|• Mayor||Francisco Góngora Cara (PPA) (2015–2019)|
|• Total||227 km2 (88 sq mi)|
|Elevation||80 m (260 ft)|
|• Density||370/km2 (970/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
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 the centre of production for fruit and vegetables in the "Comarca de El Poniente". The work opportunities the city provides attract many foreign farmhands, who look for jobs mainly in the greenhouses there. Some greenhouses have begun using computer-controlled hydroponics systems, thus saving on labour and improving efficiency. This gives a solid push to its economy.
In close proximity to the city along the coast line is situated Almerimar, a popular destination for tourism and relaxation.
In February 2000, the town was the site of three days of anti-immigrant riots after two local men and one woman were killed by two separate Moroccans.
El Ejido is one of the largest Spanish towns without access to the rail network; in 2020 a proposal was submitted to build a railway from Almería to Adra via Roquetas de Mar and El Ejido; with El Ejido mayor Francisco Góngora confirming his support for such a project.
|Source: INE (Spain)|
CD El Ejido 2012 is based in the municipality.
- Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.
- Reimagining Almeria's Plastic Sea of Greenhouses
- Simons, Marlise (12 February 2000). "Resenting African Workers, Spaniards Attack". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
- "La Mesa del Ferrocarril insiste con el corredor ferroviario del Poniente". Diario de Almería (in Spanish). 3 June 2020. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
- "El Ayuntamiento de El Ejido se sumará a las peticiones de la Mesa del Ferrocarril". Diario de Almería. 11 March 2020. Retrieved 6 January 2021.