About El Centro CA: The city of El Centro was founded in 1906 and given the name because of its central location in the Imperial Valley. El Centro is located about 130 miles west of San Diego that is the 2nd largest city in California. El Centro encompasses most of the Imperial Valley by 11.019 square miles with a predominant Hispanic population of 41,242 residents. This city is mostly an agricultural business city. The main freeway that serves El Centro is Interstate 8 east/west. Although it is a small town, El Centro is expanding through the agricultural business as well as the solar power projects. Imperial Valley Mall is right off of Interstate 8 as well as many small shopping centers within the city. El Centro has two movie theaters and many parks to spend lots of family quality time.
Winter is the most wonderful time of the year in Imperial Valley. No other place on earth has better weather in the wintertime. Nights are mostly in the high 40’s with days in the high 60’s to mid 70’s. And the sun shines almost every day. Outdoor recreation such as golf, tennis, dune activities and hiking are high on the list of things to do during winter. The great weather is also why the Blue Angels, the U. S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Team , chose the Valley’s Naval Air Facility as it’s mid-winter training ground. The only other places with comparable weather are the Palm Springs and Phoenix, Arizona, areas. And that’s because they are in the same Sonoran Desert as the Imperial Valley. But even when high summer temperatures arrive, residents find lining in Imperial Valley is pleasant due to well air conditioned homes and businesses throughout the area.
Transportation - The hub of air service is form Boley Field, the county airport, 12 miles to the South. Direct flights to Los Angeles, with connection worldwide are regularly scheduled. Union Pacific Railroad offers mainline service to Portland, St. Louis, Rock Island, Tucumcari and New Orleans for agriculture and industry. Most industrially zoned sites in Brawley offer direct rail access.