South Lake Tahoe, CA Profile: Facts & Data


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South Lake Tahoe, California - Basic Facts

The City of South Lake Tahoe had a population of 23,081 as of July 1, 2018.

The primary coordinate point for South Lake Tahoe is located at latitude 38.9332 and longitude -119.9843 in El Dorado County. The formal boundaries for the City of South Lake Tahoe 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.

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, 2018)


Total Population 23,081
Population in Households 22,716
Population in Familes 15,628
Population in Group Qrtrs 365
Population Density2 2,272
Diversity Index3 72


Median Household Income $46,196
Average Household Income $71,057
Per Capita Income $30,046


Total Housing Units 16,079 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,654 (22.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,905 (36.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 6,520 (40.5%)
Median Home Value $427,322
Average Home Value $584,863


Total Households 9,559
Average Household Size 2.38
Family Households 5,029
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.92% 1.09%
Households 0.84% 1.04%
Families 0.88% 1.06%
Median Household Income   3.03%
Per Capita Income   3.65%

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, 2018 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 # 321 79th
Population Density # 571 62nd
Diversity Index # 604 60th
Median Household Income # 1103 27th
Per Capita Income # 780 49th

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