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.
Imperial is a city in Imperial County, California. Imperial is located 4 miles (6.4 km) north of El Centro. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 14,758. It is part of the El Centro metropolitan area. The City of Imperial is a bustling center in the Imperial Valley due to its central location in The Valley and proximity to Mexico. This makes Imperial an ideal location for industry, and business services.
Nearby recreation facilities transform the desert into a popular Valley tourist destination due to availability of different things to do. Three year-round golf courses are within minutes of Imperial. The sand dunes provide a place for campers and dune buggy enthusiasts. This region is well known for its abundance of bird species such as dove, quail, ducks, pheasant and geese. Imperial is particularly noted for its friendly atmosphere and active community spirit. The city is an excellent example of a well rounded cultural center.