South Lake Tahoe, California Population 2024

20,679

South Lake Tahoe is a city located in El Dorado County California. South Lake Tahoe has a 2024 population of 20,679. South Lake Tahoe is currently declining at a rate of -1.19% annually and its population has decreased by -2.9% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 21,296 in 2020.

The average household income in South Lake Tahoe is $106,983 with a poverty rate of 13.34%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in South Lake Tahoe is 38.9 years, 39 years for males, and 38.8 years for females.

South Lake Tahoe Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of South Lake Tahoe was:

  • White: 71.52%
  • Two or more races: 10.33%
  • Other race: 10.09%
  • Asian: 6.33%
  • Native American: 0.98%
  • Black or African American: 0.55%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.2%
Land Area (mi²)
10.2 sq mi
Density (mi²)
2,036.50/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-2.9% (-617)
The current population of South Lake Tahoe, California is 20,679 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 21,296.

South Lake Tahoe, California Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White15,26671.52%
Two or more races2,20610.33%
Other race2,15410.09%
Asian1,3526.33%
Native American2090.98%
Black or African American1170.55%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander420.2%
showing: 7 rows

White

Two or more races

Other race

Asian

Native American

Black or African American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

South Lake Tahoe Population by Race

South Lake Tahoe Population Pyramid 2024

South Lake Tahoe Median Age

38.9

Total

39

Male

38.8

Female

South Lake Tahoe Adults

There are 17,948 adults, (3,426 of whom are seniors) in South Lake Tahoe.

South Lake Tahoe Age Dependency

47

Age Dependency Ratio

23.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

23.4

Child Dependency Ratio

South Lake Tahoe Sex Ratio

Female10,57149.52%
Male10,77550.48%

South Lake Tahoe Population by Age

South Lake Tahoe Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All9,1252.314456
Non Family4,1931.3835.464.6
Married3,4593.157.842.2
Female1,1123.0934.965.1
Male3613.0439.160.9
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2.94

Average Family Size

2.31

Average Household Size

44.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

South Lake Tahoe Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

South Lake Tahoe Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

South Lake Tahoe Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 38.2%.

South Lake Tahoe Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$41,400

Average Earnings

$45,373

Average Male

$38,113

Average Female

South Lake Tahoe Earnings by Educational Attainment

South Lake Tahoe Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

South Lake Tahoe Language

70.43% of South Lake Tahoe residents speak only English, while 29.57% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 21.76% of the population.

South Lake Tahoe Language

South Lake Tahoe Poverty by Race

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White12,5551,36310.86%
Hispanic5,9791,07317.95%
Multiple2,18570032.04%
Other2,10430014.26%
Asian1,347745.49%
Black994343.43%
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13.34%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.88%

Male Poverty Rate

13.8%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in South Lake Tahoe

The race most likely to be in poverty in South Lake Tahoe is Black, with 43.43% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in South Lake Tahoe is Asian, with 5.49% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.93%. Among those working part-time, it was 13.72%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.71%.

South Lake Tahoe Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade21.9%
Some College13.91%
Bachelors or Greater9%
High School6.85%
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South Lake Tahoe Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed34.24%
Male Unemployed32.72%
Female Employed6.41%
Male Employed6.09%
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South Lake Tahoe Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

South Lake Tahoe Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

South Lake Tahoe Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

40.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

38.8%

Male Marriage Rate

42.2%

Female Marriage Rate

South Lake Tahoe Married by Age and Sex

male

female

South Lake Tahoe 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.

South Lake Tahoe Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

South Lake Tahoe Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

614

Number of Veterans

599

Male Veterans

15

Female Veterans

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South Lake Tahoe Veterans by War

count

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South Lake Tahoe Veterans by Age

count

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South Lake Tahoe Veterans by Race

South Lake Tahoe Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

7.08%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29%

Veteran Disability Rate

South Lake Tahoe Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

69.3%

Labor Force Participation

65.9%

Employment Rate

4.6%

Unemployment Rate

South Lake Tahoe Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

South Lake Tahoe Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

South Lake Tahoe Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

51.89%

Born in South Lake Tahoe

78.63%

Native Born

21.37%

Foreign Born

10.22%

Non Citizen

11.15%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

78.63% of South Lake Tahoe residents were born in the United States, with 51.89% having been born in California. 10.22% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

South Lake Tahoe Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202919,439-248-1.26%
202819,687-248-1.24%
202719,935-248-1.23%
202620,183-248-1.21%
202520,431-248-1.2%
202420,679-248-1.19%
202320,927-248-1.17%
202221,175-248-1.16%
202121,4231270.6%
202021,296-1,619-7.07%
201922,9152150.95%
201822,7005342.41%
201722,1665292.44%
201621,637300.14%
201521,6071220.57%
201421,4851170.55%
201321,368420.2%
201221,326-77-0.36%
201121,403-27-0.13%
201021,430-2,179-9.23%
200023,6092,0239.37%
199021,5869054.38%
198020,6817,76060.06%
197012,921
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South Lake Tahoe Population by Year