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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      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%

      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).