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South Lake Tahoe, California - Basic Facts

The City of South Lake Tahoe had a population of 23,158 as of July 1, 2020.

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.


South Lake Tahoe, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 23,158 (100%)
Population in Households 22,793 (98.4%)
Population in Families 15,469 (66.8%)
Population in Group Quarters1 365 ( 1.6%)
Population Density 2,281
Diversity Index2 72


Median Household Income $52,516
Average Household Income $74,398
% of Income for Mortgage4 37%
Per Capita Income $30,932
Wealth Index5 66


Total HU (Housing Units) 15,993 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,206 (26.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,421 (33.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 6,367 (39.8%)
Median Home Value $468,596
Average Home Value $562,527
Housing Affordability Index3 67


Total Households 9,626
Average Household Size 2.37
Family Households 5,042
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.77% 0.7%
Households 0.75% 0.68%
Families 0.74% 0.67%
Median Household Income   1.45%
Per Capita Income   1.89%
Owner Occupied HU   0.97%


South Lake Tahoe, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares South Lake Tahoe to the other 1,521 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 320 79th
Population Density # 564 63rd
Median Household Income # 1054 31st
Housing Affordability Index # 357 23rd
Per Capita Income # 825 46th
Diversity Index # 610 60th

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