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

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
    310
    0
  • Murder
    0
    0
  • Rape
    72
    41
  • Robbery
    28
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    520
    1
  • Theft
    3,186
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    208
    0

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%

San Luis Obispo Reviews

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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 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.
San Luis Obispo is one of the best places you can ever imagine! Although it can get pretty expensive to live its by far worth it! The Community college I attended "Cuesta College" is a great school with a staff that wants to help you further your education. The city itself has so much to offer with so many hikes around and it's downtown has plenty of restaurants and stores for you to explore. It's about a 10-15min drive to the beach ( Pismo beach, Shell beach, and Avila beach). The weather is always beautiful and consistent its always around the low 70's to the high 80's fahrenheit. Cal poly is also located in San Luis Obispo and it's known to be one of the top California State Colleges around. If i could do it all over again i would definitely live here without a question!