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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.

People

Total Population 7,890
Male Share of the Population 45.6%
Female Share of the Population 54.4%
Senior Citizens 24.8%
Employed Population 16+ 3,676
Age of the Population 51

Families

% of people married 53.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 41%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $85,000
% Above Poverty Level 92.9%
% Below Poverty Level 7.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 9.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5%
% Using Public Transportation 5.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 40.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,496
Median House Value $619,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.1%
US/American 0%
English 22.5%
Irish 10.8%

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

Pismo Beach Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 17 miles NW of Santa Maria, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 121 miles SW of Fresno, California
County San Luis Obispo
Metro Area San Luis Obispo - Atascadero - Paso Robles
Standard Zip Codes 93420, 93433, 93449
P.O. Box Zip Codes 93448
Phone Area Codes 805
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.142
Longitude -120.64

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)

Station PISMO BEACH
Distance 2.9 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
Station SANTA MARIA AP
Distance 18.5 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
Station MORRO BAY FIRE DEPT
Distance 19.5 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Pismo Beach, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Halcyon (93420)

Shell Beach (93448, 93449)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arroyo Grande 17,720 $85,144
Grover Beach 13,409 $59,155
Guadalupe 7,218 $44,504
Morro Bay 10,471 $67,869
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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