Population, Race and Ethnicity
Bodega Bay is a Census-designated place in Sonoma County, California, with a population of 733. According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, 94.10% of residents identify as white, 0.00% as Black or African American, 0.00% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.00% as Asian, 0.00% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 5.90% as Hispanic or Latino, and 0.00% as some other race or combination of races.
Nationally, some 61.1% of Americans identify as white, 12.3% as Black or African American, 0.7% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 5.4% as Asian, 0.2% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 17.8% as Hispanic or Latino, and 2.6% as some other race or combination of races.
Census respondents are also asked to report ancestry. Some of the most commonly reported ancestries in Bodega Bay include German, Irish, English, Scottish, and Italian. Measured by location quotient — comparing the Census-designated place share to the national share — some of the most highly concentrated ancestries in Census-designated place are Welsh, Austrian, and Scottish.
The population of Bodega Bay is older than the United States as a whole. The median age is 65.3 years, 27.4 years more than the national median age of 37.9 years. An estimated 51.20% of the population is 65 years and over, compared to 15.2% of the U.S. population.
Family and household composition
Family and household composition also varies heavily across the United States. In Bodega Bay, 41.30% of households are occupied by married-couple families, compared to the 48.3% national figure. Some 2.50% of households are occupied by single male householders, 2.30% by single female householders, and 53.90% by non-family occupants. Nationwide, 4.9% of households are occupied by single male householders, 12.6% by single female householders, and 34.3% by non-family occupants. An estimated 59.80% of heads of household own their homes, compared to the national homeownership rate of 63.8%.
English is by far the most commonly spoken language in California and across the U.S. as a whole. Similarly, in Bodega Bay, 100% of local residents aged 5 and up speak English exclusively, or, if they are multilingual, speak English very well. For context, 81.9% of the 5 and older population across California only speaks English, or speak it very well, and 91.5% of the same age group nationwide do.
Residents of Bodega Bay are slightly more likely than the typical American to be married. Of all local residents aged 15 and older, 49.4% are currently married, compared to 48.1% of Americans nationwide in the same age group. Across California as a whole, 46.8% of residents 15 and older are married.
Divorce is far more common in Bodega Bay than it is across the U.S. as a whole. According to Census estimates, 17.5% of residents 15 and older are divorced — compared to 10.8% of the U.S. population in the same age group. In California, 9.3% of the 15 and older population is divorced.
An estimated 25% of Bodega Bay residents 15 and older have never married, compared to one-third of all Americans in the same age group.
In Bodega Bay, 13.6% of the 18 and older civilian population are veterans — compared to 7.5% of adult civilians nationwide and 5.4% of the civilian population in all of California.
In Bodega Bay, adults are more likely to have a high school education than the typical American adult, and are also more likely to have a four-year college education. Among Bodega Bay residents 25 and older, 97.90% have a high school diploma or equivalent, and 66.20% have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 87.7% and 31.5% of adults nationwide, respectively. Across California, 82.9% of adults have graduated high school, and 33.3 have a bachelor’s degree.
Serious financial hardship is less common in Bodega Bay than it is nationwide. The local poverty rate stands at 5.40%, while the national poverty rate is 14.1%. Across the state as a whole, 14.3% of the population lives below the poverty line.
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