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Pacifica, California - Basic Facts

The City of Pacifica had a population of 38,986 as of July 1, 2017.

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, 2017.

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, 2017)


Total Population 38,986
Daytime Population: Workers 6,360
Daytime Population: Residents 17,326
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 23,686
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.61
Population in Households 38,804
Population in Familes 31,651
Population in Group Qrtrs 182
Population Density2 3,079
Diversity Index3 70


Median Household Income $99,529
Average Household Income $127,858
Per Capita Income $47,901


Total Housing Units 15,024 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,751 (64.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,800 (31.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 474 ( 3.2%)
Median Home Value $669,067
Average Home Value $705,594


Total Households 14,550
Average Household Size 2.67
Family Households 10,108
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 0.64% 0.68%
Households 0.57% 0.62%
Families 0.59% 0.64%
Median Household Income   1.51%
Per Capita Income   2.42%

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, 2017 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 # 224 85th
Population Density # 445 71st
Diversity Index # 647 57th
Median Household Income # 191 87th
Per Capita Income # 247 84th

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