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Morro Bay, California - Basic Facts

The City of Morro Bay had a population of 10,375 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Morro Bay is located at latitude 35.3673 and longitude -120.8692 in San Luis Obispo County. The formal boundaries for the City of Morro Bay (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.3 sq. miles and a water area of 5.02 sq. miles. San Luis Obispo County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 62 feet.

The City of Morro Bay (GNIS ID: 2411169) 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 Morro Bay is located within North Coast CCD of San Luis Obispo County.

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

Alternate Unofficial Names for Morro Bay: El Morro Bay, Mono Bay, Moro Bay, Morro, Morro Beach.

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Morro Bay, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 10,375
Population in Households 10,225
Population in Familes 7,082
Population in Group Qrtrs 150
Population Density1 1,957
Diversity Index2 47


Total Households 4,842
Average Household Size 2.11
Family Households 2,588
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 6,439 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,507 (38.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,335 (36.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,597 (24.8%)
Median Home Value $578,908
Average Home Value $587,849


Median Household Income $51,447
Average Household Income $70,438
Per Capita Income $33,466
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.22% 0.46%
Households -0.01% 0.34%
Families -0.04% 0.34%
Median Household Income   0.15%
Per Capita Income   1.5%
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.

Morro Bay, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Morro Bay 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 # 485 68th
Population Density1 # 607 60th
Diversity Index2 # 1022 33rd
Median Household Income # 874 42nd
Per Capita Income # 496 67th

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