Cambria is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States. The population was 6,232 at the 2000 census.
Cambria is located at (35.554030, -121.087394). According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.6 square miles (22.2 km²), all of it land.
Earliest human settlement of this area is associated with prehistoric
habitation by the Native American Chumash
peoples, who exploited marine resources along the coastal area, with emphasis upon sites that were streamside in nature.
As of the census
, there were 6,232 people, 2,816 households, and 1,881 families residing in the CDP. The population density
was 727.1 people per square mile (280.8/km²). There were 3,752 housing units at an average density of 437.7/sq mi (169.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 91.08% White
, 0.35% African American
, 0.99% Native American
, 1.16% Asian
, 0.13% Pacific Islander
, 4.03% from other races
, and 2.26% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 14.02% of the population.
There were 2,816 households out of which 18.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.6% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.63.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 16.4% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 18.0% from 25 to 44, 33.5% from 45 to 64, and 26.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 51 years. For every 100 females there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $45,000, and the median income for a family was $55,745. Males had a median income of $36,193 versus $24,594 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $29,620. About 3.8% of families and 8.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.6% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.
Cambria is home to Coast Unified School District. Coast Unified has one K-5 elementary school, one 6-8 middle school, one traditional 9-12 high school and one alternative high school. There are approximately 810 students enrolled K-12. The District also serves the communities of San Simeon to the north and Cayucos to the south (grades 9-12) as well as surrounding rural areas.
In the state legislature
Cambria is located in the 15th Senate
District, represented by Republican Abel Maldonado
, and in the 33rd Assembly
District, represented by Republican Sam Blakeslee
. Federally, Cambria is located in California's 23rd congressional district
, which has a Cook PVI
of D +9 and is represented by Democrat Lois Capps
The primary economic activity of Cambria is tourism. Cambria is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean
, and has dramatic rocky cliffs and beaches. There are many hotels and bed & breakfasts, especially on Moonstone Beach Drive.
Cambria is home to California State Historical Landmark No 939: Nitt Witt Ridge.
Cambria was used as the fictional town of "Canaima" in 1990's Arachnophobia.
Cambria was recently used as the fictional town of "Arcade Bay" in the pilot for the television program Ghost Town.
Cambria is located approximately six miles south of Hearst Castle and fifteen miles south of the Northern Elephant Seal rookery at Piedras Blancas
One of the more interesting places in Cambria is a uniquely personalized cemetery located at 6005 Bridge Street and detailed further here.
Cambria offers a variety of recreational activities. The Fiscalini Ranch
offers opportunities for bicycling
, dog walking, or hiking
. Local beaches offer a venue to boogie board
, surf, skimboard or relax. Ocean fishing is conducted off area beaches. Local kayak fishing tours are available.
Notable residents of Cambria include:
- Red Holloway, saxophonist
- Catherine Ryan Hyde, author
- Jack Morrow, author, saxaphonist, environmentalist
- Ray Mullikin, cartoonist
- Nehemiah Persoff, actor
- Charlie Shoemake, vibraphonist
- Kath Soucie, cartoon voice actress
- Arthur Tress, photographer
- Peter Horton,actor, producer