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Los Osos, California - Basic Facts

The Los Osos Census Designated Place is a community or populated place (Class Code U5) located in San Luis Obispo County at latitude 35.3044 and longitude -120.8241. San Luis Obispo County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 131 feet.

The formal official name is the Los Osos Census Designated Place, but most people and references simply refer to it as Los Osos, California.

The U5 Census Class Code for Los Osos indicates a populated place that is also a census designated place with the same name.. The Census Designated Place has a Functional Status Code "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The formal boundaries for the Los Osos Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 12.76 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles.

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Los Osos, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 14,322
Population in Households 14,236
Population in Familes 11,000
Population in Group Qrtrs 86
Population Density1 1,122
Diversity Index2 46


Total Households 6,006
Average Household Size 2.37
Family Households 3,860
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 6,610 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,983 (60.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,023 (30.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 604 ( 9.1%)
Median Home Value $353,387
Average Home Value $408,750


Median Household Income $59,834
Average Household Income $75,369
Per Capita Income $31,852
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.08% 0.44%
Households 0.19% 0.53%
Families 0.15% 0.52%
Median Household Income   3.13%
Per Capita Income   2.95%
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.


Los Osos, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Los Osos to the other 1,523 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 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 # 410 73rd
Population Density1 # 755 50th
Diversity Index2 # 1041 32nd
Median Household Income # 537 65th
Per Capita Income # 477 69th

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