Oceanside, California Population 2020

176,950

Oceanside is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 176,950, it is the 29th largest city in California and the 152nd largest city in the United States. Oceanside is currently growing at a rate of 0.25% annually and its population has increased by 5.90% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 167,086 in 2010. Spanning over 42 miles, Oceanside has a population density of 4,289 people per square mile.

The average household income in Oceanside is $87,744 with a poverty rate of 11.62%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,674 per month, and the median house value is $460,100. The median age in Oceanside is 37.6 years, 35.5 years for males, and 39.5 years for females. For every 100 females there are 98.3 males.

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 Oceanside was:

  • White: 74.69%
  • Asian: 7.57%
  • Other race: 6.09%
  • Two or more races: 5.59%
  • Black or African American: 4.73%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.70%
  • Native American: 0.63%
The current population of Oceanside, California is 176,950, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 176,080.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 167,086.

Oceanside, California Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White130,99174.69%
Asian13,2697.57%
Some Other Race10,6816.09%
Two or More Races9,8095.59%
Black or African American8,2974.73%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1,2360.70%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,1060.63%

Oceanside Population Pyramid 2020

Oceanside Median Age

37.6


Total

35.5


Male

39.5


Female

Oceanside Adults

There are 137,915 adults, (27,214 of whom are seniors) in Oceanside.

Oceanside Age Dependency

58.4

Age Dependency Ratio

24.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Oceanside Sex Ratio

Female

88,436

50.42%

Male

86,953

49.58%

Oceanside Households and Families

Oceanside Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Oceanside Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married67.4%32.6%
All56.3%43.7%
Non Family47.5%52.5%
Female39.9%60.1%
Male37.9%62.1%

56.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All61,6562.8356.3
Married31,6353.4767.4
Non Family19,7981.3847.5
Female6,8243.6239.9
Male3,3993.7537.9

3.38

Average Family Size

2.83

Average Household Size

7%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Oceanside Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade8,9347.39%
9th to 12th Grade7,1525.92%
High School Graduate25,03420.71%
Some College31,20225.82%
Associates Degree11,8589.81%
Bachelors Degree24,48820.26%
Graduate Degree12,18310.08%

Oceanside Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White65,18862,27925,000
Hispanic35,74023,9864,391
Asian10,1159,3004,469
Other Race6,5534,156708
Black5,4395,0441,647
Multiple Races4,8344,3481,044
Islander768691292
Native American751652115

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.54%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 44.18%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$39,122$44,295$32,103
Less Than High School$21,960$26,970$18,842
High School Grad$32,418$36,621$30,317
Some College$37,202$42,369$30,987
Bachelors Degree$53,462$64,271$45,146
Graduate Degree$82,467$96,619$67,833

$39,122

Average Earnings

$44,295

Average Male

$32,103

Average Female

Oceanside Language

Oceanside Language by Age

Oceanside Language

67.86% of Oceanside residents speak only English, while 32.14% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 24.43% of the population.

Oceanside Poverty

Oceanside Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic60,8199,20615.14%
White84,2927,8259.28%
Other10,6571,28312.04%
Black8,2101,24815.20%
Asian13,2181,2389.37%
Multiple9,7471,07311.01%
Native1,05324623.36%
Islander1,2331189.57%

11.62%

Overall Poverty Rate

10.79%

Male Poverty Rate

12.44%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Oceanside

The race most likely to be in poverty in Oceanside is Native, with 23.36% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Oceanside is White, with 9.28% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.89%. Among those working part-time, it was 12.00%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 19.95%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School19.63%
High School12.69%
Some College10.36%
Bachelors or Greater3.88%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed19.12%
Female Unemployed18.15%
Female Employed5.19%
Male Employed4.88%

Oceanside Income

Oceanside Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$68,652$87,744
Families$78,896$98,763
Married Families$92,141$110,858
Non Families$47,093$58,626

Oceanside Marital Status

Oceanside Marital Status

Marriage Rates

49.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

50.4%

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 Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Oceanside Marital Status by Race

Oceanside Veterans

16,332

Number of Veterans

14,529

Male Veterans

1,803

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam5,291
Second Gulf War4,535
First Gulf War4,077
Korea1,267
World War II442
Age Group Veterans
35 to 544,000
55 to 643,508
65 to 743,384
75+2,937
18 to 342,503
Name Veterans % of Total
White12,70112.40%
Hispanic2,7656.50%
Black1,54924.23%
Asian7116.48%
2 or More61210.35%
Other5176.47%
Hawaiian15116.31%
Indian9110.71%

$Oceanside Veterans by Education

6.67%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.91%

Veteran Disability Rate

Oceanside Employment Status

64.6%

Labor Force Participation

59%

Employment Rate

6.2%

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

49.10%

Born in California

79.64%

Native Born

20.36%

Foreign Born

9.54%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

79.64% of Oceanside residents were born in the United States, with 49.10% having been born in California. 9.54% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020176,9504350.25%
2019176,5154350.25%
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%