Imperial Beach is a residential beach community in the San Diego County, California. Around 29,992 people lived in Imperial Beach in 2006. I.B. is the most southern beach community in California and the West Coast of the U.S. It is situated par of San Diego called the South Bay, it is 14 miles south of Downtown and 3 miles northwest of Tijuana, Mexico.
According a U.S. Census report, Imperial Beach has an area of 11.7 km². 11 km² of it is land, and 0.6 km² of it is water. I.B. populates the most southwest corner of the U.S.: Coronado, California in the north, Tijuana, Mexico in the south, San Diego Bay to east and the Pacific Ocean to the west.
I.B. is situated in the San Diego Metro Area, it is the 17th biggest metro area in the U.S. with more than 3 million residents and part of the San Diego, Tijuana metro area, the largest two national metro place divided between the U.S and Mexico with more than 5 million residents. Despite the large sum near the city, I.B. maintains a small home feel.
Established in 1887, the town founded the name from Imperial County, a desert town with climate 90 miles east of San Diego. Farmers from Imperial county came to I.B. in the 1880s searching for cooler climate in the summer. 1887, over 2,000 workers stayed close nearby Coronado to build the Hotel del Coronado, the biggest resort in the world of that time. A big sum amount of the laborers stayed in I.B. and others would then make it their main residency. Imperial Beach incorporates in 1956, having its very own council giving the city fire department service and police by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
Imperial Beach has warm weather with summer climate in the upper 70s and winter climate in the upper 60s. Because of the nice year round weather many houses in I.B. are made with no air conditioning. I.B. is partly sunny 320 days of the year.
I.B. is just over 6 miles of beach and also has a dog beach and lifeguards staff year round. Volleyball and surfing are outdoor sports that are available in I.B. Imperial Beach has one of San Diego County’s best surfing location. San Diego Magazine signals the Boca Rio beach break as the second best surfing location in the county, only to Black’s Beach and the Scripps Canyon area near La Jolla is known to have better surf. Close by Border Field State Park represents the most southern beach on the west coast and allows people in the United States to correspond verbally with people in Mexico. The city is next to Coronado, California by the connecting strip of the Silver Strand, a narrow, 7 mile long strip of land. Silver Strand State Beach, is a popular beach for, bird watching, camping and other recreational activities. It is located in the middle of the strip and has both bay and ocean beaches.
Imperial Beach has a beautiful Pier and it helps bring many visitors to San Diego’s beach town’s every year. Every August I.B. has an annual Open Sand Castle competition, which is the largest sand castle competition in the United States, bringing in over 500,000 people. I.B. also has the beach front classic car show every summer. Imperial Beach has been under big projects in the last ten years to attract more tourism visitors, and be more commercial. Since 2004, the City of Imperial Beach has been part of many improvements on Seaside walk st. which will reflect greatly later on.
As of a recent study of 2006, there was 29,992 persons, 9,272 homes, and 6,453 families living in the city. The population density was 6,324.2 mi². There were 9,739 home units at an average density of 2,281.8 mi². The racial makeup of the city was 5.26% African American, 6.55% Asian, 1.10% Native American 0.60% Pacific Islander, 59.26% White, Hispanic or Latino of any race made up 29.08% of the population.
There were 9,272 households out of which 40.2% had minors living with them, 45.2% were married people living together, 18.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The median household size was 2.84 and the median family size was 3.30.
Imperial Beach has one of the youngest average ages of any Southern California city with a median age of 29 years. 29.4% of residents are under the age of 18, 13.9% aged from 18 to 24, 32.3% from 25 to 44, 16.8% from 45 to 64, and 7.5% 65 years of age or older. For every 200 females there were 199.8 males. For every 200 females age 18 and over, there were 196.8 males. Estimations by the San Diego Association of Governments, averages household income of Imperial Beach in recent study was $49,104.