San Luis Obispo, CA

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Living in San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 47,063 people and 15 constituent neighborhoods, San Luis Obispo is the 197th largest community in California.

Housing costs in San Luis Obispo are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.

San Luis Obispo is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.44% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, San Luis Obispo is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in San Luis Obispo who work in food service (11.54%), sales jobs (10.55%), and office and administrative support (9.77%).

Also of interest is that San Luis Obispo has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.69% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

San Luis Obispo is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in San Luis Obispo have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. San Luis Obispo’s economy is one such example of this.

San Luis Obispo, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 16.50 minutes getting to work every day.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to San Luis Obispo, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. San Luis Obispo is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 50.05% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in San Luis Obispo in 2018 was $36,232, which is middle income relative to California, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $144,928 for a family of four. However, San Luis Obispo contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

San Luis Obispo is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call San Luis Obispo home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of San Luis Obispo residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. San Luis Obispo also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 18.81% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in San Luis Obispo include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in San Luis Obispo is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.