Best Places to Live

San Luis Obispo, CA

Population: 46,337
LIV
SCORE
662
Courtesy of the the City of San Luis Obispo

Midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco lies San Luis Obispo, a city graced with stunning natural attractions and home to prestigious California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). A warm climate allows year-round activities like biking, hiking, kayaking, sailing and surfing, and residents also enjoy a robust network of parks and trails — it's no wonder SLO is known as the happiest place in America.

The city scores high in health care with three major medical facilities. An eye-pleasing downtown features a wide array of local restaurants and boutiques, and a number of technology-based companies help drive the strong economy in San Luis Obispo. While you might never want to leave this great city, San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport makes it easy to travel near and far, with nonstop commercial flights to LA, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver and Phoenix.

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San Luis Obispo, CA Ranking Data

Civic
71
Demographics
38
Economy
69
Education
86
Health
75
Housing
69
Infrastructure
54