Arroyo Grande is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 18,123 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Arroyo Grande is the 329th largest community in California.
Housing costs in Arroyo Grande are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Arroyo Grande is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Arroyo Grande is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Arroyo Grande who work in management occupations (14.88%), office and administrative support (12.57%), and sales jobs (10.85%).
Arroyo Grande is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
The population of Arroyo Grande is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 34.58% of adults in Arroyo Grande have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Arroyo Grande in 2010 was $38,893, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $155,572 for a family of four. However, Arroyo Grande contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Arroyo Grande is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Arroyo Grande home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Arroyo Grande residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Arroyo Grande also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.58% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Arroyo Grande include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.
The most common language spoken in Arroyo Grande is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.