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San Luis Obispo County, California (CA)

County population in 2014: 279,083 (83% urban, 17% rural); it was 246,681 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 43,229
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 17,691
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 56,992
Renter-occupied apartments: 41,096 (it was 35,747 in 2000)
% of renters here:

39%
State:

44%

Land area: 3304 sq. mi.

Water area: 311.2 sq. mi.

Population density: 84 people per square mile   (average).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in San Luis Obispo County: 103.8 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (22.5%), Educational, health and social services (14.2%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 57%
  • Government: 2%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 40%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in San Luis Obispo County, California:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (71.1%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (20.8%)
  • Asian alone (3.0%)
  • Two or more races (2.3%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (1.9%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.5%)
Median resident age:  39.0 years
California median age:  35.0 years
Males: 142,833  (51.2%)
Females: 136,250  (48.8%)

San Luis Obispo County,CA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
San Luis Obispo County:

2.0 people
California:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $58,158 ($42,428 in 1999)

This county:

$58158
California:

$60190

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $1,078 (lower quartile is $843, upper quartile is $1,433)
This county:

$1078
State:

$1120


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $436,000 (it was $218,600 in 2000)
San Luis Obispo:

$436,000
California:

$373,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $295,900 - $637,400

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $545,552
Here:

$545,552
State:

$516,149

Townhouses or other attached units: $394,937
Here:

$394,937
State:

$433,209

In 2-unit structures: $491,579
Here:

$491,579
State:

$591,113

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $373,064
Here:

$373,064
State:

$414,303

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $314,914
Here:

$314,914
State:

$419,085

Mobile homes: $151,606
Here:

$151,606
State:

$79,966

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $180,669
Here:

$180,669
State:

$74,300
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,960
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $483

Institutionalized population: 8,770

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 2
  • Rapes: 16
  • Robberies: 15
  • Assaults: 177
  • Burglaries: 507
  • Thefts: 1045
  • Auto thefts: 6

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 27
  • Robberies: 18
  • Assaults: 152
  • Burglaries: 488
  • Thefts: 1052
  • Auto thefts: 13
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 1541 buildings, average cost: $169,800
  • 2001: 1709 buildings, average cost: $177,100
  • 2002: 1690 buildings, average cost: $177,400
  • 2003: 1983 buildings, average cost: $198,900
  • 2004: 2043 buildings, average cost: $184,900
  • 2007: 919 buildings, average cost: $190,800
  • 2008: 518 buildings, average cost: $215,100
  • 2009: 321 buildings, average cost: $273,500
  • 2010: 308 buildings, average cost: $315,100
  • 2011: 266 buildings, average cost: $328,000
  • 2012: 335 buildings, average cost: $332,300
  • 2013: 495 buildings, average cost: $338,600
  • 2014: 812 buildings, average cost: $309,600

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $3,106 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $2,760 (0.6%)

San Luis Obispo County household income distribution in 2009 San Luis Obispo County home values distribution San Luis Obispo County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 15.3%
(13.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 21.0% for Black residents, 20.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 17.9% for American Indian residents, 21.2% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 20.5% for other race residents, 16.4% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 15.3%
San Luis Obispo County:

15.3%
California:

16.8%
(13.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 22.8% for Black residents, 20.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 17.9% for American Indian residents, 21.9% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 20.0% for other race residents, 16.1% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 40 years old
(Males: 37 years old, Females: 42 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 46 years old, Black residents: 36 years old, American Indian residents: 29 years old, Asian residents: 28 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 26 years old, Other race residents: 30 years old)

Area name: San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in San Luis Obispo County is $758 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $923 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $1345 a month.

Cities in this county include: San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Atascadero, El Paso de Robles (Paso Robles), Arroyo Grande, Baywood-Los Osos, Los Osos, Grover Beach, Nipomo, Morro Bay.

San Luis Obispo County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Zip codeCityNumber of testsNumber of tests >= 4 pCi/L
93401San Luis Obispo1733
93402Los Osos1220
93405San Luis Obispo1033
93406San Luis Obispo30
93420Arroyo Grande20510
93422Atascadero18336
93423Atascadero20
93424Avila Beach10
93428Cambria640
93430Cayucos202
93432Creston30
93433Grover Beach420
93442Morro Bay580
93443Morro Bay10
93444Nipomo860
93445Oceano230
93446Paso Robles15714
93447Paso Robles10
93449Pismo Beach404
93451San Miguel102
93452San Simeon3718
93453Santa Margarita100
93465Templeton6917

2012 air pollution in San Luis Obispo County:

Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.01 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.028 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 17.4 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 6.2 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Below U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides Annual: 0.000 ppm (standard limit: 0.03 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Alexander County, North Carolina , Bedford County, Tennessee , Yavapai County, Arizona , Hardin County, Tennessee , Henderson County, Tennessee , Knox County, Tennessee , Martin County, North Carolina , Stanly County, North Carolina .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.1%
California:

5.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 31,338
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 85.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 26.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 22,016 (41% naturalized citizens)

San Luis Obispo County:

8.9%
Whole state:

26.2%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 3,783
  • 1990 to 1994: 3,955
  • 1985 to 1989: 3,601
  • 1980 to 1984: 2,698
  • 1975 to 1979: 1,801
  • 1970 to 1974: 1,211
  • 1970 to 1974: 1,084
  • 1965 to 1969: 3,883

Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.1 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 89.7%

San Luis Obispo County marital status for males San Luis Obispo County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 66,079
  • One, attached: 6,074
  • Two: 3,022
  • 3 or 4: 5,150
  • 5 to 9: 3,508
  • 10 to 19: 2,323
  • 20 or more: 5,054
  • Mobile homes: 10,337
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 728

Housing units in San Luis Obispo County with a mortgage: 31,969 (4,015 second mortgage, 3,337 home equity loan, 111 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 11,830

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

79.0% with mortgage

Religion statistics for San Luis Obispo County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic89,07517
Evangelical Protestant27,483138
Mainline Protestant16,09956
Other11,53047
Black Protestant1,0783
Orthodox2052
None124,167-
San Luis Obispo County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 60
San Luis Obispo County:

2.29 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.04 / 10,000 pop.
California:

0.04 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 18
This county:

0.69 / 10,000 pop.
California:

0.62 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 58
San Luis Obispo County:

2.22 / 10,000 pop.
California:

1.49 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 288
This county:

11.00 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.42 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
San Luis Obispo County:

6.1%
California:

7.3%

Adult obesity rate:
San Luis Obispo County:

21.5%
State:

21.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

14.5%
State:

17.9%

Agriculture in San Luis Obispo County:

Average size of farms: 568 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $170,712
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $3376.70
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 26.82%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 7.60%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $153,284
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 8.23%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 64.64%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $64,723
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 83.68%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 6.35
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.66%
All wheat for grain: 1445 harvested acres
Vegetables: 31,566 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 38,246 acres

Earthquake activity:

San Luis Obispo County-area historical earthquake activity is near California state average. It is 787% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/21/1952 at 11:52:14, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 93.4 miles away from San Luis Obispo County center, causing $50,000,000 total damage
On 11/4/1927 at 13:51:53, a magnitude 7.5 (7.5 UK) earthquake occurred 40.5 miles away from the county center
On 4/18/1906 at 13:12:21, a magnitude 7.9 (7.9 UK) earthquake occurred 225.6 miles away from the county center, causing $524,000,000 total damage
On 6/28/1992 at 11:57:34, a magnitude 7.6 (6.2 MB, 7.6 MS, 7.3 MW, Depth: 0.7 mi) earthquake occurred 244.6 miles away from the county center, causing 3 deaths (1 shaking deaths, 2 other deaths) and 400 injuries, causing $100,000,000 total damage and $40,000,000 insured losses
On 10/18/1989 at 00:04:15, a magnitude 7.1 (6.5 MB, 7.1 MS, 6.9 MW, 7.0 ML) earthquake occurred 137.0 miles away from San Luis Obispo County center, causing 62 deaths (62 shaking deaths) and 3757 injuries, causing $1,305,032,704 total damage
On 12/22/2003 at 19:15:56, a magnitude 6.6 (6.1 MB, 6.4 MS, 6.6 MW, 6.4 MW, Depth: 4.7 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 32.1 miles away from the county center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 40 injuries, causing $200,000,000 total damage
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • CaliforniaWinter Storms, Flooding, and Debris and Mud Flows, Incident Period: December 17, 2010 to January 4, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1952): January 26, 2011, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1952, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Flood
  • CaliforniaSevere Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides, Incident Period: December 17, 2005 to January 3, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1628): February 3, 2006, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1628, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • CaliforniaHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3248): September 13, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3248, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • CaliforniaSevere Winter Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: February 2, 1998 to April 30, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1203): February 9, 1998, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1203, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Flood
  • CaliforniaSevere Storms/Flooding, Incident Period: December 28, 1996 to April 1, 1997, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1155): January 4, 1997, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1155, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • CaliforniaSevere Winter Storms, Flooding, Landslides, Mud Flows, Incident Period: February 13, 1995 to April 19, 1995, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1046): March 12, 1995, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1046, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Landslide, Flood
  • CaliforniaSevere Winter Storms, Flooding, Landslides, Mud Flows, Incident Period: January 3, 1995 to February 10, 1995, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1044): January 10, 1995, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1044, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Landslide, Flood
  • CaliforniaSevere Freeze, Incident Period: December 19, 1990 to January 3, 1991, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-894): February 11, 1991, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-894, Natural disaster type: Freeze
  • CaliforniaGrass, Wildlands, Forest Fires, Incident Period: June 26, 1985 to July 19, 1985, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-739): July 18, 1985, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-739, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • CaliforniaCOASTAL STORMS, FLOODS, SLIDES, TORNADOES, Incident Period: January 21, 1983 to March 30, 1983, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-677): February 9, 1983, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-677, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • 5 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in San Luis Obispo County (15) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 11, Storms: 7, Winter Storms: 4, Landslides: 3, Mudslides: 2, Drought: 1, Fire: 1, Freeze: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (22%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Other services, except public administration (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (13%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Production occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (20%)
  • Sales and related occupations (13%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (52%)
  • Philippines (6%)
  • United Kingdom (5%)
  • Canada (5%)
  • Germany (3%)
  • Korea (3%)
  • India (2%)

Most common first ancestries reported in San Luis Obispo County (%):

  • German (14%)
  • English (11%)
  • Irish (10%)
  • United States or American (6%)
  • Italian (6%)
  • Scottish (2%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)

San Luis Obispo County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 79,633 (74%)
  • Carpooled: 14,513 (13%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 1,017 (1%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 9 (0%)
  • Railroad: 22 (0%)
  • Ferryboat: 14 (0%)
  • Taxi: 7 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 432 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 1,376 (1%)
  • Walked: 3,984 (4%)
  • Other means: 772 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 6,028 (6%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in San Luis Obispo County, California in 2000:

  • 6,919 people in state prisons
  • 3,705 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 1,210 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 952 people in nursing homes
  • 793 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 769 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 376 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 304 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 166 people in other group homes
  • 113 people in other workers' dormitories
  • 67 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 54 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 46 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 26 people in religious group quarters
  • 19 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 18 people in halfway houses
  • 18 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 10 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 6 people in job corps and vocational training facilities

People in group quarters in San Luis Obispo County, California in 2010:

  • 6,862 people in college/university student housing
  • 6,428 people in state prisons
  • 996 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 690 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 547 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 487 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 391 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 131 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 127 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 122 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 97 people in military barracks and dormitories (nondisciplinary)
  • 81 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 28 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 13 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 6 people in in-patient hospice facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $61,448.

5.66% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($50,480 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.66%
California average:

5.03%


0.04% of residents moved from foreign countries ($261 average AGI)
San Luis Obispo County:

0.04%
California average:

0.07%

4.10% relocated from other counties in California ($37,361 average AGI)
1.52% relocated from other states ($12,858 average AGI)
San Luis Obispo County:

1.52%
California average:

1.68%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Santa Barbara County, CA  0.69% ($45,654 average AGI)
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.50% ($69,926)
from Kern County, CA  0.26% ($56,568)
from San Diego County, CA  0.23% ($51,306)
from Fresno County, CA  0.23% ($42,967)
from Ventura County, CA  0.19% ($52,730)
from Orange County, CA  0.19% ($69,270)


5.79% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($37,942 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.79%
California average:

5.12%


0.04% of residents moved to foreign countries ($295 average AGI)
San Luis Obispo County:

0.04%
California average:

0.10%

3.96% relocated to other counties in California ($25,641 average AGI)
1.79% relocated to other states ($12,005 average AGI)
San Luis Obispo County:

1.79%
California average:

1.74%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Santa Barbara County, CA  0.69% ($37,273 average AGI)
to Los Angeles County, CA  0.47% ($38,742)
to San Diego County, CA  0.30% ($36,862)
to Kern County, CA  0.19% ($36,357)
to Orange County, CA  0.18% ($38,500)
to Santa Clara County, CA  0.18% ($44,802)
to Fresno County, CA  0.16% ($30,810)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.6
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.1
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 9.9

Births per 1000 population in San Luis Obispo County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 8.1

Deaths per 1000 population in San Luis Obispo County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 5.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 4.8

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in San Luis Obispo County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 15.8%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 7.9%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in San Luis Obispo County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in San Luis Obispo County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 42,240 (36,300 aged, 5,940 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 5,346 (10%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in San Luis Obispo County, California in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (2830)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (2040)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (1618)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1463)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (1204)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (1109)
  • Unspecified dementia (864)
  • Congestive heart failure (694)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (592)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (541)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 16%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 20.8. This is less than state average.

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 124.3. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 65.2
  • Suffocation - 32.6
  • Poisoning - 18.0
  • Other - 8.4

Household type by relationship:

Households: 252,631
  • In family households: 196,078 (45,935 male householders, 17,756 female householders)
    49,731 spouses, 61,911 children (57,462 natural, 1,697 adopted, 2,752 stepchildren), 4,265 grandchildren, 2,343 brothers or sisters, 2,044 parents, 3,210 other relatives, 7,014 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 56,553 (17,992 male householders (11,443 living alone)), 20,333 female householders (15,330 living alone)), 18,228 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 17,006 (8,770 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 30,125 2-persons, 13,451 3-persons, 11,442 4-persons, 5,222 5-persons, 1,993 6-persons, 1,458 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 26,773 1-person, 7,795 2-persons, 1,878 3-persons, 1,173 4-persons, 487 5-persons, 152 6-persons, 67 7-or-more-persons.

36,890 married couples with children.
11,285 single-parent households (2,977 men, 8,308 women).

85.3% of residents of San Luis Obispo County speak English at home.
10.7% of residents speak Spanish at home (56% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 16% speak English not well, 10% don't speak English at all).
2.1% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (80% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 4% speak English not well).
1.7% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (57% speak English very well, 29% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (78% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 5% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $1,210,834,000 ($4756 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $76,491,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $587,167,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $289,611,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $8,391,000
Federal grants: $241,671,000
Federal procurement contracts: $29,839,000 ($16,542,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $54,155,000 ($20,661,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $26,522,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $68,444,000
Federal Government insurance: $383,785,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 13,099
Here:

51 per 1000 residents
State:

77 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 10,722
Here:

42 per 1000 residents
State:

34 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +3,206
Here:

+13 per 1000 residents
State:

+39 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +3,480
Here +14 per 1000 residents
State -18 per 1000 residents

Population growth in San Luis Obispo County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 33.61 millions of gallons per day (63% from ground, 37% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.7
State:

5.8

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.0
State:

3.5

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 181
  • 2000 to 2004: 17,483
  • 1990 to 1999: 17,470
  • 1980 to 1989: 24,993
  • 1970 to 1979: 27,755
  • 1960 to 1969: 12,344
  • 1950 to 1959: 7,937
  • 1940 to 1949: 3,177
  • 1939 or earlier: 6,873
Rooms in houses/apartments in San Luis Obispo County, California
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 228
  • 2 rooms: 1,156
  • 3 rooms: 2,978
  • 4 rooms: 6,770
  • 5 rooms: 14,881
  • 6 rooms: 15,362
  • 7 rooms: 8,385
  • 8 rooms: 4,210
  • 9+ rooms: 3,022
  • 1 room: 2,490
  • 2 rooms: 4,611
  • 3 rooms: 6,007
  • 4 rooms: 10,589
  • 5 rooms: 6,685
  • 6 rooms: 3,607
  • 7 rooms: 1,161
  • 8 rooms: 359
  • 9+ rooms: 238
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in San Luis Obispo County, California
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 404
  • 1 bedroom: 2,853
  • 2 bedrooms: 15,287
  • 3 bedrooms: 29,496
  • 4 bedrooms: 7,707
  • 5+ bedrooms: 1,245
  • no bedroom: 3,127
  • 1 bedroom: 8,724
  • 2 bedrooms: 15,169
  • 3 bedrooms: 6,951
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,500
  • 5+ bedrooms: 276
Cars and other vehicles available in San Luis Obispo County, California in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 1,718
  • 1 vehicle: 15,373
  • 2 vehicles: 25,339
  • 3 vehicles: 10,107
  • 4 vehicles: 3,109
  • 5+ vehicles: 1,346
  • no vehicle: 3,171
  • 1 vehicle: 15,395
  • 2 vehicles: 11,868
  • 3 vehicles: 3,629
  • 4 vehicles: 1,148
  • 5+ vehicles: 536

47% of San Luis Obispo County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 51% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 82% lived in California.

San Luis Obispo County:

47.4%
State average:

52.5%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 153555
  • Northeast: 12384
  • Midwest: 24131
  • South: 17478
  • West: 14557

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $223,100


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 0%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in San Luis Obispo County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (75.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (10.3%)
  • Electricity (9.6%)
  • Wood (3.8%)
  • Utility gas (66.9%)
  • Electricity (23.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (6.8%)
  • Wood (1.8%)
  • No fuel used (0.8%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 2,298
Here:

9.1%
California:

9.9%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 856
Here:

5.8%
California:

7.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 1,265
Here:

4.4%
California:

15.4%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

San Luis Obispo County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $32,954,000
    Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $4,689,000
  • Construction - Water Utilities: $12,443,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $5,827,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,215,000
    Health - Other: $39,000
  • Current Operations - Public Welfare - Other: $60,078,000
    Health - Other: $58,488,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $29,403,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $28,557,000
    Regular Highways: $24,925,000
    Police Protection: $24,767,000
    Correctional Institutions: $19,762,000
    Central Staff Services: $18,729,000
    Financial Administration: $13,714,000
    Local Fire Protection: $12,995,000
    General - Other: $11,142,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $10,936,000
    Parks and Recreation: $6,847,000
    Libraries: $6,364,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $4,545,000
    Corrections - Other: $3,532,000
    Sewerage: $2,605,000
    Air Transportation: $2,594,000
    Transit Utilities: $834,000
    Solid Waste Management: $604,000
  • Employee Retirement - Corporate Bonds: $214,771,000
    Other Investments - Other: $35,227,000
    Benefit Payments: $22,608,000
    Total Cash and Deposits: $19,322,000
    Withdrawals: $1,949,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $8,030,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Elementary and Secondary Education: $12,398,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - General - Other: $444,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $10,607,000
    General - Other: $8,852,000
    Local Fire Protection: $1,298,000
    Police Protection: $487,000
    Correctional Institutions: $318,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $287,000
    Parks and Recreation: $212,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $186,000
    Central Staff Services: $182,000
    Solid Waste Management: $176,000
    Health - Other: $99,000
    Financial Administration: $29,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $12,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $7,000
    Corrections - Other: $2,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $213,581,000

San Luis Obispo County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $42,937,000
    Parks and Recreation: $7,013,000
    Regular Highways: $5,328,000
    Air Transportation: $2,973,000
    Sewerage: $2,616,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,545,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $692,000
    Hospital Public: $290,000
  • Employee Retirement - Earnings on Investments (calculated): $32,016,000
    From Parent Local Government: $18,209,000
    Local Employee Contribution: $14,134,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $35,659,000
    All Other: $6,654,000
    Housing and Community Development: $4,443,000
    Air Transportation: $3,653,000
    General Local Government Support: $624,000
    Natural Resources: $150,000
    Education: $21,000
    Transit Utilities: $19,000
    Health and Hospitals: $7,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $5,387,000
    All Other: $1,497,000
    Transit Utilities: $1,171,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,154,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $7,177,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $5,194,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $5,062,000
    Sale of Property: $798,000
    Rents: $325,000
    Special Assessments: $217,000
  • Revenue - Transit Utilities: $75,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $42,587,000
    All Other: $36,928,000
    Education: $28,831,000
    Health and Hospitals: $26,458,000
    General Local Government Support: $14,744,000
    Highways: $13,175,000
  • Tax - Property: $112,712,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $6,730,000
    Other Selective Sales: $5,352,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $3,583,000
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $2,863,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $2,676,000
    Other License: $2,362,000
    NEC: $1,513,000

San Luis Obispo County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $207,823,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $200,747,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $12,187,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,111,000

San Luis Obispo County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $449,000
  • Employee Retirement - Total Other Securities: $306,291,000
    Total Federal Securities: $88,987,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $211,119,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $10,656,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 5,300
  • Number of aged recipients: 782
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 4,518
  • Number of recipients under 18: 369
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 3,664
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 1,267
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 2,823
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 2,819
San Luis Obispo County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

San Luis Obispo County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 44 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED664$320,1011,586$330,5597,363$299,215305$237,0368$580,3751,539$312,045148$169,182
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED62$311,774188$313,521696$315,76723$266,3040$0157$297,33135$119,886
APPLICATIONS DENIED116$282,621288$317,3092,181$350,550103$186,1843$945,000498$319,558124$169,903
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN109$331,560256$353,1881,586$330,25376$313,6453$905,667259$315,91148$225,833
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS14$319,85730$340,967331$364,0279$350,0000$060$410,4174$120,750
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 38 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
D) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED109$325,31253$332,4727$314,5710$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED40$316,50028$380,5007$299,1431$327,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED37$320,59510$365,4006$294,1670$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN13$400,9236$296,3333$293,3330$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS3$319,6671$368,0000$00$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in San Luis Obispo County, CA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1,26375.5 years
William1,10675.8 years
Mary1,01680.5 years
Robert93673.4 years
James84773.1 years
George65878.2 years
Charles63776.1 years
Helen53381.8 years
Dorothy51479.6 years
Margaret49480.9 years
Most common last names in San Luis Obispo County, CA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith45176.6 years
Johnson34677.4 years
Brown28177.9 years
Williams24777.9 years
Anderson22678.1 years
Miller21977.0 years
Jones21776.7 years
Davis20476.1 years
Martin19276.5 years
Wilson18477.0 years
Businesses in San Luis Obispo County, CA
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven8La-Z-Boy2
99 Cents Only Stores1Lane Bryant1
AT&T6Lane Furniture4
Abercrombie & Fitch1Levi Strauss & Co.1
Ace Hardware8Little Caesars Pizza1
Aeropostale1Lowe's1
Albertsons5Marriott1
Apple Store1Marshalls1
Applebee's3MasterBrand Cabinets21
AutoZone3Mazda1
BMW1McDonald's12
Baja Fresh Mexican Grill1Men's Wearhouse1
Barnes & Noble1Motel 67
Bath & Body Works1Motherhood Maternity1
Bed Bath & Beyond2New Balance8
Best Western12Nike16
Blockbuster1Nissan1
Budget Car Rental3OfficeMax3
Burger King5Old Navy1
CVS8Pac Sun1
Carl\s Jr.7Panda Express4
Chevrolet3Papa John's Pizza2
Chico's1Payless3
Chipotle1Penske3
Circle K3PetSmart1
Cold Stone Creamery3Pier 1 Imports1
Comfort Inn1Pottery Barn1
Costco1Quality3
Curves2Quiznos4
Days Inn3RadioShack7
Decora Cabinetry4Ramada1
Dennys3Rite Aid10
Domino's Pizza6Rodeway Inn1
DressBarn1Rue211
Dressbarn1SAS Shoes2
Econo Lodge1Safeway4
El Pollo Loco1Sears5
Express1Sephora1
Famous Footwear3Sprint Nextel1
FedEx45Staples4
Ford3Starbucks24
Forever 211Subaru1
GNC10Subway22
GameStop3Super 82
Gap1T-Mobile8
Goodwill2T.J.Maxx1
Gymboree1Taco Bell9
H&R Block10Target1
Hilton1The Room Place2
Holiday Inn4Toyota1
Home Depot2Trader Joe's3
HomeTown Buffet1Travelodge4
Honda1True Value3
IHOP1U-Haul12
IZOD1UPS32
JCPenney1Urban Outfitters1
Jack In The Box1Vans13
Jamba Juice5Verizon Wireless3
Jones New York13Victoria's Secret1
Journeys1Volkswagen1
KFC2Vons7
Kincaid1Walgreens1
Kmart2Walmart2
Kohl's2Wendy's1
Kroger2YMCA1
La Quinta1

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  • #39 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for 3rd party candidates in the 2012 Presidential Election (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #50 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of births per 1000 residents 2007-2013"
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  • #74 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of births per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop 50,000+)"