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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  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-
Pismo Beach is a town in California with a population of 8,060. Pismo Beach is in San Luis Obispo County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Pismo Beach offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Pismo Beach there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Pismo Beach and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Pismo Beach are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$660,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,555
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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Pismo Beach 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
    288.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    36
    40.7
  • Robbery
    36
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,549.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,544.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    180.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    6%
  • 10-17 years
    4%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    18%
  • 65+ years
    29%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    21%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Pismo Beach

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$77,316
National
$55,322
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Pismo Beach Reviews

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The beach, people, casual atmosphere, fresh air and great commute with a beautiful view! What's not to love? Tourist season. Not because of tourists, who do leave quite a mess, but the traffic they cause along with the greedy and poor City planning for parking makes getting around a little hectic and creates longer waits at restaurants. I really can't complain. We do lack great restaurants! However, we make up for it in beauty and close proximity to amazing wineries a sense of calming.
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I love the beach area, the environment and the friendliness of everyone. The schools are great and the people are so nice. It is very safe, and the food is delicious. Downtown is cute and a good way to explore a small town in California. There are many things to do here!
Pismo Beach is a beautiful town that runs on the input of the pit stops of travelers that come through on their way to LA, however this beach is very unique, because it has a brand new pier that just opened up this year, the weather is always perfect, and the people that work/live there are super friendly and will help you with directions. This place has a diversity of foreigners, as well as locals. This spot is a great place to surf, boggie board, or just walk along the beach that is connected to Grover Beach and Oceano. There are man places to explore, they have cute little shops and great restaurants to eat at, like the famous Splash Cafe and Cool Cat Cafe. Overall, generally people stay here for a weekend, but the people that stay longer are usually come back to live in the area.