Introduction to Malibu, California

Malibu, California, in Los Angeles county, is 11 miles S of Thousand Oaks, California (center to center) and 32 miles W of Los Angeles, California. The city is considered part of the Los Angeles - Long Beach metropolitan area. Malibu has a population of 12,575.

Malibu History

The original inhabitants of Malibu were a Native American tribe called the Chumash. They called the area 'Humaliwo' from which the present name is derived. This region started developing after the Spanish explorer Juan Cabrillo landed here in 1542 looking for fresh water. The first highway was built through this region in 1929. It was incorporated as a city in 1991.

Malibu and nearby Attractions

  • Zuma Beach
  • Malibu State Beach
  • Malibu Bluffs Park
  • Malibu Creek State Park
  • Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
  • Topanga Canyon

Things To Do In Malibu

Malibu is a beautiful city full of picturesque views. It has excellent beaches where one can go swimming, sailing and indulge in other water sports. There are a number of parks which have facilities for baseball, soccer and other sports. One can also go hiking, mountain biking, cycling and horse riding.

Malibu Transportation

The Los Angeles International Airport serves the city.

Malibu Higher Education

Facilities for higher education are available at Pepperdine University.


Total Population 12,830
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 21.7%
Employed Population 16+ 5,766
Age of the Population 50


% of people married 51.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 60.3%
Median Earnings25+ $72,093
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $43,958
Median Earnings With High School Degree $41,824


Median Family Income $169,241
% Above Poverty Level 89.2%
% Below Poverty Level 10.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 34 minutes
% Working from Home 22.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.3%
% Using Public Transportation 1%


People Living Alone 31.6%
Median Gross Rent $2
Median House Value $1


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.8%
US/American 0%
English 16.9%
Irish 11.4%

Malibu Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles S of Thousand Oaks, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 32 miles W of Los Angeles, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 90263, 90265
P.O. Box Zip Codes 90264
Phone Area Codes 310
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.005
Longitude -118.809

Malibu Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 17.7 miles
Jan Temp 50 to 64 F
Apr Temp 54 to 63 F
Jul Temp 62 to 69 F
Oct Temp 59 to 70 F
Annual Precip 13.2 inches
Distance 18.6 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 68 F
Apr Temp 45 to 78 F
Jul Temp 57 to 95 F
Oct Temp 49 to 84 F
Annual Precip 17.7 inches
Distance 19.2 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 66 F
Apr Temp 48 to 68 F
Jul Temp 58 to 74 F
Oct Temp 54 to 74 F
Annual Precip 13.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Agoura Hills 20,630 $118,673
Calabasas 23,956 $136,724
Hidden Hills 1,749 $250
Santa Monica 91,619 $113,956
Thousand Oaks 128,126 $116,599
Westlake Village 8,393 $145,106
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Student/teacher ratio: 21.3

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