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An earthquake struck several miles from Paso Robles at 19:15 UTC (11:15 PST). The quake registered 6.5 magnitude on the Richter Magnitude Scale, and caused two deaths when the roof slid off of the clock tower, a popular landmark.
As of the census of 2000, there are 24,297 people, 8,556 households, and 6,040 families residing in the city. The population density is 541.3/km² (1,401.6/mi²). There are 8,791 housing units at an average density of 195.9/km² (507.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 75.70% White, 3.32% African American, 1.30% Native American, 1.89% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 13.68% from other races, and 3.97% from two or more races. 27.72% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 8,556 households out of which 37.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% are married couples living together, 12.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% are non-families. 23.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.73 and the average family size is 3.23.
In the city the population is spread out with 29.8% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 33 years. For every 100 females there are 102.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 97.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $39,217, and the median income for a family is $44,322. Males have a median income of $35,514 versus $24,058 for females. The per capita income for the city is $17,974. 13.6% of the population and 10.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 17.7% are under the age of 18 and 9.7% are 65 or older.