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. 

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 10,471
Male Share of the Population 47.2%
Female Share of the Population 52.8%
Senior Citizens 23.2%
Employed Population 16+ 4,877
Age of the Population 49


% of people married 49.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36.8%
Median Earnings25+ $31,959
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,133
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,329


Median Family Income $67,869
% Above Poverty Level 87.1%
% Below Poverty Level 12.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 7.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.6%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%


People Living Alone 38.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,309
Median House Value $491,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.8%
US/American 0.4%
English 15.5%
Irish 10.3%

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

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 17,720 $85,144
Atascadero 29,084 $79,275
Grover Beach 13,409 $59,155
Pismo Beach 7,890 $85,000
San Luis Obispo 46,337 $83,908

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 21.3

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