San Luis Obispo County, CA

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Population

284,010

0.213% growth

Median Age

39.6


Median Household Income

$71,148

1.02% decline

Poverty Rate

13.8%


Number of Employees

128,406

2.6% decline

Median Property Value

$593,100

3.26% growth

About

In 2018, San Luis Obispo County, CA had a population of 284k people with a median age of 39.6 and a median household income of $71,148. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of San Luis Obispo County, CA grew from 283,405 to 284,010, a 0.213% increase and its median household income declined from $71,880 to $71,148, a -1.02% decrease.

The population of San Luis Obispo County, CA is 68.5% White Alone, 22.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 3.43% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in San Luis Obispo County, CA speak a non-English language, and 94.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in San Luis Obispo County, CA are California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo (5,205 degrees awarded in 2017), Cuesta College (1,422 degrees), and Laurus College (248 degrees).

The median property value in San Luis Obispo County, CA is $593,100, and the homeownership rate is 61.3%. Most people in San Luis Obispo County, CA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.7 minutes. The average car ownership in San Luis Obispo County, CA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of San Luis Obispo County, CA employs 128k people. The largest industries in San Luis Obispo County, CA are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,771 people), Educational Services (14,503 people), and Retail Trade (13,202 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($123,367), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($75,215), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($67,227).

Median household income in San Luis Obispo County, CA is $71,148. Males in San Luis Obispo County, CA have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $62,298. The income inequality in San Luis Obispo County, CA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.499, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$71,148

2018 value

± $3,925

-1.02%

1 Year Growth

± 7.95%

Households in San Luis Obispo County, CA have a median annual income of $71,148, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $71,880 in 2017, which represents a -1.02% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$78,575

Average Male Salary

± $755

$62,298

Average Female Salary

± $633

In 2018, full-time male employees in California made 1.26 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in California by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $73,860 ± $1,174

  2. White

    $65,115 ± $611

  3. Two or More Races

    $54,912 ± $1,843

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of California workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in California by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for San Luis Obispo County, CA is from California.

0.499

2018 Wage GINI

0.497

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in California was 0.499 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.324% growth from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2018 the GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in California across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 115.04

  2. Census Tract 115.03

  3. Census Tract 116

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in San Luis Obispo County, CA was Census Tract 115.04 with a value of $104,583, followed by Census Tract 115.03 and Census Tract 116, with respective values of $102,794 and $100,819.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in San Luis Obispo County, CA (36.4k out of 264k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 55 - 64.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    30,518 ± 1,403

  2. Hispanic

    9,552 ± 806

  3. Other

    2,270 ± 473

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

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

128k

2018 Value

± 6,512

-2.6%

1 Year decline

± 7.36%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in San Luis Obispo County, CA declined at a rate of -2.6%, from 132k employees to 128k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in San Luis Obispo County, CA, are Management Occupations (14,917 people), Sales & Related Occupations (13,135 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (12,664 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of San Luis Obispo County, CA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of San Luis Obispo County, CA, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (14,917 people), Sales & Related Occupations (13,135 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (12,664 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, San Luis Obispo County, CA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (5.65 times higher than expected), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.7 times), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.47 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of San Luis Obispo County, CA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($114,224), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($85,573), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($81,993).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

128k

2018 Value

± 6,512

-2.6%

1 Year decline

± 7.36%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in San Luis Obispo County, CA declined at a rate of -2.6%, from 132k employees to 128k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in San Luis Obispo County, CA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,771 people), Educational Services (14,503 people), and Retail Trade (13,202 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of San Luis Obispo County, CA, though some of these residents may live in San Luis Obispo County, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in San Luis Obispo County, CA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,771 people), Educational Services (14,503 people), and Retail Trade (13,202 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, San Luis Obispo County, CA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.85 times higher than expected), Utilities (3.13 times), and Construction (1.27 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in San Luis Obispo County, CA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($123,367), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($75,215), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($67,227).

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Domestic Trade

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. $232B

  2. $172B

  3. $136B

In 2015, the top outbound California product (by dollars) was Electronics with $232B, followed by Mixed freight ($172B) and Gasoline ($136B).

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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$1.7T

2020 Value

$2.48T

Projected 2045 Value

46.3% growth

In 2020, total outbound California trade was $1.7T. This is expected to increase 46.3% to $2.48T by 2045.

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. $71.8B

  2. $46.9B

  3. $34B

In 2015, the top outbound California domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $71.8B, followed by Arizona with $46.9B and Washington and $34B.

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

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Health

94% of the population of San Luis Obispo County, CA has health coverage, with 46.4% on employee plans, 15.8% on Medicaid, 15% on Medicare, 15.6% on non-group plans, and 1.2% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of San Luis Obispo County, CA 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 1173 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.428% increase from the previous year (1168 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1235 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 188 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (10.6%). Additionally, Tulare County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,173 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in San Luis Obispo County, CA see an average of 1,173 patients per year. This represents a 0.428% increase from the previous year (1,168 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 neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,549

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,735

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,368

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,833

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in California (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.04%, from $7,256 to $7,549.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

6.04%

Uninsured

46.4%

Employer Coverage

15.8%

Medicaid

15%

Medicare

15.6%

Non-Group

1.2%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in San Luis Obispo County, CA grew by 4.11% from 5.8% to 6.04%.

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

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 10.6% prevalence

  2. 10.5% prevalence

  3. 10.3% prevalence

Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in California, at 10.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in California by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

San Luis Obispo County, CA is home to a population of 284k people, from which 94.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 10.3% of San Luis Obispo County, CA residents were born outside of the country (29.2k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of San Luis Obispo County, CA is composed of 194k White Alone residents (68.5%), 64.8k Hispanic or Latino residents (22.8%), 9.75k Asian Alone residents (3.43%), 8.05k Two or More Races residents (2.83%), 4.71k Black or African American Alone residents (1.66%), 1.37k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.481%), 714 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.251%), and 235 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0827%).

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 1

45

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.9

In 2018, the median age of all people in San Luis Obispo County, CA was 39.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in San Luis Obispo County, CA are getting staying the same age. In 2017, the average age of all San Luis Obispo County, CA residents was 40.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

10.3%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

29.2k people

10.3%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

29.2k people

As of 2017, 10.3% of San Luis Obispo County, CA residents (29.2k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in San Luis Obispo County, CA was 10.3%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    4,032,642 ± 46,722 people

  2. Philippines

    840,765 ± 22,271 people

  3. China

    696,409 ± 20,307 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 4,032,642 California residents, followed by Philippines with 840,765 and China with 696,409.

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Citizenship

94.4%

2018 Citizenship

95.5%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 94.4% of San Luis Obispo County, CA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in San Luis Obispo County, CA was 95.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    194k ± 450

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    64.8k ± 3.63k

  3. Asian Alone

    9.75k ± 1.14k

In 2018, there were 3 times more White Alone residents (194k people) in San Luis Obispo County, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 64.8k Hispanic or Latino and 9.75k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in San Luis Obispo County, CA as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    7,701 ± 1,246

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,186 ± 778

  3. Korea

    1,810 ± 668

San Luis Obispo County, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.52 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in San Luis Obispo County, CA awarded 7,150 degrees. The student population of San Luis Obispo County, CA is skewed towards men, with 17,625 male students and 16,994 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in San Luis Obispo County, CA are White (4,119 and 58.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,382 and 19.6%), Asian (667 and 9.47%), and Two or More Races (407 and 5.78%).

The largest universities in San Luis Obispo County, CA by number of degrees awarded are California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo (5,205 and 72.8%), Cuesta College (1,422 and 19.9%), and Laurus College (248 and 3.47%).

The most popular majors in San Luis Obispo County, CA are General Business Administration & Management (855 and 12%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (446 and 6.24%), and Mechanical Engineering (266 and 3.72%).

The median tuition costs in San Luis Obispo County, CA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $5,742 and $17,622 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 648 degrees awarded

  2. 245 degrees awarded

  3. 191 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in San Luis Obispo County, CA was General Business Administration & Management with 648 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 5,205 degrees awarded

  2. 1,422 degrees awarded

  3. 248 degrees awarded

$5,742

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the San Luis Obispo County, CA institution with the largest number of graduating students was California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo with 5,205 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,413

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,737

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 3,413 men were awarded degrees from institutions in San Luis Obispo County, CA, which is 0.913 times less than the 3,737 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,119 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,382 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    667 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in San Luis Obispo County, CA were to White students. These 4,119 degrees mean that there were 2.98 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,382 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in San Luis Obispo County, CA was $593,100 in 2018, which is 2.58 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $574,400 to $593,100, a 3.26% increase. The homeownership rate in San Luis Obispo County, CA is 61.3%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in San Luis Obispo County, CA have an average commute time of 20.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in San Luis Obispo County, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$593,100

2018 Median

± $17,132

$574,400

2017 Median

± $17,041

In 2018, the median property value in San Luis Obispo County, CA grew to to $593,100 from the previous year's value of $574,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in San Luis Obispo County, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In San Luis Obispo County, CA the largest share of households have a property value in the $500k - $750k range.

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Household Income

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$71,148

Median Household Income

± $3,925

106k

Number of Households

± 5,112

In 2018, the median household income of the 106k households in San Luis Obispo County, CA declined from $71,148 from the previous year's value of $71,880.

The following chart displays the households in San Luis Obispo County, 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in San Luis Obispo County, CA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In San Luis Obispo County, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

61.3%

2018 Homeownership

60.4%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 61.3% of the housing units in San Luis Obispo County, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 60.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in San Luis Obispo County, CA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

20.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in San Luis Obispo County, CA have a shorter commute time (20.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.66% of the workforce in San Luis Obispo County, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    71.4%

  2. Carpooled

    12.8%

  3. Worked At Home

    7.25%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in San Luis Obispo County, CA was Drove Alone (71.4%), followed by those who Carpooled (12.8%) and those who Worked At Home (7.25%).

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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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in San Luis Obispo County, 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 County, CA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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