Santa Margarita

Overview for Santa Margarita, CA

800 people live in Santa Margarita, where the median age is 46 and the average individual income is $38,523. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

46 years

Median Age


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Santa Margarita, CA

Santa Margarita has 488 households, with an average household size of 1.64. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Santa Margarita do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Median Age

41 / 59%

Men vs Women

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25-64 Years


65-74 Years


75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
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30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Santa Margarita, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Santa Margarita. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Santa Margarita Elementary
K - 5th

Around Santa Margarita, CA

There's plenty to do around Santa Margarita, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Giving Tree Family Farm.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Active 3.65 miles 47 reviews 5/5 stars

Santa Margarita is a charming community that offers several compelling reasons why people might want to move there. Here are some key aspects that make Santa Margarita an attractive place to live:

  1.     Natural Beauty: Santa Margarita is nestled in the scenic Santa Lucia Mountains and surrounded by breathtaking natural landscapes. The town is located in San Luis Obispo County, known for its stunning coastline, rolling hills, and proximity to national parks like Los Padres National Forest and Carrizo Plain National Monument. Residents can enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, fishing, and wildlife watching.
  2.     Small-Town Atmosphere: Santa Margarita maintains a small-town feel, fostering a close-knit community where neighbors know and support one another. The town has a population of less than 2,000 people, ensuring a tight community bond and a slower pace of life. Residents often appreciate the friendly and welcoming atmosphere, along with the sense of belonging.
  3.     Quality of Life: Santa Margarita offers a high quality of life. The town boasts a low crime rate, good schools, and a strong sense of community. The pace of life is generally relaxed, providing a peaceful environment for families, retirees, and those seeking a quieter lifestyle. The town also has a range of amenities, including local shops, restaurants, and recreational facilities, which add to the overall convenience and comfort.
  4.     Proximity to San Luis Obispo: Santa Margarita is conveniently located just a short drive from San Luis Obispo, a vibrant city known for its lively downtown area, cultural events, and educational institutions like California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). Residents of Santa Margarita can enjoy the amenities and opportunities offered by a larger city while still living in a more serene and rural setting.
  5.     Wine Country: The Santa Margarita area is part of the renowned Central Coast wine region, with numerous vineyards and wineries nearby. Wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs can explore the local wine trails, participate in tastings, and attend events celebrating the area's viticulture. This adds a distinct cultural aspect to the region and provides opportunities for wine-related tourism.
  6.     Recreational Opportunities: Beyond the natural beauty surrounding Santa Margarita, the region offers plenty of recreational opportunities. Outdoor enthusiasts can engage in activities such as horseback riding, mountain biking, zip-lining, off-roading, and boating at nearby lakes. The area's mild climate further supports year-round outdoor pursuits.

The town's natural beauty, small-town atmosphere, quality of life, proximity to San Luis Obispo, wine country appeal, and recreational opportunities are some of the common factors that make Santa Margarita an attractive place to call home.

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