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Los Osos, California - Basic Facts

The Los Osos Census Designated Place had a population of 14,591 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Los Osos is located at latitude 35.3044 and longitude -120.8241 in San Luis Obispo County. 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. San Luis Obispo County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 131 feet.

The Los Osos Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2407812) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Los Osos Census Designated Place is located within North Coast CCD of San Luis Obispo County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Los Osos population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Los Osos, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 14,591
Population in Households 14,507
Population in Familes 11,181
Population in Group Qrtrs 84
Population Density1 1,143
Diversity Index2 47


Total Households 6,022
Average Household Size 2.41
Family Households 3,868
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 6,639 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,001 (60.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,021 (30.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 617 ( 9.3%)
Median Home Value $452,308
Average Home Value $514,280


Median Household Income $60,900
Average Household Income $79,059
Per Capita Income $33,003
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.35% 0.51%
Households 0.17% 0.45%
Families 0.13% 0.44%
Median Household Income   3.16%
Per Capita Income   1.96%
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 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 408 73rd
Population Density1 # 747 51st
Diversity Index2 # 1038 32nd
Median Household Income # 601 60th
Per Capita Income # 512 66th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE California Census Data Comparison Tool.