B+
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
    B+
  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
$383,800
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,166
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%

Atascadero 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
    218
    0
  • Murder
    0
    0
  • Rape
    38
    41
  • Robbery
    51
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    406
    1
  • Theft
    1,102
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    113
    0

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$66,607
National
$53,889
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    41%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%
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Atascadero Reviews

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Atascadero is a great small town close to the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The small downtown area near the historical rotunda government building is very beautiful and has everything one could want -- dining, theatres, shopping, etc. I also love the fact that it is in the heart of wine country. There are over 200 wineries in the area offering wine tasting, free or low -cost musical entertainment, and artwork. The vineyards are beautiful in autumn, as well as the rolling hills interspersed with ancient oak trees. It is within 20 minutes to amazing beaches, 45 minutes to Hearst Castle, and 60 minutes to Ragged Point along the coastal highway 1. You can be in the heart of Big Sur in under 2 hours. This wonderful area has everything one could want.
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The town Is great if your retired, due to high cost of housing and little to no job opportunities. I have lived here for over 20 years and going to school is the only way to succeed. When I finish school I plan on staying here to raise a family, the schools, safety, family fun and friendliness of the town is great, the negatives like I stated above are little job offers, high cost of housing, since it is a town there is little to no night life. The entire town is asleep but 9:00pm but this also makes the town a very safe place to live and retire.
I was raised in Atascadero and I have lived here for most of my life. I think it is a peaceful and generally safe place to live. There is no major crime, as far as I can tell. Once my family's car was left running in the movie theater parking lot and it wasn't stolen. The town is clean and fairly safe to walk around. The air is fresh. Also, there are several high-quality restaurants.

However, the school system has something to be desired. The administration is difficult to deal with and funding is a major issue for many school organizations.