San Luis Obispo, CA

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2020 Population
47,402
0.211% 1-year growth
US Senator
Dianne Feinstein
Democratic Party
US Senator
Alex Padilla
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
26.7
0% 1-year change
2018 Poverty Rate
31.8%
1.84% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$58,546
4.41% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$662,300
2.97% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
25,651
1.65% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, San Luis Obispo, CA had a population of 47.4k people with a median age of 26.7 and a median household income of $58,546. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of San Luis Obispo, CA grew from 47,302 to 47,402, a 0.211% increase and its median household income grew from $56,071 to $58,546, a 4.41% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in San Luis Obispo, CA are White (Non-Hispanic) (70.1%), White (Hispanic) (12.5%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.96%), Other (Hispanic) (3.74%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.45%).

None of the households in San Luis Obispo, CA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

95.8% of the residents in San Luis Obispo, CA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in San Luis Obispo, CA are Laurus College (122 degrees awarded in 2020) and Central California School of Continuing Education (69 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in San Luis Obispo, CA was $662,300, and the homeownership rate was 41.1%.

Most people in San Luis Obispo, CA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 15.3 minutes. The average car ownership in San Luis Obispo, CA was 2 cars per household.

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geosearchPopulation & Diversity

San Luis Obispo, CA is home to a population of 47.4k people, from which 95.8% are citizens. As of 2020, 8.7% of San Luis Obispo, CA residents were born outside of the country (4.13k people).

In 2020, there were 5.59 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (33.2k people) in San Luis Obispo, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.95k White (Hispanic) and 2.35k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

95.8%
2020 Citizenship
95.5%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 95.8% of San Luis Obispo, CA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in San Luis Obispo, CA was 95.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in San Luis Obispo, CA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    33.2k ± 985
  2. White (Hispanic)
    5.95k ± 744
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    2.35k ± 468
18.8%
Hispanic Population
8.92k people

In 2020, there were 5.59 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (33.2k people) in San Luis Obispo, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.95k White (Hispanic) and 2.35k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

18.8% of the people in San Luis Obispo, CA are hispanic (8.92k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    4,008,868 ± 46,586 people
  2. Philippines
    829,356 ± 22,122 people
  3. China
    683,718 ± 20,124 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 4,008,868 California residents, followed by Philippines with 829,356 and China with 683,718.

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Foreign-Born Population

8.7%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
4.13k people
8.79%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
4.16k people

As of 2020, 8.7% of San Luis Obispo, CA residents (4.13k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in San Luis Obispo, CA was 8.79%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    617 ± 119
  2. Korea
    246 ± 124
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    188 ± 100

San Luis Obispo, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.51 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of San Luis Obispo, CA employs 25.7k people. The largest industries in San Luis Obispo, CA are Accommodation & Food Services (3,868 people), Educational Services (3,801 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,135 people), and the highest paying industries are Information ($107,868), Utilities ($93,690), and Finance & Insurance ($81,094).

Males in California have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $64,427. The income inequality in California (measured using the Gini index) is 0.498, which is higher than than the national average.

Occupations

25.7k
2020 Value
± 1,299
1.65%
1 Year growth
± 6.73%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in San Luis Obispo, CA grew at a rate of 1.65%, from 25.2k employees to 25.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in San Luis Obispo, CA, are Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2,959 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,706 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,505 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of San Luis Obispo, CA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

25.7k
2020 Value
± 1,299
1.65%
1 Year growth
± 6.73%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in San Luis Obispo, CA grew at a rate of 1.65%, from 25.2k employees to 25.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in San Luis Obispo, CA, are Accommodation & Food Services (3,868 people), Educational Services (3,801 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,135 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of San Luis Obispo, CA, though some of these residents may live in San Luis Obispo, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$35,420
Median earning men ± $4,969
$25,139
Median earning women ± $3,461

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Information ($129,250), Wholesale Trade ($95,424), and Public Administration ($77,050).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Construction ($65,362), Information ($55,500), and Public Administration ($55,020).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in California. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in California.

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $407B
  2. $158B
  3. $149B

In 2020, the top outbound California product (by dollars) was Electronics with $407B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($158B) and Mixed freight ($149B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound California products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$2.26T
2020 Value in California
$4.61T
Projected 2050 Value in California
104% growth

In 2020, total outbound California trade was $2.26T. This is expected to increase 104% to $4.61T by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound California trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $83.5B
  2. $44.4B
  3. $43.3B

In 2020, the top outbound California domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $83.5B, followed by Arizona with $44.4B and Ohio and $43.3B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that California shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla are the senators currently representing the state of California. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

California is currently represented by 53 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from California

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Dianne Feinstein
Senator from California1
Assumed office on November 10, 1992
Elected to the seat to succeed John Seymour (California politician)|John Seymour, who had been appointed to the seat after Pete Wilson was elected Governor of California.
Alex Padilla
Senator from California3
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Kamala Harris, who had become Vice President of the United States.

Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla are the senators currently representing California.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in California over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from California

California is currently represented by 53 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for California have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2020, universities in San Luis Obispo, CA awarded 191 degrees. The student population of San Luis Obispo, CA in 2020 is skewed towards men, with 534 male students and 475 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in San Luis Obispo, CA are Hispanic or Latino (75 and 39.3%), followed by White (61 and 31.9%), Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders (20 and 10.5%), and Unknown (13 and 6.81%).

The largest universities in San Luis Obispo, CA by number of degrees awarded are Laurus College (122 and 63.9%) and Central California School of Continuing Education (69 and 36.1%).

The most popular majors in San Luis Obispo, CA are Medical Insurance Specialist (64 and 33.5%), Diagnostic Medical Sonography & Ultrasound Technician (43 and 22.5%), and Computer Support Specialist (22 and 11.5%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2020 there were 1,009 students enrolled in San Luis Obispo, CA, 52.9% men and 47.1% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 291 records, of which 55% were women and 45% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 22 degree-majors awarded
  2. 20 degree-majors awarded
  3. 64 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in San Luis Obispo, CA was Computer Support Specialist with 22 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in San Luis Obispo, CA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 122 degrees awarded
  2. 69 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Laurus College with 122 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2020, 62 men were awarded degrees from institutions in San Luis Obispo, CA, which is 0.481 times less than the 129 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was Hispanic or Latino students. These 75 degrees mean that there were 1.23 times more degrees awarded to Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 61 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Private for-profit, 2-year ($9,820) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Private for-profit, 2-year ($75) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Private for-profit, 2-year ($500) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 1.74% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 1.99% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were Some college (7.14M), High School or Equivalent (6.69M), and Bachelors Degree (6.15M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in San Luis Obispo, CA was $662,300 in 2020, which is 2.88 times larger than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $643,200 to $662,300, a 2.97% increase. The homeownership rate in San Luis Obispo, CA is 41.1%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in San Luis Obispo, CA have an average commute time of 15.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in San Luis Obispo, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in San Luis Obispo, CA is $58,546. In 2020, the place with the highest median household income in San Luis Obispo, CA was Census Tract 116 with a value of $128,194, followed by Census Tract 110.02 and Census Tract 113, with respective values of $86,250 and $80,393.

Property

$662,300
Median Property Value 2020
±$17,060
$7,848
Median Property Taxes
±$592

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In San Luis Obispo, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in San Luis Obispo, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

41.1%
Homeownership
2020
73.3%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 41.1% of the housing units in San Luis Obispo, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 38.8%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 116
  2. Census Tract 110.02
  3. Census Tract 113

In 2020, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in San Luis Obispo, CA was Census Tract 116 with a value of $128,194, followed by Census Tract 110.02 and Census Tract 113, with respective values of $86,250 and $80,393.

The following map shows all of the places in San Luis Obispo, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$58,546
Median Household Income
± $4,335
18.7k
Number of Households
± 887

In 2020, the median household income of the 18.7k households in San Luis Obispo, CA grew to $58,546 from the previous year's value of $56,071.

The following chart displays the households in San Luis Obispo, CA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for San Luis Obispo, CA is from California.
0.498
2020 Wage GINI in California
0.499
2019 Wage GINI in California

In 2020, the income inequality in California was 0.498 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.321% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (69.4%)
  2. Worked At Home (7.69%)
  3. Walked (7.66%)

In 2020, 69.4% of workers in San Luis Obispo, CA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (7.69%) and those who walked to work (7.66%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

15.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in San Luis Obispo, CA have a shorter commute time (15.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.23% of the workforce in San Luis Obispo, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in San Luis Obispo, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in San Luis Obispo, CA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

31.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in San Luis Obispo, CA (14.7k out of 46.1k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in San Luis Obispo, CA is White, followed by Hispanic and Asian.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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95.5% of the population of San Luis Obispo, CA has health coverage, with 59% on employee plans, 10.8% on Medicaid, 9.56% on Medicare, 15.4% on non-group plans, and 0.641% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in California was $7,549 in 2014. This is a 4.04% increase from the previous year ($7,256).

Primary care physicians in San Luis Obispo County, CA see 1219 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.08% increase from the previous year (1206 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1160 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 158 patients per year.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in California, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,219 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in San Luis Obispo County, CA

Primary care physicians in San Luis Obispo County, CA see an average of 1,219 patients per year. This represents a 1.08% increase from the previous year (1,206 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in San Luis Obispo County, CA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of California across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 13.3% under 18 years, 47.5% between 18 and 34 years, 26% between 35 and 64 years, and 13.2% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50.3% were men and 49.7% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

4.5%
Uninsured
59%
Employer Coverage
10.8%
Medicaid
9.56%
Medicare
15.4%
Non-Group
0.641%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in San Luis Obispo, CA declined by 1.35% from 4.56% to 4.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in San Luis Obispo, CA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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