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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  12. Commute
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San Luis Obispo is a town in California with a population of 46,997. San Luis Obispo is in San Luis Obispo County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in San Luis Obispo offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In San Luis Obispo there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in San Luis Obispo and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in San Luis Obispo are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$590,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,403
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    62%
  • Own
    38%
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San Luis Obispo 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
    231.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    91.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    48
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    358.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,162.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    196.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    7%
  • 10-17 years
    5%
  • 18-24 years
    35%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    8%
  • 45-54 years
    9%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

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My experience here in San Luis Obispo has been wonderful. Everyone is super friendly, the weather is pretty much the same all year, and the farmer's market is easily the best in America. This town has so much to offer like a plethora of hiking and biking trails, the beach nearby, helicopter tours, and the very first Jamba Juice location! The one thing I would change about this town would be drive thru's. There are none! It would be nice to have a drive thru or an In-N-Out in the city limits. Other than that I have no other complaints about the town!
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San Luis Obispo is my home town where I was born and raised. It is the biggest little city on earth, yet is very easy to get from one side of town to the other. All the residents are friendly, and its known for its healthy living happy people. Great place to raise your kid, take it from me, I’ve lived here my whole life and still enjoy every part of it. For adult night time activity, downtown San Luis Obispo is a great place to go for a drink, dance, or even just a night out at the movie theatre with reclining seats! And not only is San Luis Obispo great as a city, but as a county as well. Head south on highway 101 to find yourself at the beach in minutes! Drive north on the 101 and you’ll see more of the country side of the county. Paso Robles is north SLO county and is very famous for its wide variety of winearies, and during the summer the California Mid State Fair.
San Luis Obispo (SLO) has been a lovely place to grow up that has provided with a balanced lifestyle. SLO has a perfect mix of nature and city. The ocean, mountains and vineyards surrounds the town with unlimited beauty. Such a peaceful place, the downtown is very cute and has lots of local shops which hopefully does not change. There is a University in the town which provides a lot of night life. The thing I would like to see change in San Luis Obispo are some of the public structures that look very dated and distract from the beauty of the town. The town has also been discovered by tourist, so hopefully SLO never becomes overrun with tourists.