San Luis Obispo demographics profile

StatisticSan Luis ObispoCaliforniaNational
Population46,71638,654,206318,558,162
Population density (sq mi)3,55723291
Median age26.136.037.7
Male/Female ratio1.1:11.0:11.0:1
Married (15yrs & older)35%52%55%
Families w/ Kids under 1842%46%43%
Speak English83%56%79%
Speak Spanish12%29%13%
San Luis Obispo, CA has a population of 46,716 and is the 885th largest city in the United States. The population density is 3,557 per sq mi which is 1430% higher than the California average and 3826% higher than the national average. The median age in San Luis Obispo is 26 which is approximately 28% lower than the California average of 36. In San Luis Obispo, 35% of the population over 15 years of age are married, 83% speak English and 12% speak Spanish. 67% of San Luis Obispo residents were born in California, 22% were born out of state, 1% were born outside of the United States and 9% were foreign born.
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  • The population density in San Luis Obispo is 1430% higher than California.
  • The median age in San Luis Obispo is 28% lower than California.
  • In San Luis Obispo 85.05% of the population is White.
  • In San Luis Obispo 2.36% of the population is Black or African American.
  • In San Luis Obispo 5.27% of the population is Asian.

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San Luis Obispo population breakdown by race

RaceSan Luis ObispoCaliforniaNational
White85.05%61.26%73.35%
Black or African American2.36%5.85%12.63%
Asian5.27%13.85%5.22%
American Indian0.35%0.74%0.82%
Native Hawaiian0.00%0.39%0.18%
Mixed race3.42%4.62%3.06%
Other race3.55%13.28%4.75%
In San Luis Obispo, 16.7% of people are of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Please note: Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in any/all of the applicable race categories above.

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Source: The San Luis Obispo, CA demographics data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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