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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. 

Mission PlazaSan 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.

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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. 

Cultural ActivityPerforming Arts Center
San Luis Obispo is home to a world-class Performing Arts Center, the San Luis Obispo Symphony, ARTS Obispo, and the Little Theater.  Annually, it hosts the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival and Festival Mozaic, a 10-day concert series presenting five centuries of music on the Central Coast.  Together with the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art's Plen Air Festival, they attract exceptional talent to San Luis Obispo each year.

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San Luis Obispo County is home to five state parks as well as the Los Padres National Forest.

The City of San Luis Obispo offers 21 parks totaling 440 acres. Facilities include tennis courts, playgrounds, athletic fields, gymnasiums, a fish and small boat lake, and a 50-meter aquatic center. The City operates Laguna Lake Golf Course, and five regulation-length courses are located within 15 minutes of San Luis Obispo.

A full-service Parks and Recreation Department, a YMCA, and nine youth sports organizations serve the City of San Luis Obispo.

The City’s Natural Resources Protection Program is hard at work, preserving important scenic and natural areas.  Two thousand acres of land have already been conserved.

City Government
San Luis Obispo is a full-service city, organized under the council/city manager form of government.

Public Safety
San Luis Obispo County ranks as one of the safest communities in the state, according to the California Crime Index. The 92-person City Police Department (including 64 sworn officers) helps maintain a high quality of life and sound business environment.

Students receive drug awareness and safety presentations in their classrooms. In addition, City-sponsored programs – such as Neighborhood Services, youth and adult sports, licensed childcare, prevention and intervention youth programs, classes and special events – are available year round.

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