Part of the El Centro Metro Area, Calipatria, California, is town of about 8,000 residents that is located on State Route 111. This is one of the poorest cities in the state as many of the workers were are in the business of assisting in agricultural harvests and cultivations that have seen better times.
About ¾ of the population is Hispanic and many of the people here not involved in agriculture work at the Calipatria State Prison in town. The town is home to the tallest flagpole at 184 feet where the flag flies at sea level.
The downtown area is relatively sparse with palm trees in the medians. Prices here are lower than they are for the state as a whole, but incomes in this area have been rather flat for some time now and fall far below the median state levels. This is not a high crime area, but it is far from the best the state has to offer.