The permanent population of the City of Bishop is 3,879 people based on the 2010 Census. The total population of the Bishop area is about 10,000 people. About half the population in the city is between the ages of 20 and 60 years old with about one quarter of the population being younger than 20 and older than 60. The city’s median age is about 39 years old. The population of Bishop changes little over time due to extremely limited private land available for development and population growth. For example, over 90 percent of the land in Inyo County is owned by government agencies and release of public land into private hands is rare.
Ethnically, the City’s population is predominantly identified as white, accounting for more than 80 percent of the total population. The portion of the city’s population identified as Hispanic is increasing.
Bishop’s median household income is about $38,000 and the median home price is about $250,000.