Oceanside, California Population 2019

176,080

Oceanside is located on the South Coast of California in San Diego County. This coastal city is about 38 miles north of San Diego and it's part of a tri-city area along with nearby cities Vista and Carlsbad. Oceanside is the 3rd largest city in San Diego County after San Diego and Chula Vista with an estimated population of 176,080 in 2019.

History

Oceanside was first explored by Europeans in 1769 under Father Junipero Serra who founded the Spanish Mission San Luis Rey de Francia along the San Luis Rey River. By the early 19th century, present-day Oceanside was a farming community. The region remained under Spanish rule until 1821 before it passed to Mexico and then the United States in 1848.

In 1834, secularization of California land occurred and all Mission properties were confiscated and sold. A small township called San Luis Rey west of the Mission was established in the 1870s and inhabited by English settlers. The community had a post office, hotel, and stores. By 1882, a railroad extended from Los Angeles to San Diego down the coast and through the region.

In the 1880s, Andrew Jackson Myers moved to the area from Illinois and applied for a Homestead Grant on the Oceanside property and received 160 acres. The new townsite was surveyed and lots were sold. Myers, who owned the first land and first home, is considered Oceanside's founder. Oceanside was incorporated in 1888 with a population of 1,000.

Throughout the 20th century, Oceanside was a popular beach town with a residential downtown. The population has grown steadily since the 1920s with the strongest growth in the 1940s and 1950s after the establishment of the nearby Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

Population Growth

Oceanside remains one of the most affordable San Diego beach communities although this is changing rapidly as demand grows and the city's population continues to rise. Oceanside has transformed from a small military town to a thriving scene for art and food. Oceanside is expected to continue its modest population growth over the next decade.

Oceanside, California's estimated population is 176,080 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Oceanside, California is the 28th largest city in California based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 4268.38 people/mi² (1648.02 people/km²).

The overall median age is 37.5 years, 35.6 years for males, and 39.3 years for females. For every 100 females there are 98.8 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 66,715 households in the city, with an average size of 2.81 people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.7%, with a median rent of $1545/month. The median house has 5.3 rooms, and has a value of $423,100.

The median income for households in Oceanside, California is $61,778, while the mean household income is $82,243.

Oceanside Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Oceanside was:

  • White: 73.14%
  • Other race: 7.36%
  • Asian: 7.36%
  • Two or more races: 5.64%
  • Black or African American: 5.03%
  • Native American: 0.75%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.72%

How Many People Live in Oceanside, California?

176,080
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018176,0801500.09%
2017175,9304350.25%
2016175,4953070.18%
2015175,1889290.53%
2014174,2591,1710.68%
2013173,0881,6210.95%
2012171,4671,6140.95%
2011169,8531,9341.15%
2010167,9196,8900.42%
2000161,02932,6312.29%
1990128,39851,7005.29%
198076,69836,2046.60%
197040,49415,5234.95%
196024,97112,0906.84%
195012,8818,23010.72%
19404,6511,1432.86%
19303,5082,34711.69%
19201,1614885.60%
19106733437.39%
19003300.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White127,85373.14%
Some Other Race12,8727.36%
Asian12,8677.36%
Two or More Races9,8535.64%
Black or African American8,7895.03%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,3120.75%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1,2650.72%

Oceanside Population Pyramid 2019

Oceanside Median Age

37.5


Total

35.6


Male

39.3


Female

Oceanside Adults

There are 137,361 adults, (26,461 of whom are seniors) in Oceanside.

Oceanside Age Dependency

57.6

Age Dependency Ratio

23.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Oceanside Sex Ratio

Female

87,939

50.31%

Male

86,872

49.69%

Oceanside Households and Families

Oceanside Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Oceanside Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married66.4%33.6%
All56%44%
Non Family47.3%52.7%
Female40.9%59.1%
Male40.6%59.4%

56.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All61,9782.8156
Married31,6523.4466.4
Non Family20,1421.3747.3
Female7,1153.6740.9
Male3,0693.6640.6

3.37

Average Family Size

2.81

Average Household Size

6.9%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Oceanside Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade9,1417.64%
9th to 12th Grade7,5326.30%
High School Graduate24,38220.38%
Some College29,54724.70%
Associates Degree13,12410.97%
Bachelors Degree23,81919.91%
Graduate Degree12,09610.11%

Oceanside Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White65,06862,23424,477
Hispanic34,95222,7594,272
Asian9,7718,8934,454
Other Race7,5534,302733
Black5,6855,2381,557
Multiple Races4,6864,1261,106
Native American844678118
Islander803751202

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.64%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 45.58%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$37,751$43,214$31,675
Less Than High School$22,722$26,553$18,963
High School Grad$30,963$34,109$27,459
Some College$36,799$42,251$30,786
Bachelors Degree$51,139$60,739$44,834
Graduate Degree$76,610$92,467$63,219

$37,751

Average Earnings

$43,214

Average Male

$31,675

Average Female

Oceanside Language

Oceanside Language by Age

Oceanside Language

68.58% of Oceanside residents speak only English, while 31.42% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 23.71% of the population.

Oceanside Poverty

Oceanside Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic60,96310,11616.59%
White84,0768,97410.67%
Other12,8502,19417.07%
Black8,6891,38715.96%
Asian12,8111,2669.88%
Multiple9,8248738.89%
Native1,22438531.45%
Islander1,2621068.40%

12.91%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.09%

Male Poverty Rate

13.72%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Oceanside

The race most likely to be in poverty in Oceanside is Native, with 31.45% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Oceanside is Islander, with 8.40% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.78%. Among those working part-time, it was 12.93%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.45%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School21.05%
High School15.45%
Some College12.42%
Bachelors or Greater4.73%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed20.42%
Male Unemployed19.44%
Female Employed5.53%
Male Employed5.06%

Oceanside Income

Oceanside Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$61,778$82,243
Families$72,964$91,955
Married Families$85,384$102,887
Non Families$41,975$57,038

Oceanside Marital Status

Oceanside Marital Status

Marriage Rates

49.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

50.9%

Male Marriage Rate

48.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Oceanside Married by Age and Sex

Oceanside Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Oceanside Marital Status by Race

Oceanside Veterans

16,524

Number of Veterans

14,964

Male Veterans

1,560

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam5,281
Second Gulf War4,496
First Gulf War4,085
Korea1,322
World War II697
Age Group Veterans
35 to 544,272
65 to 743,321
55 to 643,282
75+3,086
18 to 342,563

Oceanside Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White12,84912.85%
Hispanic2,5676.09%
Black1,61024.33%
Asian6686.26%
2 or More5819.79%
Other5505.73%
Indian16416.53%
Hawaiian10210.76%

Oceanside Veterans by Education

6.82%

Veteran Poverty Rate

24.95%

Veteran Disability Rate

Oceanside Employment Status

62.5%

Labor Force Participation

56.6%

Employment Rate

6.6%

Unemployment Rate

Oceanside Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

49.61%

Born in California

80.13%

Native Born

19.87%

Foreign Born

9.53%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

80.13% of Oceanside residents were born in the United States, with 49.61% having been born in California. 9.53% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.