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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B
Los Osos is a town in California with a population of 15,714. Los Osos is in San Luis Obispo County. Living in Los Osos offers residents a suburban rural mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Los Osos there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Los Osos and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Los Osos are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$461,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,427
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban Rural Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    33%
  • Own
    67%
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Los Osos 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
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    18%
  • 65+ years
    23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    38%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    14%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Los Osos

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$73,082
National
$55,322
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Imagine a tribe of grubby, little adventurers running barefooted through the streets, their parents at home cooking dinner, fully trusting their young children are safe. This is what my childhood looked like growing up in Los Osos. I spent every minute of daylight outside, whether it be spent in the hills, kayaking in the bay, running down the dunes in Montana de Oro, or simply running a muck in the charming, sidewalk-lacking streets of the quaint little town that I have called home for 20 years. Every hiking trail and dirt road has a glowing, wholesome childhood memory associated with it. I only hope that it has this same small town, family feeling when it comes time for me to raise my own children-- because there is no place I'd rather raise a family. The newest addition to the town is the drive-thru Starbucks, and I only hope the expansion stops there because I like my little town just the way it is!
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After living on the east coast for 55 years I landed in Los Osos six years ago and this place just blew me away. There is really no place like it. Since the Pacific Coast Highway veers around Los Osos, it gets bypassed by many tourists driving up and down the coast. This funky town is home to dozens of artists, musicians and a oceanfront state park that offers beach & backcountry horseback riding, hiking and a grand little beach nestled in a cove. Party with the locals at Sea Pines Golf Resort on Saturdays in the late spring to early fall. Check out the Farmers Market each Monday followed by the “Beer at the Pier” concert series at the Back Bay Cafe in Baywood Park. By the way, the Baywood Pier may have the best sunsets on the entire central coast.

I could go on but more information can be found at http://www.visitlosososbaywood.com
Los Osos is a small, quiet, town very good for families and older folks. While there isn't a large number of things to do, it has many resources and a small, close-knit community that makes anyone feel at home there. It also neighbors two bigger towns for whatever else you might need.