Demographics
ACS DEMOGRAPHIC AND HOUSING ESTIMATES
20112015 American Community Survey 5Year Estimates
Although the American Community Survey (ACS) produces population, demographic and housing unit estimates, it is the Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program that produces and disseminates the official estimates of the population for the nation, states, counties, cities and towns and estimates of housing units for states and counties.
Subject 
Pacifica city, California 

Estimate 
Margin of Error 
Percent 
Percent Margin of Error 

SEX AND AGE 




Total population 
38,665 
+/34 
38,665 
(X) 
Male 
18,676 
+/528 
48.3% 
+/1.4 
Female 
19,989 
+/532 
51.7% 
+/1.4 
Under 5 years 
1,983 
+/265 
5.1% 
+/0.7 
5 to 9 years 
2,096 
+/316 
5.4% 
+/0.8 
10 to 14 years 
2,408 
+/329 
6.2% 
+/0.9 
15 to 19 years 
2,257 
+/247 
5.8% 
+/0.6 
20 to 24 years 
2,247 
+/245 
5.8% 
+/0.6 
25 to 34 years 
4,899 
+/483 
12.7% 
+/1.3 
35 to 44 years 
5,110 
+/421 
13.2% 
+/1.1 
45 to 54 years 
6,318 
+/419 
16.3% 
+/1.1 
55 to 59 years 
3,211 
+/363 
8.3% 
+/0.9 
60 to 64 years 
2,929 
+/341 
7.6% 
+/0.9 
65 to 74 years 
3,211 
+/253 
8.3% 
+/0.7 
75 to 84 years 
1,359 
+/239 
3.5% 
+/0.6 
85 years and over 
637 
+/158 
1.6% 
+/0.4 
Median age (years) 
41.8 
+/1.0 
(X) 
(X) 
18 years and over 
30,822 
+/432 
79.7% 
+/1.1 
21 years and over 
29,617 
+/456 
76.6% 
+/1.2 
62 years and over 
6,938 
+/419 
17.9% 
+/1.1 
65 years and over 
5,207 
+/310 
13.5% 
+/0.8 
18 years and over 
30,822 
+/432 
30,822 
(X) 
Male 
14,950 
+/438 
48.5% 
+/1.3 
Female 
15,872 
+/468 
51.5% 
+/1.3 
65 years and over 
5,207 
+/310 
5,207 
(X) 
Male 
2,268 
+/203 
43.6% 
+/3.2 
Data are based on a sample and are subject to sampling variability. The degree of uncertainty for an estimate arising from sampling variability is represented through the use of a margin of error. The value shown here is the 90 percent margin of error. The margin of error can be interpreted roughly as providing a 90 percent probability that the interval defined by the estimate minus the margin of error and the estimate plus the margin of error (the lower and upper confidence bounds) contains the true value. In addition to sampling variability, the ACS estimates are subject to nonsampling error (for a discussion of nonsampling variability, see Accuracy of the Data). The effect of nonsampling error is not represented in these tables.
While the 20112015 American Community Survey (ACS) data generally reflect the February 2013 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) definitions of metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas; in certain instances the names, codes, and boundaries of the principal cities shown in ACS tables may differ from the OMB definitions due to differences in the effective dates of the geographic entities.
Estimates of urban and rural population, housing units, and characteristics reflect boundaries of urban areas defined based on Census 2010 data. As a result, data for urban and rural areas from the ACS do not necessarily reflect the results of ongoing urbanization.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 20112015 American Community Survey 5Year Estimates Explanation of Symbols:
 An ‘**’ entry in the margin of error column indicates that either no sample observations or too few sample observations were available to compute a standard error and thus the margin of error. A statistical test is not appropriate.
 An ‘‘ entry in the estimate column indicates that either no sample observations or too few sample observations were available to compute an estimate, or a ratio of medians cannot be calculated because one or both of the median estimates falls in the lowest interval or upper interval of an openended distribution.
 An ‘‘ following a median estimate means the median falls in the lowest interval of an openended distribution.
 An ‘+’ following a median estimate means the median falls in the upper interval of an openended distribution.
 An ‘***’ entry in the margin of error column indicates that the median falls in the lowest interval or upper interval of an openended distribution. A statistical test is not appropriate.
 An ‘*****’ entry in the margin of error column indicates that the estimate is controlled. A statistical test for sampling variability is not appropriate.
 An ‘N’ entry in the estimate and margin of error columns indicates that data for this geographic area cannot be displayed because the number of sample cases is too small.
 An ‘(X)’ means that the estimate is not applicable or not available.
2010
The 2010 United States Census[6] reported that Pacifica had a population of 37,234. The population density was 2,941.1 people per square mile (1,135.6/km²). The racial makeup of Pacifica was 24,166 (64.9%) White, 976 (2.6%) African American, 206 (0.6%) Native American, 7,230 (19.4%) Asian, 315 (0.8%) Pacific Islander, 1,703 (4.6%) from other races, and 2,638 (7.1%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6,243 persons (16.8%).
The Census reported that 37,052 people (99.5% of the population) lived in households, 64 (0.2%) lived in noninstitutionalized group quarters, and 118 (0.3%) were institutionalized.
There were 13,967 households, out of which 4,511 (32.3%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 7,385 (52.9%) were oppositesex married couples living together, 1,592 (11.4%) had a female householder with no husband present, 709 (5.1%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 869 (6.2%) unmarried oppositesex partnerships, and 237 (1.7%) samesex married couples or partnerships. 3,126 households (22.4%) were made up of individuals and 1,098 (7.9%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65. There were 9,686 families (69.3% of all households); the average family size was 3.12.
The population was spread out with 7,707 people (20.7%) under the age of 18, 2,842 people (7.6%) aged 18 to 24, 10,011 people (26.9%) aged 25 to 44, 12,155 people (32.6%) aged 45 to 64, and 4,519 people (12.1%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.5 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.
There were 14,523 housing units at an average density of 1,147.2 per square mile (442.9/km²), of which 9,545 (68.3%) were owneroccupied, and 4,422 (31.7%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.9%; the rental vacancy rate was 4.8%. 26,567 people (71.4% of the population) lived in owneroccupied housing units and 10,485 people (28.2%) lived in rental housing units.
2000
As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 38,390 people, 13,994 households, and 9,655 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,038.9 people per square mile (1,173.6/km²). There were 14,245 housing units at an average density of 1,127.6 per square mile (435.5/km²).
There were 13,994 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.5% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were nonfamilies. 21.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.21.
In the city, the population was spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 32.8% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $71,737, and the median income for a family was $78,361 (these figures had risen to $82,000 and $102,463 respectively as of a 2007 estimate[8]). Males had a median income of $50,761 versus $40,261 for females. The per capita income for the city was $30,183. About 1.2% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.2% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.
The oldest person to ever live in Pacifica is Rose G. Rosenthal who was born on April 8, 1901, and died December 27, 2008. The Reverend Herschell Harkins Memorial pier was constructed in 1973 and was designed to carry sewage piping out to sea. It was closed in 1992 due to corrosion of some of the structure. Since then the pier has been repaired and is a well known fishing spot; on July 8–9, 1995, over 1,000 salmon were caught from the pier.