Los Osos is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 14,465 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Los Osos is the 361st largest community in California.
Housing costs in Los Osos 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 towns, Los Osos isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Los Osos are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Los Osos is a town of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Los Osos who work in management occupations (12.73%), office and administrative support (12.32%), and sales jobs (8.11%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.78% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
One of the nice things about Los Osos is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Los Osos is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 44.20% of adults in Los Osos have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in Los Osos in 2018 was $38,464, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $153,856 for a family of four. However, Los Osos contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Los Osos is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Los Osos home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Los Osos residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Los Osos also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 19.69% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Los Osos include Irish, German, English, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Los Osos is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.