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Pacifica, California - Basic Facts

The City of Pacifica had a population of 38,592 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Pacifica is located at latitude 37.6066 and longitude -122.4772 in San Mateo County. The formal boundaries for the City of Pacifica (see map below) encompass a land area of 12.66 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. San Mateo County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 82 feet.

The City of Pacifica (GNIS ID: 2411351) 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 Pacifica is located within South San Francisco CCD of San Mateo County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Pacifica 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 Pacifica: Edgemar, Fairway Park, Pedro Point, Pedro Valley, Punta De Las Almejas, Rockaway Beach, Sharp Park, Vallemar.

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


Total Population 38,592
Population in Households 38,410
Population in Familes 31,325
Population in Group Qrtrs 182
Population Density1 3,048
Diversity Index2 69


Total Households 14,273
Average Household Size 2.69
Family Households 9,906
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 14,942 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,527 (63.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,746 (31.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 669 ( 4.5%)
Median Home Value $656,027
Average Home Value $680,810


Median Household Income $95,878
Average Household Income $120,744
Per Capita Income $44,841
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.57% 0.89%
Households 0.35% 0.74%
Families 0.36% 0.75%
Median Household Income   1.96%
Per Capita Income   1.59%
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.

Pacifica, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Pacifica 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 # 223 85th
Population Density1 # 441 71st
Diversity Index2 # 646 57th
Median Household Income # 177 88th
Per Capita Income # 249 84th

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