Traditionally, Bodega Bay has been a community of fishing and ranching families, with a sizable second home population. While this is still true, Bodega Bay’s population has grown and changed over the years, particularly over the last two decades.
In recent years a number of retirees have chosen it, but increasingly, families with children are discovering it too. Working people include those connected to the tourist or fishing industries in town, commuters to Sonoma and Marin County urban ares, as well as telecommuters who have traded the daily commute for and ocean view.
The main source of new housing and population in the past three decades has been Bodega Harbour, a planned community begun in 1971. With 725 parcels, the development more than doubled the total number of potential residences in the Bodega Bay area. The 1980s were particularly booming with new construction in the “Harbour”. In 1979, the Sonoma County Coastal Plan shows that 152 homes had been built in Bodega Harbour. As of mid-1998, Bodega Harbour was approaching build out with over 600 homes built.
2010 Census data
The 2010 United States Census reported that Bodega Bay had a population of 1,077. The population density was 86.0 people per square mile (33.2/km²). The ethnic makeup of Bodega Bay was 951 (88.3%) White, 2 (0.2%) African American, 4 (0.4%) Native American, 33 (3.1%) Asian, 4 (0.4%) Pacific Islander, 49 (4.5%) from other races, and 34 (3.2%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 126 persons (11.7%).
The Census reported that 99.0% of the population lived in households and 1.0% lived in non-institutionalized group quarters.
There were 533 households, out of which 77 (14.4%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 278 (52.2%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 22 (4.1%) had a female householder with no husband present, 14 (2.6%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 33 (6.2%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 8 (1.5%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 170 households (31.9%) were made up of individuals and 67 (12.6%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00. There were 314 families (58.9% of all households); the average family size was 2.48.
The population was spread out with 131 people (12.2%) under the age of 18, 52 people (4.8%) aged 18 to 24, 172 people (16.0%) aged 25 to 44, 409 people (38.0%) aged 45 to 64, and 313 people (29.1%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 57.2 years. For every 100 females there were 105.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.1 males.
There were 1,060 housing units at an average density of 84.6 per square mile (32.7/km²), of which 67.9% were owner-occupied and 32.1% were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 4.6%; the rental vacancy rate was 23.7%. 65.3% of the population lived in owner-occupied housing units and 33.7% lived in rental housing units.