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City of San Luis Obispo (SLO) Demographic Profile
2011-12

small mapWhere is San Luis Obispo?
San Luis Obispo is located  halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Central Coast of California. The City is 10.5 square miles in area and at an elevation of 315 feet.

Major State Highways:
U.S. 101 links San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles and San Jose. Highway 1 follows the California coastline. San Luis Obispo is 80 miles from Interstate 5. State highways 41, 46, 58 and 166 provide access to central and eastern California.

Air Service:
San Luis Obispo Airport is located at the southern end of town. Airlines servicing the area include United Express operated by Skywest and U.S. Airways.

Rail Service:
The Amtrak station is located at Railroad Square, minutes from downtown SLO. The City lies along the West Coast Amtrak route. 

California Income Taxes:

City Sales and Use Tax: 7.75%
Property Tax Rate: 1.1% of taxable value
Corporate Income Tax: 8.84%


Source: State of California Franchise Tax Board

City Tax Information:

Sales Tax Newsletters

Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Reports

Median Household Income:

San Luis Obispo County San Luis Obispo City
$56,967 $42,461

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Three-Year Estimates, 2008-2010

Population:

Census
 

San Luis Obispo
City

San Luis Obispo
County

California
 

2010

45,119

269,637

37,253,956

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

City Public Schools:

Elementary Schools 5
Middle Schools 1
High Schools 1

In addition, there is a parent participation pre-school, a Two Way Immersion elementary school, an elementary school for students with advanced skills, a charter elementary school, a continuation high school, and an adult school. There are also 10 private and parochial schools in the County.

Student-to-teacher ratio

Grades 1-3 19 to 1
Grades 4-6 29 to 1
Grades 7-12 31 to 1
 
San Luis Coastal Unified School District

Public School Student Enrollment

4,712

 

Institutions of Higher Learning:

Four-year State-Supported Colleges
and Universities

Enrollment:

California Polytechnic State University,
San Luis Obispo
18,762 (Fall 2011)

Two-year Colleges in Central Coast Area

Enrollment:

Cuesta Community College (San Luis Obispo) 11,969 (Spring 2011)
Allan Hancock College (Santa Maria) 10,211 (Fall 2011)

Source: Institution websites
 

Housing Statistics:

 
Total Residential Units: 20,671
Median Single Family Home Selling Price:
$485,000
Average Two-bedroom Apartment Rent:
$1,319
Source: City of San Luis Obispo Community Development Department, August 2012

 

 
Commercial and Industrial Statistics:

Retail

Shopping Center Rates

Office Rates

Industrial Rates
 

Utility Rates:

Water and Sewer  
For private utilities such as electric, gas, phone, cable, etc., please contact your local service provider.

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