21 reviews
  1. Town in California
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Real Estate
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  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
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    38
    41
  • Robbery
    51
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    406
    525
  • Theft
    1,102
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    113
    263

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%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools

Atascadero Reviews

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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.
Atascadero is becoming more of a bedroom community to the happiest city in America. With an easy and beautiful commute on "the Grade" people who chose to live in the much more affordable town of Atascadero can be in SLO in just minutes, to the beach in 30 minutes and to wine country in 20 minutes. These drive times are important because the town offers little else than affordable living, thrift stores, and outdated strip mall.
Beautiful landscape, more affordable than San Luis Obispo, convenient drive-thrus and grocery stores/gas stations. Many playgrounds and parks.