A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A-
  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
$546,200
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,284
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    63%
  • Own
    37%

San Luis Obispo 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
    310
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    72
    41
  • Robbery
    28
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    520
    525
  • Theft
    3,186
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    208
    263

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$46,058
National
$53,889
Children
10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%
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San Luis Obispo is tucked away from the busy city life. Nestled among several scenic hikeable mountains, SLO (as the locals call it) is health friendly. You'll find many using the dedicated bike lanes for transportation to school, work, on the mountains or you can join in on Bike Night--first Thursday of every month! If biking is not your thing, there's hiking, yoga, and a spin studio. SLO also has a foodie worthy list of restaurants, a wine lovers plethora of wineries and tasting rooms, and tons of family oriented events and museums. San Luis Obispo above all is just plain friendly. The air is clean, the weather is darn near perfect, and you can find plenty of unique quirks that will want you to visit again! Just visit SLO and see what I'm talking about!
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I have mixed feelings about SLO. The weather is pretty nice here -- you really get true summers and winters. As for the town, I would say as a college student, there isn't much to do. Farmers Market on Thursday nights are the most hype it gets. There is no mall -- downtown is where most of the "shopping" is, as well as a few other plazas around town. One good thing about SLO is that it is only 15 minutes away from the beach! Avila, Pismo, and Shell beaches are all extremely nice. (Shell Beach is my favorite for sunsets!)
SLO's diversity is also at a minimum. Mostly Caucasians... and that is the same for Cal Poly SLO. Very nice place to relax and retire. Other than that, a pretty boring place to live in your mid adult life.
I moved from Missouri to San Luis Obispo a little over 3 years ago - the best decision I have made in my life! I fell in love with this adorable, little town snuggled between beautiful mountains and hills that look as if you have teleported to Ireland. The beach is conveniently 15 minutes away! Downtown San Luis Obispo has a strip of locally owned restaurants, breweries, and boutiques. My favorite place is a couple blocks from downtown called Libertine, which specializes in sour beers.