Nipomo (n@ˈpoʊmoʊ; Chumash: Nipumuʔ) is a unincorporated town in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States. The population was 16,714 for the 2010 census and grew to 18,176 for the 2020 census. For statistical purposes, the United States Census Bureau has defined Nipomo as a census-designated place (CDP).
The name is the Spanish transliteration of the Obispeño Chumash place name Nipumuʔ, meaning "place of the big house" or "village".
The original settlers of Nipomo were the Chumash Indians, who have lived in the area for over 9,000 years. Rancho Nipomo (the Indian word ne-po-mah meant "foot of the hill") was one of the first and largest of the Mexican land grants in San Luis Obispo County.
William G. Dana of Boston, a sea captain travels led him to California where he married Maria Josefa Carrillo of Santa Barbara. In 1837, the Rancho Nipomo was granted to Captain Dana by the Mexican governor. The Dana Adob