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Income/capita 7%
Household income 14%
Unemployment 35%
IndexSan Luis ObispoCaliforniaNational
Income per capita$27,823$31,458$29,829
Median household income$47,777$63,783$55,322
Median income owner occupied$88,221$86,568$70,586
Median income renter occupied$31,494$43,419$35,192
Median earnings male$22,146$36,599$36,919
Median earnings female$12,847$27,020$26,250
Unemployment rate3.0%5.5%4.7%
Poverty level32.7%15.8%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in San Luis Obispo is 7% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in San Luis Obispo is 14% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in San Luis Obispo is 35% lower than the national average
  • The poverty level in San Luis Obispo is 117% higher than the national average

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      am i middle class

      $Input your household income
      $31,848$47,777$95,554
      City
      $42,517$63,783$127,566
      State
      $36,877$55,322$110,644
      Nation
      According to the PEW research center, the middle class is defined as a range from two thirds (2/3) of the median household income to a multiple of two (2) times the median household income. Displayed above are the city, state and national median household income averages. Simply enter your median household income to determine if your income falls into the middle class or if your household income is considered upper or lower class.

      San Luis Obispo median earnings by income bracket

      San Luis Obispo employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry5.9%1.4%
      Manufacturing sector8.9%1.3%
      Financial & insurance services1.8%2.2%
      Wholesale & retail services15.3%15.0%
      Public administration3.6%3.8%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities4.9%0.9%
      Education, health & social services21.1%34.6%
      Other36.5%36.1%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Los Ranchos, CA1,630$117,740113%
      Avila Beach, CA1,242$96,64675%
      Callender, CA1,814$80,24045%
      Pismo Beach, CA7,984$75,97837%
      Blacklake, CA895$71,02928%
      San Luis Obispo, CA46,716$47,77714%

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Palm Springs, CA46,714$46,05917%
      Twin Falls, ID46,623$44,35120%
      Texas City, TX46,811$41,95224%
      North Highlands, CA46,841$39,33429%
      Hattiesburg, MS46,846$30,74844%
      San Luis Obispo, CA46,716$47,77714%
      Source: The San Luis Obispo, CA employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).