South Lake Tahoe, California Population 2021

22,487
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South Lake Tahoe is a city located in El Dorado County California. With a 2020 population of 22,487, it is the 289th largest city in California and the 1696th largest city in the United States . South Lake Tahoe is currently growing at a rate of 0.65% annually and its population has increased by 5.06% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 21,403 in 2010. South Lake Tahoe reached it's highest population of 23,609 in 2000. Spanning over 17 miles, South Lake Tahoe has a population density of 2,215 people per square mile.

The average household income in South Lake Tahoe is $69,434 with a poverty rate of 13.04%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,020 per month, and the median house value is $403,600. The median age in South Lake Tahoe is 37.1 years, 36.2 years for males, and 38.4 years for females.

South Lake Tahoe Demographics

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

  • White: 80.96%
  • Asian: 7.14%
  • Other race: 6.73%
  • Two or more races: 3.61%
  • Black or African American: 1.08%
  • Native American: 0.32%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.15%
The current population of South Lake Tahoe, California is 22,487 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 22,052.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 21,403.

South Lake Tahoe, California Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White17,76180.96%
Asian1,5677.14%
Some Other Race1,4766.73%
Two or More Races7933.61%
Black or African American2371.08%
American Indian and Alaska Native710.32%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander340.15%
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South Lake Tahoe Population by Race

South Lake Tahoe Population Pyramid $2021

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South Lake Tahoe Median Age

37.1


Total

36.2


Male

38.4


Female

South Lake Tahoe Adults

There are 18,208 adults, (3,268 of whom are seniors) in South Lake Tahoe.

South Lake Tahoe Age Dependency

46.8

Age Dependency Ratio

21.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

25

Child Dependency Ratio

South Lake Tahoe Sex Ratio

Female

10,181

46.41%

Male

11,758

53.59%

South Lake Tahoe Population by Age

South Lake Tahoe Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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South Lake Tahoe Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Male53.4%46.6%
Married49.3%50.7%
All41%59%
Female40.1%59.9%
Non Family33.7%66.3%

41.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

South Lake Tahoe Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All8,9322.4241
Non Family4,3951.4533.7
Married3,3583.3649.3
Female8013.2840.1
Male3783.5753.4

3.16

Average Family Size

2.42

Average Household Size

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South Lake Tahoe Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,0576.67%
9th to 12th Grade1,0236.45%
High School Graduate3,73923.58%
Some College4,60429.04%
Associates Degree1,5739.92%
Bachelors Degree2,90118.30%
Graduate Degree9596.05%
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South Lake Tahoe Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

South Lake Tahoe Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White10,1529,7583,031
Hispanic3,9332,583417
Asian1,197946295
Other Race82545659
2+ Races47345993
Black17510420
Native American7171
Islander343420

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 58.82%.

South Lake Tahoe Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,398$31,786$30,814
Less Than 9th Grade$24,318$24,773$21,968
High School Graduate$31,963$31,580$33,082
Some College$27,413$27,155$27,951
Bachelors Degree$50,117$54,025$41,536
Graduate Degree$55,847$63,427$45,179

$31,398

Average Earnings

$31,786

Average Male

$30,814

Average Female

South Lake Tahoe Earnings by Educational Attainment

South Lake Tahoe Language by Age

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South Lake Tahoe Language

69.47% of South Lake Tahoe residents speak only English, while 30.53% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 23.12% of the population.

South Lake Tahoe Language

South Lake Tahoe Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White12,7801,38710.85%
Hispanic6,5461,02915.72%
Other1,42432322.68%
Multiple76921327.70%
Asian1,56016910.83%
Black1947940.72%

13.04%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.18%

Male Poverty Rate

15.17%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in South Lake Tahoe

The race most likely to be in poverty in South Lake Tahoe is Black, with 40.72% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in South Lake Tahoe is Asian, with 10.83% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.12%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.02%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 19.38%.

South Lake Tahoe Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade16.19%
Some College13.59%
High School10.24%
Bachelors or Greater7.06%

South Lake Tahoe Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed45.79%
Male Unemployed36.14%
Female Employed8.55%
Male Employed7.44%

South Lake Tahoe Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

South Lake Tahoe Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$49,390$69,434
Families$66,296$83,050
Married Families$75,810-
Non Families$31,665$52,237
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Income by Household Type

South Lake Tahoe Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

39.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

37.1%

Male Marriage Rate

42.0%

Female Marriage Rate

South Lake Tahoe Married by Age and Sex

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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

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South Lake Tahoe Marital Status

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1,177

Number of Veterans

1,171

Male Veterans

6

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam511
First Gulf War162
Korea109
Second Gulf War30
World War II28

South Lake Tahoe Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74391
75+336
55 to 64269
35 to 54168
18 to 3413

South Lake Tahoe Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,0777.24%
Hispanic2264.68%
Native American3752.11%
Other Race252.37%
Asian171.24%
2+ Races122.32%
Black94.66%

South Lake Tahoe Veterans by Race

South Lake Tahoe Veterans by Education

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3.89%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.30%

Veteran Disability Rate

South Lake Tahoe Veterans by Education

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68.9%

Labor Force Participation

63.4%

Employment Rate

7.3%

Unemployment Rate

South Lake Tahoe Employment by Age

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South Lake Tahoe Employment by Race

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South Lake Tahoe 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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52.57%

Born in South Lake Tahoe

79.36%

Native Born

20.64%

Foreign Born

9.95%

Non Citizen

10.70%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

79.36% of South Lake Tahoe residents were born in the United States, with 52.57% having been born in California. 9.95% 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

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202122,4871450.65%
202022,3421450.65%
201922,1971450.66%
201822,0521090.50%
201721,9431820.84%
201621,761390.18%
201521,7222100.98%
201421,5121520.71%
201321,360680.32%
201221,292-84-0.39%
201121,376-34-0.16%
201021,410-2,199-0.97%
200023,6092,0230.90%
199021,5869050.43%
198020,6817,7604.82%
197012,9210.00%

South Lake Tahoe Population by Year