Oceanside, California Population 2022

175,464
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Oceanside is a city located in San Diego County California. With a 2020 population of 175,464, it is the 30th largest city in California and the 159th largest city in the United States. Oceanside is currently growing at a rate of 0.40% annually but its population has decreased by -0.13% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 175,694 in 2020. Spanning over 42 miles, Oceanside has a population density of 4,253 people per square mile.

The average household income in Oceanside is $91,604 with a poverty rate of 9.63%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,803 per month, and the median house value is $538,200. The median age in Oceanside is 37.7 years, 36.1 years for males, and 39.4 years for females.

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.

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 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.

Oceanside Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Oceansidewas:

  • White: 68.21%
  • Two or more races: 10.98%
  • Other race: 7.41%
  • Asian: 7.26%
  • Black or African American: 4.38%
  • Native American: 1.12%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.63%
The current population of Oceanside, California is 175,464 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 175,694.

Oceanside, California Population 2022

Population by Race

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Oceanside Population by Race

Oceanside Population Pyramid 2022

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Oceanside Median Age

37.1


Total

35.6


Male

38.8


Female

Oceanside Adults

There are 137,693 adults, (27,283 of whom are seniors) in Oceanside.

Oceanside Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

24.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Oceanside Sex Ratio

Female

89,298

50.83%

Male

86,396

49.17%

Oceanside Population by Age

Oceanside Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Oceanside Household Types

57.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Oceanside Households and Families

3.41

Average Family Size

2.86

Average Household Size

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Oceanside Households by Type

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Oceanside Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Oceanside Educational Attainment by Race

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 96.24%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 43.31%.

Oceanside Educational Attainment by Race

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$40,705

Average Earnings

$47,374

Average Male

$32,731

Average Female

Oceanside Earnings by Educational Attainment

Oceanside Language by Age

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Oceanside Language

65.77% of Oceanside residents speak only English, while 34.23% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 26.09% of the population.

Oceanside Language

Oceanside Poverty by Race

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9.63%

Overall Poverty Rate

8.47%

Male Poverty Rate

10.75%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Oceanside

The race most likely to be in poverty in Oceanside is Islander, with 27.06% below the poverty level.

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.24%. Among those working part-time, it was 9.74%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 16.37%.

Oceanside Poverty

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Oceanside Poverty Rate by Education

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Oceanside Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Oceanside Income by Household Type

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Income by Household Type

Oceanside Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

49.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

51.9%

Male Marriage Rate

47.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Oceanside Married by Age and Sex

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Oceanside Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Oceanside Marital Status by Race

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Oceanside Marital Status

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14,661

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

Oceanside Veterans by War

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Oceanside Veterans by Age

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Oceanside Veterans by Race

Oceanside Veterans by Education

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4.97%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.46%

Veteran Disability Rate

Oceanside Veterans by Education

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67.3%

Labor Force Participation

61.3%

Employment Rate

5.7%

Unemployment Rate

Oceanside Employment by Age

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Oceanside Employment by Race

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Oceanside Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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50.83%

Born in Oceanside

79.78%

Native Born

20.22%

Foreign Born

9.10%

Non Citizen

11.12%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

79.78% of Oceanside residents were born in the United States, with 50.83% having been born in California. 9.10% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Oceanside Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected

Oceanside Population by Year