San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo is located midway between San Jose and Los Angeles on the Central Coast.

Overview for San Luis Obispo, CA

47,257 people live in San Luis Obispo, where the median age is 26 and the average individual income is $39,464. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

47,257

Total Population

26 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$39,464

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for San Luis Obispo, CA

San Luis Obispo has 19,035 households, with an average household size of 2.41. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in San Luis Obispo do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 47,257 people call San Luis Obispo home. The population density is 3,551.91 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

47,257

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

26

Median Age

50.92 / 49.08%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
19,035

Total Households

2.41

Average Household Size

$39,464

Average individual Income

Households with Children

With Children:

Without Children:

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Blue vs White Collar Workers

Blue Collar:

White Collar:

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in San Luis Obispo, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby San Luis Obispo. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PUBLIC
4th - 6th
5/5
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
San Luis Obispo Christian School
PRIVATE
K - 6th
No rating available
Bishop's Peak Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
5/5
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
5/5
San Luis Obispo Christian School
PRIVATE
K - 6th
No rating available
Central Coast International School
PRIVATE
3rd - 6th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
PUBLIC
10th - 12th
3/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 6th
3/5
Montessori Childrens School
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Mission College Prep High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
San Luis Obispo Christian Academy
PRIVATE
K - 6th
No rating available
Old Mission Pre School Kindergarten
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 6th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 6th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 12th
No rating available

Around San Luis Obispo, CA

There's plenty to do around San Luis Obispo, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

65
Somewhat Walkable
Walking Score
65
Bikeable
Bike Score
31
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including SLO Cheesecake Company, SLO Coast Coffee, and Coastline Catering.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 1.2 miles 26 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 1.03 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.41 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.2 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.89 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 1.01 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
San Luis Obispo is located midway between San Jose and Los Angeles on the Central Coast. Founded in 1772 by Spanish Fr. Junipero Serra, San Luis Obispo is one of California’s oldest communities. The city, referred to locally as “SLO”, “SLOtown”, “S.L.O.” and “San Luis”, is the county seat of San Luis Obispo County and is adjacent to California Polytechnic State University. It has been referred to as “the happiest city in America” by Oprah Winfrey and the National Geographic book “Thrive” by Dan Buettner. The population was 45,119 at the 2010 census.

San Luis Obispo is an outdoor enthusiasts’ mecca. The coastline and foothills offer an incredibly diverse number of activities including surfing, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking, road cycling, rock climbing, boating, fishing, trail running and more – all within just a few minutes of downtown SLO.

San Luis Obispo is widely known for Farmers’ Market. Every Thursday night, Farmers’ Market is held on five downtown blocks of Higuera Street. The streets are closed to traffic, making for a great night of strolling downtown for fresh produce and local fare. Farmers’ Market is also a great time for tourists to check out Bubblegum Alley: a 15-foot high and 70-foot long alley lined with chewed gum left by passers-by. 

San Luis Obispo is a dynamic real estate market with home styles to suit everyone. SLO features California Bungalows, Victorians, Spanish, Craftsman, Modern, mixed-use projects and newer tract developments for families looking for the conveniences inherent in planned communities. There are also sprawling horse properties, wine estates and working ranches spread all over San Luis Obispo County.
 

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