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San Luis Obispo Community Overview

Surrounded by majestic mountains just 10 minutes from the Pacific Ocean, San Luis Obispo is located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California’s Central Coast. The City boasts a beautiful landscape and mild climate with an average annual temperature of 70.2 degrees.

With the charm of a small town, clean air, low crime rates, excellent schools, and no major traffic problems, San Luis Obispo is an inviting city that promotes a healthy lifestyle. San Luis Obispo was the first municipality in the world to implement a non-smoking statute in all public buildings, including restaurants and bars. San Luis Obispo’s air quality is at or below the California standard for acceptable ozone levels every day of the year.

Because of the City’s proximity to mountains and beaches, residents of San Luis Obispo can find many ways to enjoy the outdoors: walking, running, tennis, golf, surfing, horseback riding, hiking, cycling, and even birding. 

San Luis Obispo’s history centers around Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, founded in 1772 and located downtown in Mission Plaza Park. Every Thursday night, the main streets of downtown are filled with pedestrians, produce, flowers, barbecues, and entertainers for our famous Farmers' Market. During the rest of the week, the City’s unique shops, restaurants, theaters, bookstores, and coffeehouses provide the opportunity for shopping, entertainment, dining, and nighttime activities.

For visitor information, click here for San Luis Obispo Vacations.

San Luis Obispo is home to California Polytechnic State University. Cal Poly is recognized internationally for its excellence in preparing undergraduates for careers in applied technical and professional fields. Cal Poly graduates are highly sought after to fill architecture, agriculture, business, computer science and engineering positions.

San Luis Obispo is a city where success is defined beyond conventional terms. There is a unique balance of small town friendliness, a concern for the environment, and a willingness to work with business to ensure a diverse and stable economy. 

Click here for an overview of the workforce situation in the area.