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What We Do

San Luis Obispo is a Full-Service City providing, public services including police, fire, water, wastewater, parks and recreation, street maintenance, planning and building, public transit and other essential services.

Our mission is people serving people, quality in all endeavors, pride in results, and into the future with a design.

Citizen Satisfaction
91% of Community Members in San Luis Obispo Rate the City an Excellent Place to Live
Citizens Prioritize: Infrastructure Project that Maintain Streets and Preserve Open Space and City Services that Address Homelessness and Keep Public Areas Safe and Clean.

Who Makes Up San Luis Obispo?
46,548 Community Members in 13.2 square miles  

City Council    City Staff (399 Full Time Employees In)  Community Partners
One Mayor Elected every 2 years  Administration & It  Cal Poly Performing Arts Center (PAC)
Four City Council Members Elected every 4 years  Attorney's Office  Downtown SLO
   Community Development  City-County Library 
   Finance  Railroad Museum
   Fire  San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre
   Human Resources  Children's Museum
   Parks and Recreation  History Center of San Luis Obispo
   Police  San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce
   Public Works  San Luis Obispo Museum of Art
   Utilities   San Luis Obispo City Farm 
     Hot House
     SLO Solutions

 And all other grant funded community partners

Economic Information 

Top 3 Projected Revenue Sources:                                               Largest Private Employers

1. $26 Million Sales and Use Tax                                                  1. PG & E                                                                    2. $18 Million Property Tax                                                            2. Tenet Healthcare                                                      3. 14.5 Million Fees & Service                                                       3. Compass Health Inc.

   SLO  Avg. CA Cities
 Sales Tax  7.75%  8.56%
 Unemployment  2.4%  4.2%

Who All Live In A City With 


 Total Housing Units  Properties   Median Home Price Median Household Income

 68% Owned


32% Rented

 $669,200  $64,014


 Streets Bikes   Public Transit Parking 
134 Miles of Paved Streets  41.2 Miles of Bike Lanes  981,995 SLO Transit Ridership (2019)

 3 Downtown Parking Structures

w/ 1,177 Parking Spots and

19 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

 197 Miles of Roadways  6-8% Bike Ridership  SLO Transit Ridership is up 4% from 2018  2,871 Public Parking Spaces

Parks and Recreation

 28 Parks  55 Miles of Trails 3,775 Acres of Open Space  20,000 Trees in the Urban Forrest   97,701 People in Annual Aquatic Attendance

 Public Safety

   Police  Fire
 Sworn Officers 61.5  47 
 Calls for Service   33,106 5,856 

2019-2021 Major City Goals 

Facilitate the production of housing with an update of the Housing Element, including an emphasis on affordable housing (including un-housed people) and workforce housing through the lens of climate action and regionalism.

Fiscal Sustainability & Responsibility
Continue to implement the City’s Fiscal Responsibility Philosophy with a focus on efficiencies, strategic economic development, unfunded liabilities, and infrastructure financing (Funding the Future)

Climate Action
In response to the climate crisis, continue to update and implement the Climate Action Plan for carbon neutrality, including preservation and enhancement of our open space and urban forest and planning for resilience

Sustainable Transportation
Enhance accessible regional transit, bicycle, and pedestrian mobility to promote a transition to a car-free or shared-car lifestyle and to reduce greenhouse gases.

Downtown Vitality
Support the economic and cultural heart of the City with attention to safety, maintenance, infrastructure, and amenities  



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U.S. Census Bureau Estimates, July 1, 2017


County 283,405
San Luis Obispo City 46,377

Age Distribution

SLO County CA
Under 5 5% 6.8%
5 to 9 4.8% 6.7%
10 to 14 5.5% 6.9%
15 to 19 8.2% 7.5%
20 to 24 10.4% 7.5%
25 to 34 17% 14.3%
35 to 44 10.9% 13.9%
45 to 54 14.5% 14%
55 to 59 7.3% 5.9%
60 to 64 6.4% 4.9%
65 to 74 8% 6.2%
75 to 84 4.9% 3.7%
84 + 2.5% 1.6%


Median Age = 39

Educational Attainment

Highest level SLO County CA
High school graduate 21.2% 20.7%
Some college, no degree 27.1% 22.2%
Associate’s degree 9.7% 7.7%
Bachelor’s degree 19.6% 19.4%
Graduate or prof. degree 12% 11.1%



SLO County CA
White 71.4% 40.1%
Black or African American 2% 5.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.5% 0.4%
Asian 3.3% 13%
Native Hawaiian or
other Pacific Islander
0.1% 0.4%
Some other race 0.2% 0.2%
Hispanic or Latino 20.8% 37.6%
Two or more races
2.1% 2.5%


Household Income

SLO County CA
Median 59,628 61,400
Mean 77,559 85,265

Median 75,410 69,883
Mean 91,814 94,829

Non-family Households
Median 34,895 40,843
50,091 59,392


Avg. household size: 2.49
Avg. Family size: 2.93

 Fair Market rent (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)

1 bedroom apt $ 941
2 bedroom apt. $1,215
3 bedroom apt.
4 bedroom home


Single family home median price: $597,200

Unemployment rate 3.1%

County to County Commuting patterns

Residence Workplace No. of Workers
SLO County SLO County 96,754
SLO County SB County 7,480
SB County
SLO County 5,045
SLO County
Monterey County 797
SLO County
LA County 726

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