El Centro is located in Imperial County and is 30 miles North of the Mexican and U.S. border. It covers eleven square miles and is the middle or central meeting point of three highways. It is predominantly a commercial and industrial region with factories and warehouses. Produce production and shipping facilities are the major employers. It is known for the Imperial Irrigation District and its agricultural ties. It is a desert climate with large amounts of farmland. It is an hour away from the Salton Sea and gets a high number of tourists from that attraction. Population numbers approximately 43,000 people.