South Lake Tahoe, 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 South Lake Tahoe?

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There are 21,355 residents in South Lake Tahoe, with a median age of 39. Of this, 51.95% are males and 48.05% are females. US-born citizens make up 77.55% of the resident pool in South Lake Tahoe, while non-US-born citizens account for 13.21%. Additionally, 9.24% of the population is represented by non-citizens.
A total of 18,450 people in South Lake Tahoe currently live in the same house as they did last year.
Y-o-Y Change
Total Population 21,355 -5.2%
Male Population 11,094 -5.5%
Female Population 10,261 -5.0%
Male population 51.95%
Female population 48.05%
Y-o-Y Change
Median Age 39 0.5%
Citizen US Born 16,560 -6.0%
Citizen not US Born 2,822 1.0%
Not Citizen 1,973 -7.4%
Citizen US Born 77.55%
Citizen not US Born 13.21%
Not Citizen 9.24%
Y-o-Y Change
Moved from Abroad 106 -15.2%
Moved from Same County 1,252 -20.7%
Moved from Same State 974 6.3%
Moved from Different State 457 -34.3%
Same House as Last Year 18,450 -3.4%
Moved from Abroad 0.5%
Moved from Same County 5.89%
Moved from Same State 4.59%
Moved from Different State 2.15%
Same House as Last Year 86.87%

What are the employment statistics in South Lake Tahoe?

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White-collar workers make up 80.07% of the working population in South Lake Tahoe, while blue-collar employees account for 19.93%. There are also 1,547 entrepreneurs in South Lake Tahoe (12.61% of the workforce); 8,894 workers employed in private companies (72.48%); and 1,128 people working in governmental institutions (9.19%).
Y-o-Y Change
White Collar 9,826 -4.9%
Blue Collar 2,445 -4.2%
White Collar 80.07%
Blue Collar 19.93%
Y-o-Y Change
Self Employees 1,547 -16.7%
Private Companies 8,894 -2.0%
Governmental Workers 1,128 -5.4%
Not for Profit Companies 702 -7.1%
Self Employees 12.61%
Private Companies 72.48%
Governmental Workers 9.19%
Not for Profit Companies 5.72%

How many households are there in South Lake Tahoe?

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There are a total of 9,078 households in South Lake Tahoe, each made up of around 2 members. Family establishments represent 53.57% of these South Lake Tahoe households, while non-family units account for the remaining 46.43%. Additionally, 24.12% of households have children and 75.88% of households are without children.
Y-o-Y Change
Total Households 9,078 -5.0%
Average People Per Household 2 -0.4%
Family Households 4,863 -0.1%
Non-family Households 4,215 -10.0%
Family Households 53.57%
Non-family Households 46.43%
Y-o-Y Change
Households with Children 2,190 5.1%
Households without Children 6,888 -7.8%
Households with Children 24.12%
Households without Children 75.88%

What are the median and average incomes in South Lake Tahoe?

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The average annual household income in South Lake Tahoe is $92,351, while the median household income sits at $57,976 per year. Residents aged 25 to 44 earn $69,421, while those between 45 and 64 years old have a median wage of $67,233. In contrast, people younger than 25 and those older than 65 earn less, at $35,138 and $44,331, respectively.
Y-o-Y Change
Average Household Income $92,351 8.6%
Median Household Income $57,976 9.7%
People below Poverty Level 2,689 3.9%
People above Poverty Level 18,297 -6.5%

How many homeowners and renters are there in South Lake Tahoe?

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There are 16,385 housing units in South Lake Tahoe, and the median year in which these properties were built is 1971. Of the 9,078 occupied housing units in South Lake Tahoe, 44.3% are owner-occupied, while 55.7% have renters living in them.
Meanwhile, properties bought with mortgages account for 65.59% of the units, and the median value of a home with a mortgage is $435,400. In general, housing costs reach $1,262 per month in South Lake Tahoe.
Y-o-Y Change
Housing Units 16,385 -3.5%
Median Year Built 1971 0.0%
Built in 1939 or Earlier 238 -3.2%
Built between 1940 and 1949 709 0.1%
Built between 1950 and 1959 2,471 -7.9%
Built between 1960 and 1969 4,146 -1.2%
Built between 1970 and 1979 4,811 -5.1%
Built between 1980 and 1989 1,764 5.6%
Built between 1990 and 1999 1,211 -1.1%
Built between 2000 and 2009 608 -27.4%
Built between 2010 and 2019 427 N/A
Y-o-Y Change
Occupied Housing Units 9,078 -5.0%
Owner Occupied 4,022 0.7%
Renter Occupied 5,056 -9.0%
Owner Occupied 44.3%
Renter Occupied 55.7%
Y-o-Y Change
With Mortgage 2,638 5.9%
Without Mortgage 1,384 -8.0%
Median Value with Mortgage $435,400 7.0%
Median Value without Mortgage $473,600 3.9%
Median Housing Costs per Month $1,262 8.0%
With Mortgage 65.59%
Without Mortgage 34.41%

What is the level of education in South Lake Tahoe?

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Approximately 31.95% of the population in South Lake Tahoe holds a high school degree (that's 5,708 residents), while 29.14% have attained a college certificate (5,846 locals) and 19.03% have a bachelor's degree (3,399 people).
Y-o-Y Change
No High School 1,005 -1.9%
Some High School 5,708 -11.2%
Some College 5,846 -4.8%
Associate Degree 1,410 -7.0%
Bachelor's Degree 3,399 -3.0%
Graduate Degree 1,138 -5.6%
No High School 5.63%
Some High School 31.95%
Some College 29.14%
Associate Degree 7.89%
Bachelor's Degree 19.03%
Graduate Degree 6.37%

What is the marital status of South Lake Tahoe residents?

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A total of 7,769 people in South Lake Tahoe have never been married (which represents 41.97% of the total population), while 7,857 of them are wedded (42.44%). Separated and divorced residents are in smaller numbers, at 357 (1.93%) and 2,271 (12.27%), respectively.
Y-o-Y Change
Never Married 7,769 -3.1%
Married 7,857 -6.9%
Separated 357 -2.5%
Widowed 616 -22.7%
Divorced 2,271 -6.1%
Never Married 41.97%
Married 42.44%
Separated 1.93%
Widowed 3.33%
Divorced 12.27%

What are the most common means of transportation in South Lake Tahoe?

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The top three means of transportation people in South Lake Tahoe use to get to work are: car, walking and bus or trolley bus. A total of 9,117 residents commute by car, 797 prefer going to work by walking and 368 by bus or trolley bus.
Y-o-Y Change
Car 9,117 -6.0%
Bus or TrolleyBus 368 -8.7%
Bicycle 323 -26.8%
TaxiCab 13 -7.1%
Walk 797 3.8%

What is the median and average household income in South Lake Tahoe by zipcode?

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ZipCode Population Number of Households Median Income Average Income
96150 29,727 12,461 $68,082.00 $107,051.00

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: 96150 96155

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