El Ejido (Spanish pronunciation: [el eˈxiðo]) is a municipality of Almería province, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain. It is located 32 km from Almería with a surface area of 227 km², and as reported in 2014 had 84,144 inhabitants. El Ejido is a centre of production for fruit and vegetables, in the "Comarca de El Poniente". The work opportunities the city provides attract many expatriates, who look for jobs mainly in the greenhouses that surround it. This gives a solid push to its economy.