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San Luis Obispo County, CA


Metropolitan Statistical Area: San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA
Designated Market Area: Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo, CA
USDA County Type (2015): Recreation/Tourism
American Communities Project County Type (2023): Exurbs

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2022 population: 282,013   ( 12,376 from 2010)
Land area: 3300.8 square miles
Population density: 85.4 persons per square mile

2022 Census data
White:189,364 67.15% 1.2%
Black:4,5111.60% 12.0%
Indian:1,3380.47% 2.1%
Asian:11,1553.96% 32.0%
2+ races:7,6762.72% 23.1%
Hispanic:67,96924.10% 21.4%
Total non-White:92,64932.85% 18.9%

2020-2022 ComponentsNumberRate
Births:5,387 9.5
Deaths:5,95110.5
Net Migration: -256-0.5
Net Immigration: 3030.5
Change in White population:-2,332 -0.9
Change in Non-White pop.:14,708 5.5




Race Breakdown with Components of Population Change

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Year:
Total population:
White:
Black:
Indian:
Asian:
2+ races:
Hispanic:
Total non-White:

2010
269,637
191,69671.09%
5,1281.90%
1,3670.51%
8,4523.13%
6,2372.31%
55,97320.76%
77,94128.91%

2000
246,681
187,84076.15%
4,7431.92%
1,4900.60%
6,5692.66%
5,4782.22%
40,19616.29%
58,84123.85%

1990
217,162
177,11681.56%
5,0662.33%
1,9040.88%
6,2072.86%
n/a
26,86912.37%
40,04618.44%

1980
155,435
132,88585.49%
2,6311.69%
1,5100.97%
3,4542.22%
n/a
14,7559.49%
22,55014.51%

1970
105,690
88,55383.79%
2,0291.92%
4590.43%
1,7621.67%
n/a
11,73611.10%
17,137 16.21%

Decade:
Components:
Births:
Deaths:
Net Migration:
Net Immigration:
Change in White population:
Change in Non-White pop.:

2000's
NumberRate
24,628 10.0
19,1367.8
11,9474.8
4,3531.8
3,856 1.6
19,100 7.7
1990's
NumberRate
26,127 12.0
18,6588.6
10,6934.9
4,4372.0
10,724 4.9
18,795 8.7
1980's
NumberRate
25,389 16.3
15,101 9.7
51,955 33.4
n/a
44,231 28.5
17,496 11.3
1970's
NumberRate
n/a
n/a
43,792 41.4
n/a
44,332 41.9
5,413 5.1

Age, Family & Household Data for San Luis Obispo County, CA

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Year:
 
Median Age:
Under 18:
Voting Age Population:
Over 65:
Households:
Persons Per HH:
Families (%HH):
Married Couples (%Fams):
Single Mothers (%Fams):
Non-Family (%HH):

2022
NumberPercent
40.0
49,037 17.4%
232,976 82.6%
59,439 21.1%
108,099
2.47
67,907 62.8%
53,577 78.9%
4,239 6.2%
40,192 37.2%

2010
NumberPercent
39.4
50,841 18.9%
218,796 81.1%
41,022 15.2%
102,016
2.48
63,691 62.4%
49,731 78.1%
4,922 7.7%
38,325 37.6%

2000
NumberPercent
37.2
53,068 21.5%
193,613 78.5%
35,679 14.5%
92,732
2.49
58,954 63.6%
47,424 80.4%
4,828 8.2%
33,778 36.4%

1990
NumberPercent
33.2
47,673 22.0%
169,489 78.0%
30,612 14.1%
80,195
2.53
52,703 65.7%
43,507 82.6%
4,068 7.7%
27,492 34.3%

1980
NumberPercent
30.3
33,767 21.7%
121,668 78.3%
20,677 13.3%
58,166
2.51
39,324 67.6%
33,489 85.2%
2,914 7.4%
18,842 32.4%

2022 Housing Data for San Luis Obispo County, CA

Housing Data
 Number%
Housing Units123,968 
Median Value$726,700 
Occupied108,09987.2%
Vacant15,86912.8%
Owned67,03162.0%
Rented41,06838.0%
Median Rent$1,800 
Single-Family Units92,05374.3%
    Detached84,54868.2%
    Attached7,5056.1%
Buldings with 5+ Units12,2699.9%
Mobile Homes9,3147.5%

2022 Income & Employment Data for San Luis Obispo County, CA

Household Income
RangeNumber%
Less than $10,0004,7494.4%
$10,000 to $14,9993,1862.9%
$15,000 to $19,9993,3613.1%
$20,000 to $24,9992,6592.5%
$25,000 to $29,9993,7713.5%
$30,000 to $34,9993,0132.8%
$35,000 to $39,9993,2063.0%
$40,000 to $44,9993,4303.2%
$45,000 to $49,9993,1312.9%
$50,000 to $59,9996,4486.0%
$60,000 to $74,9999,2938.6%
$75,000 to $99,99912,83811.9%
$100,000 to $124,99912,15211.2%
$125,000 to $149,9998,8028.1%
$150,000 to $199,99912,57811.6%
$200,000 or more15,48214.3%
Median Household Income90,158 
Per Capita Income47,390 
Cost of Living Index   (100 = average)
Compared to state104 
Compared to U.S.130 
Welfare Households
 Number%
SSI4,7604.4%
Public Assistance2,1832.0%
Public Asst. or Food Stamps7,4366.9%
Labor Force, Ages 25-64
 Number%
Employed90,87467.2%
Unemployed4,8983.6%
In Armed Forces1,1410.8%
Total Labor Force96,91371.7%
Not in Labor Force38,24128.3%
Real Unemployment Rate 31.9%
Class of Worker
 MaleFemale% Male
Private Sector47,44635,16057.4%
Non-Profit2,2434,80531.8%
Self-Employed10,4127,29358.8%
Local Government4,2716,96738.0%
State Government5,1425,65047.6%
Federal Government1,12368162.3%
Total Private + Self57,85842,45357.7%
Total Non-Profit + Govt.12,77918,10341.4%
Total70,63760,55653.8%
Pct. Govt.18.2%  
Occupation
 Number%
Management, Business, Science, Arts21,83316.6%
Sales and Office Occupations27,39320.8%
Professional, Technical31,84024.2%
Service Occupations25,57919.5%
Farming, Forestry, Fishing2,6392.0%
All others24,86118.9%
White Collar 61.6%
Industry
 Number%
Health care and social assistance15,79512.0%
Retail trade14,19310.8%
Educational services13,28910.1%
Accommodation and food services13,08910.0%
Professional, scientific, technical10,8338.2%
Manufacturing10,5378.0%
Construction10,1967.8%
Public administration7,6455.8%
Other services6,3244.8%
Administrative, support, waste mgmt.4,3493.3%
Agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting4,2923.3%
Transportation and warehousing4,0643.1%
Finance and insurance3,4152.6%
Utilities2,9882.3%
Real estate and rental and leasing2,6672.0%
Arts, entertainment, recreation2,6142.0%
Wholesale trade2,4051.8%
Information2,3271.8%
Mining, quarrying, oil/gas extraction3160.2%
Management1680.1%

2022 Ancestry, Citizenship & Language Data for San Luis Obispo County, CA

Hispanic Breakdown
CountryNumber%
Mexican56,09319.91%
Puerto Rican1,2360.44%
Cuban4110.15%
Dominican230.01%
Total Central American1,8510.66%
Costa Rican700.02%
Guatemalan7240.26%
Honduran2530.09%
Nicaraguan1780.06%
Panamanian440.02%
Salvadoran5820.21%
Other Central American00.00%
Total South American1,3160.47%
Argentinean2640.09%
Bolivian00.00%
Chilean470.02%
Colombian4680.17%
Ecuadorian1060.04%
Paraguayan00.00%
Peruvian2860.10%
Uruguayan00.00%
Venezuelan460.02%
Other South American990.04%
Other Hispanic5,0161.78%
Asian Breakdown
CountryNumber%
Filipino2,3900.85%
Chinese2,3380.83%
Japanese1,3150.47%
Vietnamese1,0470.37%
Indian1,0340.37%
Korean9040.32%
Taiwanese1500.05%
Cambodian1440.05%
Thai1150.04%
Language Spoken at Home
LanguageNumber%
English223,94283.2%
Spanish32,66212.1%
Other Indo-European2,1500.8%
Chinese1,9130.7%
German, other Germanic1,5530.6%
Other Asian1,5180.6%
French, Haitian, Cajun1,0330.4%
Other9250.3%
Tagalog9180.3%
Ancestry
CountryNumber%
German42,78015.2%
English38,20413.6%
Irish33,71312.0%
Italian19,1986.8%
European9,1723.3%
French8,6793.1%
American8,2362.9%
Scottish8,1842.9%
Portuguese6,2442.2%
Polish5,0011.8%
Norwegian4,6421.6%
Swedish4,5451.6%
Dutch4,1401.5%
Russian2,9451.0%
Scotch-Irish2,5860.9%
Citizenship & Nativity
 Number%
U.S. citizen268,90695.5%
Not a citizen12,8064.5%
Native254,99190.5%
Foreign-born26,7219.5%

2022 Educational Attainment Data for San Luis Obispo County, CA

Educational Attainment, Population 25 Years and Older
< 9 Years9-12 YearsH.S. Grad or GEDSome CollegeBach. DegreeGrad Degree
6,383 3.4%8,683 4.6%35,358 18.7%67,136 35.4%45,318 23.9%26,649 14.1%
  Average years of education: 13.9
Population 25 Years and Older
< 9 Years 6,383 3.4%
9-12 Years 8,683 4.6%
H.S. Grad or GED 35,358 18.7%
Some College 67,136 35.4%
Bach. Degree 45,318 23.9%
Grad Degree 26,649 14.1%
Average years of education: 13.9

Source for the above data: U.S. Census Bureau / American Community Survey (5 year-estimates)


Historical Labor Force Data for San Luis Obispo County, CA

Labor Force Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
YearLabor
Force
EmployedUnemployedUnemp.
Rate
State
Avg.
1990 99,740 95,134 4,606 4.6% 5.8%
1991 96,383 90,498 5,885 6.1% 7.8%
1992 99,563 92,075 7,488 7.5% 9.4%
1993 101,239 92,946 8,293 8.2% 9.5%
1994 99,813 92,546 7,267 7.3% 8.7%
1995 100,893 94,279 6,614 6.6% 7.9%
1996 101,821 96,015 5,806 5.7% 7.3%
1997 105,368 100,328 5,040 4.8% 6.4%
1998 108,281 103,749 4,532 4.2% 5.9%
1999 111,416 107,765 3,651 3.3% 5.3%
2000 122,394 117,520 4,874 4.0% 4.9%
2001 125,832 120,737 5,095 4.0% 5.5%
2002 128,300 122,275 6,025 4.7% 6.8%
2003 127,885 121,801 6,084 4.8% 6.9%
2004 129,513 123,591 5,922 4.6% 6.2%
2005 131,505 125,914 5,591 4.3% 5.4%
2006 132,589 127,377 5,212 3.9% 4.9%
2007 134,219 128,525 5,694 4.2% 5.3%
2008 136,469 128,561 7,908 5.8% 7.3%
2009 136,937 124,356 12,581 9.2% 11.5%
2010 133,590 119,904 13,686 10.2% 12.5%
2011 134,066 121,031 13,035 9.7% 11.9%
2012 137,013 125,533 11,480 8.4% 10.5%
2013 137,727 128,206 9,521 6.9% 9.0%
2014 139,919 132,020 7,899 5.6% 7.6%
2015 138,913 132,302 6,611 4.8% 6.3%
2016 139,484 133,438 6,046 4.3% 5.5%
2017 140,345 135,263 5,082 3.6% 4.8%
2018 140,099 135,867 4,232 3.0% 4.3%
2019 139,591 135,508 4,083 2.9% 4.2%
2020 132,690 122,495 10,195 7.7% 10.1%
2021 135,428 128,208 7,220 5.3% 7.3%
2022 137,203 133,048 4,155 3.0% 4.2%
Link: Information about the TRUE unemployment rate from shadowstats.com