Skip Navigation
Success Naturally


City of San Luis Obispo
Economic Development

SearchContact UsCity Home

City of San Luis Obispo (SLO) Demographic Profile

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



San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo






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



Institutions of Higher Learning:

Four-year State-Supported Colleges
and Universities


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

Two-year Colleges in Central Coast Area


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:
Average Two-bedroom Apartment Rent:
Source: City of San Luis Obispo Community Development Department, August 2012


Commercial and Industrial Statistics:


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.

Programs and Services | Community Profile | SLO Demographics
Business Locations | Business Resources | Moving Here | FAQs | Department Home

About the City | Visiting SLO | City Government | Employment
Bids & Proposals | FAQs | Press Room | How are we doing?

©2014 City of San Luis Obispo