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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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San Luis Obispo County is located in California with a population of 280,119. San Luis Obispo County is one of the best places to live in California. In San Luis Obispo County, most residents own their homes. In San Luis Obispo County there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many young professionals live in San Luis Obispo County and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in San Luis Obispo County are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$499,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,326
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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San Luis Obispo County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    195.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    43.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    41.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    378.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,140.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    179.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    16%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

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San Luis Obispo County Reviews

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I've lived in San Luis Obispo for 10 years. I love this small and charming town. The atmosphere is positive and truly friendly; the people are happy and committed to being healthy. Fresh produce is everywhere, and you can find a fun two-for-one deal just about any day of the week at the local eateries and bars. However, although reserved, this town lacks diversity through politics and ethnic backgrounds. It is near impossible to live decently as a student, or without already have achieved a bachelor's degree, and buying a house in this area is out of the question. I hope we see some changes in there areas in the future. Until then, I am committed and charmed by this town!
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San Luis Obispo is one of happiest places on earth. It is a very small town which everyone knows each other. It has a friendly, nice, and beautiful environment. One thing I love about SlO is that it is quite and a safe place for my family and I. I've been living in here for more than 5 years and I love how it is easy to get from one to place to another place real quick. There is no traffic at all which I like a lot. Also, the beach is 20 minutes away so you can go whenever you want with your family. By the way the beach is beautiful and has the pretties sunsets. There are a lot of mountains or hills you can go hiking around SLO. It has a great downtown with lots of shopping stores and amazing ice cream places you can go with your family. It also has a cool gum alley which people put there chewed gum on the wall and it lasts. One thing I would change about slo are put less bars and have more things for children. There really isn't that much fun that teens could do around here.
I have lived in San Luis for almost 8 years now. I am a transplant from Oregon that moved here when I was 19 and have seen the city grow in many ways. San Luis is such a unique town and has upheld its "happiest city in America" title for so long now... It truly is such a small town community where everyone knows each other. Adding dynamics of a large University into the mix proofs not only interesting but also adding excitement to thing like night life but also the ever changing community with new and old students alike. I think things "SLO" can work on would be its lack of affordable housing for most (students and non students) as well as branching out away from the downtown area for business. Overall it is truly an amazing place to live and grow at any age!