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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Arroyo Grande is a town in California with a population of 17,971. Arroyo Grande is in San Luis Obispo County. Living in Arroyo Grande offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Arroyo Grande there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many retirees live in Arroyo Grande and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Arroyo Grande are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$510,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,169
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    30%
  • Own
    70%
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Arroyo Grande Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    98.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    16.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    16.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    202.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,233.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    131.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    8%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    17%
  • 65+ years
    23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    38%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Arroyo Grande

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$74,654
National
$55,322

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Arroyo Grande Reviews

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It is a very small business oriented town. The demographics are a mixture between elderly white people and young adults of mixed ethnicity. The crime rates are extremely low. The overall presentation of the community is very gorgeous and is fairly active. They have some sort of festival just about once a month in the village. There are a solid amount of good restaurants of all varieties and the people are a lot more personable than those who live closer to Los Angeles. There are a good amount of elementary and middle schools in the city along with Arroyo Grande High School. I run into a lot of people who really feel comfortable raising their kids in the city and are happy living here. The only negative thing about living in the community is that there is a very dim night life for the younger generations. It is also fairly expensive to rent or buy a house in the area, but if you can afford it you should get a place. All in all, it is a great town to live!
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Arroyo Grande is an amazing quaint little town. The climate is mild- during summer its typically in the 70’s but recently started hitting the high 90’s. The winters are around 40-60 degrees. The only problem with the Central Coast, in general, is housing prices. IT IS OUTRAGEOUS.

The schools are decent but not the best we’ve seen living other places in the area (Atascadero and Paso Robles has better schools).
I moved to Arroyo Grande in 7th grade. I quickly made a close circle of friends that are still my friends and all of our parents are close. While in school I was active in several clubs and sports and was required to do the dreaded "ask for sponsorship. To my amazement, my neighbors were thrilled to support me and often showed up at football games, even though they didn't have any kids attending my high school. We are fortunate to live near the beach and at sunset, it is common to see entire families ending their day by taking a walk after dinner. There is an emphasis on healthy living and I share that. The real estate market is very high, which is understandable because of the location. However, this lends to the difficulty of remaining here because salaries are not relative to housing costs. Overall, my experience here has been so positive. I feel a strong sense of belonging and protection here. It's become "my family away from family."