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El Centro, CA

El Centro business statistics
Employer establishments with 1-49 employees
(2007)
2,439 3,516
Small business growth rate
(2004-2007)
9% 4.1%
State business tax climate ranking
(out of 50 states)
48 N/A
Percentage of population with bachelor's degree
(ages 25-34)
11.7% 23.5%
Violent crime
(rate per 100,000 inhabitants, 2007)
336.9 385.1
Property crime
(rate per 100,000 inhabitants, 2007)
3,749.9 3,395.2
Population growth
(2003-2008)
11% 4.93%
Per-capita income
(2007)
$23,757 $31,933
Per-capita income growth
(2002-2007)
15% 23.6%
GDP (in millions)
(2006)
$3,662 $4,952
GDP growth
(2001-2006)
37% 33%
Average hourly wage
(2008)
17.53 $17.50
Housing foreclosure rate
(first half of 2009)
27 850
Median rent
(2009, for a 2-bedroom housing unit)
$857 $737
Housing price-to-income (HPI) ratio
(first quarter of 2009)
1.0% 1.8%
Long-term HPI ratio
(20-year average, 1984-2004)
1.45% 1.67%
HPI deviation from long-term average
-4% 0.1%

All statistics are for the full Metropolitan Statistical Area. For a complete list of data sources, see "How we picked the Best Places."

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This package was produced in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Foreclosure data provided by RealtyTrac.

Housing price-to-income data provided by Moody's Economy.com.