San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
281,712
0.375% 1-year decline
US Senator
Alex Padilla
Democratic Party
US Senator
Laphonza Butler
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
40
0.756% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
12.6%
4.85% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$90,158
9.26% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$726,700
15.2% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
131,506
1.05% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA had a population of 282k people with a median age of 40 and a median household income of $90,158. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA declined from 282,771 to 281,712, a −0.375% decrease and its median household income grew from $82,514 to $90,158, a 9.26% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA are White (Non-Hispanic) (66.9%), White (Hispanic) (9.95%), Two+ (Hispanic) (7.57%), Other (Hispanic) (4.81%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.32%).

None of the households in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, 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.

95.5% of the residents in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA are California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo (5,619 degrees awarded in 2022), Cuesta College (4,702 degrees), and Laurus College (171 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA was $726,700, and the homeownership rate was 62%.

Most people in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21.6 minutes. The average car ownership in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA was 2 cars per household.

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA borders Bakersfield, CA, Hanford-Corcoran, CA, Salinas, CA, and Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA.

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Population & Diversity

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA is home to a population of 282k people, from which 95.5% are citizens. As of 2022, 9.55% of San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA residents were born outside of the country (26.9k people).

In 2022, there were 6.72 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (188k people) in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 28k White (Hispanic) and 21.3k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

95.5%
2022 Citizenship
95.2%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 95.5% of San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA was 95.2%, 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-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    188k ± 734
  2. White (Hispanic)
    28k ± 1.93k
  3. Two+ (Hispanic)
    21.3k ± 1.67k
23.4%
Hispanic Population
65.9k people

In 2022, there were 6.72 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (188k people) in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 28k White (Hispanic) and 21.3k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

23.4% of the people in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA are hispanic (65.9k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    3,899,021 ± 46,015 people
  2. Philippines
    824,230 ± 22,055 people
  3. China
    685,370 ± 20,148 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 3,899,021 California residents, followed by Philippines with 824,230 and China with 685,370.

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Foreign-Born Population

9.55%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
26.9k people
9.72%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
27.5k people

As of 2022, 9.55% of San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA residents (26.9k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA was 9.72%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    6,952 ± 569
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,983 ± 505
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,483 ± 340

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.33 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA employs 132k people. The largest industries in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA are Health Care & Social Assistance (15,795 people), Retail Trade (14,193 people), and Educational Services (13,289 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($143,739), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($128,750), and Public Administration ($81,935).

Males in California have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $75,777. The income inequality in California (measured using the Gini index) is 0.498, which is higher than than the national average.

Occupations

132k
2022 Value
± 3,152
1.05%
1 Year growth
± 3.34%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA grew at a rate of 1.05%, from 130k employees to 132k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA, are Management Occupations (15,710 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (13,764 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (13,629 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

132k
2022 Value
± 3,152
1.05%
1 Year growth
± 3.34%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA grew at a rate of 1.05%, from 130k employees to 132k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (15,795 people), Retail Trade (14,193 people), and Educational Services (13,289 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA, though some of these residents may live in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, 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

$53,645
Median earning men ± $2,496
$36,939
Median earning women ± $1,335

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($103,117), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($85,840), and Information ($81,450).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Information ($61,421), Public Administration ($59,318), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($56,375).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
2.57%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 17.9M people employed in California. This represents a 2.57% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 14%.

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

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 3,633
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 1,872
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 1,798
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in California went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 63.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (34.3%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.07%).

Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler 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 52 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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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.
Laphonza Butler
Senator from California1
Assumed office on October 3, 2023
Appointed to the seat following the death of Dianne Feinstein.

Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler 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 52 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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Education

In 2022, universities in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA awarded 10,633 degrees. The student population of San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA in 2022 is skewed towards men, with 16,561 male students and 16,127 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA are White (5,810 and 55.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (2,458 and 23.5%), Asian (923 and 8.81%), and Two or More Races (709 and 6.77%).

The largest universities in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA by number of degrees awarded are California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo (5,619 and 52.8%), Cuesta College (4,702 and 44.2%), and Laurus College (171 and 1.61%).

The most popular majors in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (2,164 and 20.4%), General Business Administration & Management (1,040 and 9.78%), and Humanistic Studies (439 and 4.13%).

The median tuition cost in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA for a public four year colleges is $5,742 for in-state students and $17,622 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

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Measure

In 2022 in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 30.4%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 28.6%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 32,688 (50.7% men and 49.3% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 32,688 students enrolled in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA, 50.7% men and 49.3% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 16,365 records, of which 50.4% were women and 49.6% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 775 degrees awarded
  2. 272 degrees awarded
  3. 163 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA was General Business Administration & Management with 775 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 5,619 degrees awarded
  2. 4,702 degrees awarded
  3. 171 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo with 5,619 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 4,731 men were awarded degrees from institutions in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA, which is 0.802 times less than the 5,902 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 5,810 degrees mean that there were 2.36 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 2,458 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private for-profit, 2-year ($9,820) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($4,577) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,125) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 2.08% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 2.26% 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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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were Some college (6.9M), High School or Equivalent (6.8M), and Bachelors Degree (6.36M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA was $726,700 in 2022, which is 2.58 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $630,600 to $726,700, a 15.2% increase. The homeownership rate in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA is 62%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA have an average commute time of 21.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA is $90,158. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA was Santa Clara County, CA with a value of $153,792, followed by San Mateo County, CA and Marin County, CA, with respective values of $149,907 and $142,019.

Property

$726,700
Median Property Value 2022
±$11,365
$67,031
Median Property Taxes
±$1,914

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-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, 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-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

62%
Homeownership
2022
68.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 62% of the housing units in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 62.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA was Santa Clara County, CA with a value of $153,792, followed by San Mateo County, CA and Marin County, CA, with respective values of $149,907 and $142,019.

The following map shows all of the counties in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$90,158
Median Household Income
± $2,311
108k
Number of Households
± 2,562

In 2022, the median household income of the 108k households in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA grew to $90,158 from the previous year's value of $82,514.

The following chart displays the households in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, 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 $200k+ range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA is from California.
0.498
2022 Wage GINI in California
0.497
2021 Wage GINI in California

In 2022, the income inequality in California was 0.498 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.107% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less 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 2022
  1. Drove Alone (70%)
  2. Worked At Home (13%)
  3. Carpooled (9.34%)

In 2022, 70% of workers in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (13%) and those who carpooled to work (9.34%).

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

21.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA have a shorter commute time (21.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.41% of the workforce in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, 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-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, 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-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

12.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA (33.7k out of 268k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

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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Health

94.1% of the population of San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA has health coverage, with 48.3% on employee plans, 13.6% on Medicaid, 15.6% on Medicare, 15.6% on non-group plans, and 1% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in California see 1240 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.12% decrease from the previous year (1254 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1132 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 244 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,240 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in California

Primary care physicians in California see an average of 1,240 patients per year. This represents a 1.12% decrease from the previous year (1,254 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in California in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 20% under 18 years, 24% between 18 and 34 years, 34.8% between 35 and 64 years, and 21.1% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.2% were men and 50.8% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.89%
Uninsured
48.3%
Employer Coverage
13.6%
Medicaid
15.6%
Medicare
15.6%
Non-Group
1%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA declined by 0.727% from 5.93% to 5.89%.

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