South Lake Tahoe, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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South Lake Tahoe, California - Basic Facts

The City of South Lake Tahoe had a population of 23,389 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for South Lake Tahoe is located at latitude 38.9392 and longitude -119.9822 in El Dorado County. The formal boundaries for the City of South Lake Tahoe (see map below) encompass a land area of 10.16 sq. miles and a water area of 6.44 sq. miles. El Dorado County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 6,237 feet.

The City of South Lake Tahoe (GNIS ID: 2411938) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of South Lake Tahoe is located within South Lake Tahoe CCD of El Dorado County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with South Lake Tahoe population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for South Lake Tahoe: Al Tahoe, Bihou Park, Bijou, Rowland's, Stateline, Tahoe Valley, Tallac Village.

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South Lake Tahoe, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 23,389
Population in Households 23,014
Population in Familes 15,635
Population in Group Qrtrs 375
Population Density1 2,303
Diversity Index2 71


Total Households 9,706
Average Household Size 2.37
Family Households 5,107
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 16,334 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,678 (22.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,028 (36.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 6,628 (40.6%)
Median Home Value $397,932
Average Home Value $491,721


Median Household Income $45,076
Average Household Income $67,715
Per Capita Income $28,726
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.23% 1.13%
Households 1.17% 1.1%
Families 1.22% 1.12%
Median Household Income   0.94%
Per Capita Income   2.4%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

South Lake Tahoe, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares South Lake Tahoe to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 319 79th
Population Density1 # 564 63rd
Diversity Index2 # 607 60th
Median Household Income # 1078 29th
Per Capita Income # 771 49th

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