Oceano, California

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Oceano is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States. The population was 7,260 at the 2000 census.



Oceano is located at 35°6′10″N 120°36′41″W / 35.10278°N 120.61139°W / 35.10278; -120.61139 (35.102680, -120.611471)[1].

Oceano is part of the 5 Cities Metropolitan Area. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²), of which, 1.5 square miles (3.9 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.30%) is water.

Oceano's beach is the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, a 1500 acre (6 km²) coastal sand dune. As the only state park in California where visitors may drive vehicles on the beach, tourists are attracted from throughout the United States. Activities on this beach include riding the sand dunes on all-terrain-vehicles, swimming, clamming, camping, surfing, surf fishing, hiking, and bird watching.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 7,260 people, 2,447 households, and 1,722 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 4,774.4 people per square mile (1,844.1/km²). There were 2,762 housing units at an average density of 1,816.4/sq mi (701.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 68.73% White, 1.12% African American, 1.29% Native American, 1.80% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 21.78% from other races, and 5.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 44.63% of the population.

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