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Overview

Introduction to Pismo Beach, California

Pismo Beach, California, in San Luis Obispo county, is 17 miles NW of Santa Maria, California and 121 miles SW of Fresno, California. The city is included in the San Luis Obispo-Atascadero-Paso Robles metropolitan area. 

Pismo Beach History

Pismo Beach was named after the Indian term used for 'tar.' The earliest known inhabitants of the area were the Chumash Native Americans. The first post office was built in the area in 1880s. In 1888, the school district was founded. Pismo Beach was incorporated as a city in 1939.

Pismo Beach and Nearby Attractions

  • Santa Maria Valley Historical Museum.
  • San Luis Obispo Children's Museum.
  • Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.
  • Morro Bay State Park.
  • Montaña de Oro State Park.
  • Spyglass Park.

Things To Do In Pismo Beach

Local museums include the San Luis Obispo County Historical Museum, the San Luis Obispo Children's Museum and the Santa Maria Valley Historical Museum. Local parks include Margo Dodd Park, Pismo Beach City Park, Ocean Park and Morro Bay State Park.

Pismo Beach Transportation

Flights are available from San Luis County Regional Airport.

Pismo Beach Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at Cuesta College, the University of California-Santa Barbara and Allan Hancock College.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,984
Male Share of the Population47.3%
Female Share of the Population52.7%
Senior Citizens29.1%
Employed Population 16+3,741
Age of the Population54

Families

% of people married52.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher42.2%
Median Earnings25+$47,165
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$7,212
Median Earnings With High School Degree$41,406

Wealth

Median Family Income$88,825
% Above Poverty Level92.7%
% Below Poverty Level7.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home11%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.5%
% Using Public Transportation3.8%

Housing

People Living Alone40%
Median Gross Rent$1,431
Median House Value$633,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)22.4%
English14.1%
Italian12.1%
Irish10.6%
Portuguese4.3%
French Except Basque3%
Norwegian2.4%
Scottish2.1%
Dutch1.5%
Swedish1.5%
Polish1.5%
Russian1.2%
Danishn1.2%
Canadian0.9%
Greek0.9%
Hungarian0.7%
Brazilian0.6%
Welsh0.5%
Swiss0.4%
Croatian0.3%
Basque0.3%
Afghan)0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Turkish0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Slovene0.2%
Czech0.2%
German0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Arab0.1%
Belgian0.1%
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Pismo Beach Almanac

CategoryValue
County San Luis Obispo County
Standard Zip Codes93449
P.O. Box Zip Codes93448
Phone Area Codes805
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude35.15
Approximate Longitude-120.67

Pismo Beach Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPISMO BEACH
Distance2.9 miles
Jan Temp43 to 65 F
Apr Temp46 to 69 F
Jul Temp53 to 71 F
Oct Temp51 to 73 F
Annual Precip17.7 inches
StationSANTA MARIA AP
Distance18.5 miles
Jan Temp39 to 64 F
Apr Temp43 to 68 F
Jul Temp54 to 74 F
Oct Temp48 to 74 F
Annual Precip14 inches
StationMORRO BAY FIRE DEPT
Distance19.5 miles
Jan Temp42 to 62 F
Apr Temp45 to 63 F
Jul Temp52 to 65 F
Oct Temp50 to 69 F
Annual Precip17.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Arroyo Grande17,842$93,708
Grover Beach13,484$60,789
Guadalupe7,252$44,071
Morro Bay10,519$70,417
San Luis Obispo46,716$80,357
Santa Maria103,642$53,033

Pismo Beach Public Schools

Judkins Middle
680 Wadsworth St.
ZIP: 93449
Middle
Total Enrollment 427
Shell Beach Elementary
2100 Shell Beach Rd.
ZIP: 93449
Primary
Total Enrollment 433
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