Introduction to Morro Bay, California

Morro Bay, California, in San Luis Obispo county, is 36 miles NW of Santa Maria, California and 113 miles SW of Fresno, California. The city is conveniently located inside the San Luis Obispo - Atascadero - Paso Robles metropolitan area. There are an estimated 10,350 people in Morro Bay.

Morro Bay History

The history of Morro Bay dates back to the times of the Chumash settlement near the mouth of Morro Creek. In 1542, Portuguese navigator Juan Rodr'guez Cabrillo named the bay's most striking rock 'El Moro'. This could be because the rock resembled the turban worn on the head of Moors, or because it had the butte shape of a 'morro', the Spanish word for pebble. On October 18, 1587, the first Filipino immigrants arrived in Morro Bay. In 1870, Franklin Riley founded the town of Morro Bay. The year 1964 saw the incorporation of Morro Bay as a general law city.

Morro Bay and nearby Attractions

  • Morro Creek
  • Morro Bay Boat Launch
  • Morro Bay Museum of Natural History
  • Veterans Memorial Building
  • Morro Bay Branch San Luis Obispo City-County Library
  • Estero Bay United Methodist Church

Things To Do In Morro Bay

The city of Morro Bay has a number of beautiful creeks that are the haunts of a large variety of birds. The Museum of Natural History is a great place to get a feel of the historical and cultural heritage of Morro Bay. There are also several memorial buildings, libraries and churches that one can visit. The amusement parks like the LIla Keiser Park and the Del Mar Park offer some amazing rides and entertainment facilities that can be enjoyed by both parents and children. Morro Bay also has an 18-hole golf course called the Black Mountain Golf Course where one can enjoy a round of golf with friends.

Morro Bay Transportation

Air transportation is available from Paso Robles Municipal Airport.

Morro Bay Higher Education

Cuesta College is located nearby.


Total Population 10,383
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 23.1%
Employed Population 16+ 4,800
Age of the Population 51


% of people married 50.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 37.7%
Median Earnings25+ $32,549
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,121
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,380


Median Family Income $66,378
% Above Poverty Level 87.6%
% Below Poverty Level 12.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 7.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.9%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%


People Living Alone 40.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,272
Median House Value $465,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.1%
US/American 0.6%
English 16%
Irish 13.3%

Morro Bay Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 36 miles NW of Santa Maria, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 113 miles SW of Fresno, California
County San Luis Obispo
Metro Area San Luis Obispo - Atascadero - Paso Robles
Standard Zip Codes 93442
P.O. Box Zip Codes 93443
Phone Area Codes 805
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.365
Longitude -120.848

Morro Bay Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.1 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 62 F
Apr Temp 45 to 63 F
Jul Temp 52 to 65 F
Oct Temp 50 to 69 F
Annual Precip 17.6 inches
Distance 16.7 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 40.1 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 17,536 $81,883
Atascadero 28,792 $77,998
Grover Beach 13,337 $54,955
Pismo Beach 7,789 $88,041
San Luis Obispo 45,911 $78,641
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Student/teacher ratio: 21.3

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