. Lots of movies get filmed out here.
There are so many things to love about the Imperial Valley; the abundant agriculture, the family-oriented atmosphere and the beautiful clear skies make it a cozy spot to live. Of course, along with the good always comes the bad, and as a former Imperial County resident I can think of several areas that need improvement. Some of these areas include low air quality and high unemployment rates. Despite having some downsides, the I.V. County is a great place to raise a family as it is very safe, quiet and has a low cost of living. However, if you prefer the bustle and abundant nightlife, you might prefer a bigger city nearby.