Population: 44,439

Male 51% Female 49%
Married 38%
Single 62%

City rating

This rating is a weighted average of commute time, crime rate, population, median salary, and more.


Overall value

This score adds annual household income and cost of living to the city rating.


Density (Population per mile²)

Compared to New York, San Luis Obispo has a low population density. San Luis Obispo is perfect for those who want to be in the city without constantly rubbing shoulders.

4,169 San Luis Obispo
27,441 New York

City Info

With a quality of life rating of 8/10 and an overall value of 6/10, there are many things to love about San Luis Obispo, CA, but there are also a few factors that may not be the best fit for everyone. Most homeowners will be happy in San Luis Obispo, but be sure to visit first to make sure it’s the best place for you.

Population density is a way of determining how crowded an area is. San Luis Obispo has a population density of 4,169, with 44,439 current residents.

Out of the 44,439 current residents, 51% are male and 49% are female. 38% of the residents are married and 62% are single.



Air quality

Average air quality


  • 79% Sun
  • 31% Rain
  • 0% Snow


56°F average temperature

  • 35 years Median home age
  • $478,960 Median home price
  • -8.09% Home appreciation rate
  • 7.63% Annual property tax
  • 40.9%
    Homes owned
  • 54.8%
    Homes rented
  • 4.3%
    Homes vacant


As for living in San Luis Obispo, the air quality is 63% and the weather, on average, is 79% sunny, 31% rainy, and 0% snowy. The average temperature is 56°F.

Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in San Luis Obispo, you should know that 40.9% of homes are owned while 54.8% of homes are rented, and 4.3% of homes are vacant. The median price of a home is $478,960, the median age of homes is 35 years, the annual home appreciation is -8.09% and the annual property tax is 7.63%.



Religious diversity

  • Crime rate (per 100,000)

  • Average age

  • Political majority

    Democrat Democrat


When looking at the community of San Luis Obispo, it’s important to determine the crime rate. San Luis Obispo’s crime rate is 6 total number of crimes reported per 100,000 total population. The average age of residents in San Luis Obispo is 30 years and the breakdown of political affiliations is 51.20% Democratic, 45.85% Republican, and 2.95% Independent.






Student teacher ratio 1:19


  • Management, Business, Art & Sciences
  • Sales & Office Occupations
  • Service Occupations
  • Production, Transportation & Material Moving
  • Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
  • 91%
    High school diploma
  • 10%
    Some college or associates degree
  • 26%
    Bachelors degree
  • 15%
    Graduate or professional degree


When looking at San Luis Obispo, it’s important to understand employment statistics. 10.00% of residents are unemployed in San Luis Obispo (which does not include the percentage of residents who are no longer in the labor force). Of the employed San Luis Obispo residents: 11.9% of employed residents work in the management and business field, 27.63% are in the arts and sciences field, 19.4% are in the customer service field, 28.4% are in the sales field, 0.85% work in farming, fishing, and forestry, 5.5% of employed residents work in the construction field, and 6.3% work in production. When it comes to education, the ratio of teachers to students is 1:19. The percentage of residents who have graduated high school is 91.32%, 10.31% of residents have an associate’s degree, 25.89% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 15.19% have a master’s degree.



Average commute time

Daily breakdown: by transport type

  • Public
  • Car
  • Carpool
  • Work at home


If you plan on commuting to work in San Luis Obispo, you should be aware that the average commute time is 17 minutes, compared to the national average commute time of 26 minutes. When it comes to commuting, residents of San Luis Obispo have a few different options. 70% of commuters use their own cars, 10% of commuters carpool, 3% of commuters use the transit system, and 5% of residents work from home.

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