San Luis Obispo, CA Demographics

Population - Employment - Households - Income / Financial - Housing - Education - Marital Status - Means of Transport to Work - Median Income by Zipcode

What is the population of San Luis Obispo?

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There are 47,257 residents in San Luis Obispo, with a median age of 26. Of this, 50.92% are males and 49.08% are females. US-born citizens make up 89.79% of the resident pool in San Luis Obispo, while non-US-born citizens account for 5.91%. Additionally, 4.29% of the population is represented by non-citizens.
A total of 30,407 people in San Luis Obispo currently live in the same house as they did last year.
Y-o-Y Change
Total Population 47,257 -0.3%
Male Population 24,061 -1.3%
Female Population 23,196 0.8%
Male population 50.92%
Female population 49.08%
Y-o-Y Change
Median Age 26 -2.6%
Citizen US Born 42,433 0.2%
Citizen not US Born 2,795 -9.1%
Not Citizen 2,029 1.4%
Citizen US Born 89.79%
Citizen not US Born 5.91%
Not Citizen 4.29%
Y-o-Y Change
Moved from Abroad 315 13.7%
Moved from Same County 9,790 -1.6%
Moved from Same State 5,177 20.5%
Moved from Different State 1,298 -4.3%
Same House as Last Year 30,407 -2.8%
Moved from Abroad 0.67%
Moved from Same County 20.84%
Moved from Same State 11.02%
Moved from Different State 2.76%
Same House as Last Year 64.71%

What are the employment statistics in San Luis Obispo?

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White-collar workers make up 87.71% of the working population in San Luis Obispo, while blue-collar employees account for 12.29%. There are also 2,371 entrepreneurs in San Luis Obispo (9.46% of the workforce); 16,141 workers employed in private companies (64.42%); and 5,125 people working in governmental institutions (20.45%).
Y-o-Y Change
White Collar 21,977 -3.1%
Blue Collar 3,079 3.8%
White Collar 87.71%
Blue Collar 12.29%
Y-o-Y Change
Self Employees 2,371 -6.6%
Private Companies 16,141 -1.8%
Governmental Workers 5,125 1.5%
Not for Profit Companies 1,419 -12.9%
Self Employees 9.46%
Private Companies 64.42%
Governmental Workers 20.45%
Not for Profit Companies 5.66%

How many households are there in San Luis Obispo?

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There are a total of 19,035 households in San Luis Obispo, each made up of around 2 members. Family establishments represent 40.42% of these San Luis Obispo households, while non-family units account for the remaining 59.58%. Additionally, 14.42% of households have children and 85.58% of households are without children.
Y-o-Y Change
Total Households 19,035 -0.4%
Average People Per Household 2 0.4%
Family Households 7,693 -0.1%
Non-family Households 11,342 -0.7%
Family Households 40.42%
Non-family Households 59.58%
Y-o-Y Change
Households with Children 2,745 -5.7%
Households without Children 16,290 0.5%
Households with Children 14.42%
Households without Children 85.58%

What are the median and average incomes in San Luis Obispo?

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The average annual household income in San Luis Obispo is $96,358, while the median household income sits at $61,862 per year. Residents aged 25 to 44 earn $91,681, while those between 45 and 64 years old have a median wage of $103,053. In contrast, people younger than 25 and those older than 65 earn less, at $20,681 and $64,805, respectively.
Y-o-Y Change
Average Household Income $96,358 10.6%
Median Household Income $61,862 5.7%
People below Poverty Level 13,572 4.3%
People above Poverty Level 32,157 -2.2%

How many homeowners and renters are there in San Luis Obispo?

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There are 21,032 housing units in San Luis Obispo, and the median year in which these properties were built is 1976. Of the 19,035 occupied housing units in San Luis Obispo, 39.54% are owner-occupied, while 60.46% have renters living in them.
Meanwhile, properties bought with mortgages account for 59.97% of the units, and the median value of a home with a mortgage is $738,200. In general, housing costs reach $1,689 per month in San Luis Obispo.
Y-o-Y Change
Housing Units 21,032 0.5%
Median Year Built 1976 0.0%
Built in 1939 or Earlier 2,311 12.4%
Built between 1940 and 1949 1,010 6.7%
Built between 1950 and 1959 2,034 -7.0%
Built between 1960 and 1969 2,752 -1.0%
Built between 1970 and 1979 4,190 -6.9%
Built between 1980 and 1989 3,477 -1.7%
Built between 1990 and 1999 2,378 -3.2%
Built between 2000 and 2009 1,811 26.0%
Built between 2010 and 2019 1,011 N/A
Built in 2020 or Later 58 N/A
Y-o-Y Change
Occupied Housing Units 19,035 -0.4%
Owner Occupied 7,527 -4.1%
Renter Occupied 11,508 2.1%
Owner Occupied 39.54%
Renter Occupied 60.46%
Y-o-Y Change
With Mortgage 4,514 -6.5%
Without Mortgage 3,013 -0.3%
Median Value with Mortgage $738,200 8.8%
Median Value without Mortgage $671,800 8.7%
Median Housing Costs per Month $1,689 4.7%
With Mortgage 59.97%
Without Mortgage 40.03%

What is the level of education in San Luis Obispo?

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Approximately 16.99% of the population in San Luis Obispo holds a high school degree (that's 7,150 residents), while 38.1% have attained a college certificate (7,194 locals) and 23.95% have a bachelor's degree (10,078 people).
Y-o-Y Change
No High School 634 -16.6%
Some High School 7,150 4.7%
Some College 7,194 -7.0%
Associate Degree 2,524 -8.3%
Bachelor's Degree 10,078 3.2%
Graduate Degree 5,662 -2.0%
No High School 1.51%
Some High School 16.99%
Some College 38.1%
Associate Degree 6%
Bachelor's Degree 23.95%
Graduate Degree 13.46%

What is the marital status of San Luis Obispo residents?

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A total of 25,347 people in San Luis Obispo have never been married (which represents 59.01% of the total population), while 12,373 of them are wedded (28.8%). Separated and divorced residents are in smaller numbers, at 405 (0.94%) and 3,561 (8.29%), respectively.
Y-o-Y Change
Never Married 25,347 3.4%
Married 12,373 -3.5%
Separated 405 -14.2%
Widowed 1,676 -4.7%
Divorced 3,561 -3.5%
Never Married 59.01%
Married 28.8%
Separated 0.94%
Widowed 3.9%
Divorced 8.29%

What are the most common means of transportation in San Luis Obispo?

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The top three means of transportation people in San Luis Obispo use to get to work are: car, walking and bicycle. A total of 18,006 residents commute by car, 1,790 prefer going to work by walking and 1,329 by bicycle.
Y-o-Y Change
Car 18,006 -4.4%
Bus or TrolleyBus 418 -20.1%
Bicycle 1,329 -9.2%
Motorcycle 76 -17.4%
TaxiCab 82 20.6%
Walk 1,790 -6.0%

What is the median and average household income in San Luis Obispo by zipcode?

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ZipCode Population Number of Households Median Income Average Income
93401 28,654 12,612 $83,814.00 $117,671.00
93405 25,081 8,332 $49,678.00 $84,978.00
93410 7,021 0 $0.00 $0.00

Methodology & Disclaimers


Demographic data shown in this section was gathered from the latest U.S. Census Bureau release, the 2021 American Community Survey. The information is updated yearly, as soon as new data is made available by the US Census Bureau.
No representation, guarantee or warranty is made as to the accuracy or completeness of information modified or aggregated for specific neighborhoods and/or zip codes.

Zip codes included in this demographic data: 93401 93405 93410