A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$455,500
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,129
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    33%
  • Own
    67%

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
    149
    0
  • Murder
    0
    0
  • Rape
    11
    41
  • Robbery
    33
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    459
    1
  • Theft
    1,655
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    199
    0

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$62,032
National
$53,889
Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    38%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%
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Arroyo Grande Reviews

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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."
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Arroyo Grande, California, is the town where I grew up. It consists of a series of neighborhoods and agricultural fields circling one main tourist street. The city is a 5 minute drive to the beach, a 20 minute drive to a lake, and about a 30 minute drive to several good hiking spots around different mountains.
This town is family friendly in the extreme, and the biggest indicator of that would be the farmers' market and multiple fun runs that seem to happen once a month. There are also parks and playgrounds, with tennis courts and football/baseball fields open to the public. The main street also boasts a swinging rope bridge spanning a creek inhabited by a family of wild chickens, and this is the usual start of all fun runs, as well as being an interesting place to walk around after a meal.
I've lived in (and grew up in) Arroyo Grande, CA for 27 years. It has slowly changed over the years, but it has never lost it's small-town feel. We've recently gained a "Five Guys" burger joint, a "Chipotle," and when Walmart opened about a decade ago, small mom-and-pop stores remained open because this town is made up of residents who value local business.