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About El Centro

El Centro (Spanish for "The Center") is a city and county seat of Imperial County, California, United States. El Centro is the largest city in the Imperial Valley, the east anchor of the Southern California Border Region, and the core urban area and principal city of the El Centro metropolitan area which encompasses all of Imperial County. El Centro is also the largest U.S. city to lie entirely below sea level (-42 ft). The city, located in southeastern California, is 113 mi from San Diego and less than 20 mi from the Mexican city of Mexicali.

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