Introduction to Grover Beach, California

Grover Beach, California, in San Luis Obispo County, is 15 miles NW of Santa Maria, California (center to center) and 122 miles SW of Fresno, California. The city is considered part of the San Luis Obispo - Atascadero - Paso Robles metropolitan area. Grover Beach has a population of 13,067.

Grover Beach History

Grover Beach was founded in 1887 by Dwight William Grover who planned to construct a hotel and railway station nearby. It was later incorporated in 1959. The name was changed from 'City of Grover', to 'Grover Beach' in 1992. Amtrak began its railway service through the city in 1996.

Grover Beach and nearby Attractions

  • Harbor Lights Gallery
  • Pismo Beach Pier
  • Pacific Adventure Tour
  • Community Presbyterian Church
  • Cost Plus World Market

Things To Do In Grover Beach

Grover Beach has a beautiful sandy beach and is surrounded by rolling hills. This combination makes it a very popular destination and the city really knows how to pamper its tourists by providing them with a wide variety of entertainment. Fishing, clamming, dune hiking, golfing, wine tasting, horse riding and skateboarding are only some of the popular activities.

Grover Beach Transportation

The San Luis County Regional Airport is nearby.

Grover Beach Higher Education

Cuesta College provides higher education.


Total Population 13,409
Male Share of the Population 47.5%
Female Share of the Population 52.5%
Senior Citizens 13.7%
Employed Population 16+ 6,362
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 42.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.2%
Median Earnings25+ $35,166
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,556
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,688


Median Family Income $59,155
% Above Poverty Level 86.2%
% Below Poverty Level 13.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 7.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.7%


People Living Alone 27.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,172
Median House Value $399,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 48.9%
US/American 0.3%
English 8.5%
Irish 9.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Grover Beach Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 15 miles NW of Santa Maria, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 122 miles SW of Fresno, California
County San Luis Obispo
Metro Area San Luis Obispo - Atascadero - Paso Robles
Standard Zip Codes 93433
P.O. Box Zip Codes 93483
Phone Area Codes 805
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.121
Longitude -120.62

Grover Beach Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 4.7 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 65 F
Apr Temp 46 to 69 F
Jul Temp 53 to 71 F
Oct Temp 51 to 73 F
Annual Precip 17.7 inches
Distance 16.6 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 64 F
Apr Temp 43 to 68 F
Jul Temp 54 to 74 F
Oct Temp 48 to 74 F
Annual Precip 14 inches
Distance 19.7 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 66 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 53 to 80 F
Oct Temp 50 to 78 F
Annual Precip 17.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arroyo Grande 17,720 $85,144
Guadalupe 7,218 $44,504
Morro Bay 10,471 $67,869
Pismo Beach 7,890 $85,000
San Luis Obispo 46,337 $83,908
Santa Maria 102,618 $52,880

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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