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Morro Bay, California - Basic Facts

The City of Morro Bay had a population of 10,699 as of July 1, 2018.

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, 2018.

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, 2018)


Total Population 10,699
Population in Households 10,556
Population in Familes 7,408
Population in Group Qrtrs 143
Population Density2 2,018
Diversity Index3 47


Median Household Income $55,663
Average Household Income $78,992
Per Capita Income $37,454


Total Housing Units 6,501 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,844 (43.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,155 (33.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,502 (23.1%)
Median Home Value $635,065
Average Home Value $720,948


Total Households 4,999
Average Household Size 2.11
Family Households 2,675
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.54% 0.64%
Households 0.38% 0.59%
Families 0.37% 0.58%
Median Household Income   3.39%
Per Capita Income   4.17%

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, 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 # 481 68th
Population Density # 601 60th
Diversity Index # 1045 31st
Median Household Income # 842 45th
Per Capita Income # 475 69th

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