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San Luis Obispo County


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The Cities and communities of San Luis Obispo County, California

City of Arroyo Grande, City of Atascadero, Avila Beach

Blacklake, Baywood Park

California Valley, Callender, Cambria, Cayucos, Cholame, Creston

Edna, Estrella

Garden Farms, City of Grover Beach

Halcyon, Harmony

Lake Nacimiento, Los Berros, Los Osos , Los Ranchos

City of Morro Bay


Oak Shores, Oceano

City of Paso Robles, , City of Pismo Beach,, Pozo

San Luis Obispo, City of (county seat), San Miguel, San Simeon, Santa Margarita, Shandon, Simmler


Whitley Gardens, Woodlands

*This list of cities may not be complete. The list may contain towns, cities, villages, boroughs, neighborhoods, townships, ghost towns and other populated places.

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San Luis Obispo County website

County Government Center
1055 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Phone: 805-781-5000
Toll-free: 800-834-4636

The county seat is San Luis Obispo

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2009 - 266,971
2010 - 269,637

Population Density:
2010 - 75 persons per square mile

Median age:
2010 - 37 years

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San Luis Obispo County is located in the Central Coast of California, along the Pacific Ocean.

The county is located in the Pacific Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

Neighboring counties are:
North: Monterey County
Northeast: Kings County
East: Kern County
South: Santa Barbara County
West: The Pacific Ocean

San Luis Obispo County Map Center

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A National Weather Service page for San Luis Obispo County.
A weather page for the county

The county has a mild, Mediterranean type climate with an average of 315 days of sunshine each year. The winters are geneally cool and sunny with temperatures averaging between 64 and 31 degrees F. Summer temperatures range between 94 and 54 degrees F. with mostly sunny days. Fall and Spring tend to be very nice with cool evenings and warm days.

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Other Facts and Figures:

Number of Housing Units:
2010 - 102,275

Median Household Income:
2010 - $42,428

Per capita Income:
2010 - $21,864

Median House value
2000 - $218,600
2009 - $460,300

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The county was incorporated on 18 February 1850

The Chumash were the early inhabitants of this area, particularly in the coastal areas. The first Spanish Mission built here was Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa on 1 September 1772. A second mission in the county was built later, San Miguel Archangel. The county, itself, was created in 1850 as one of the original California Counties when the state of California was created.

The Cal Poly campus of the California State University system is located in the county bringing jobs and students every year.

This page has a short history of the county as well as other information

Trail to the Past page for San Luis Obispo County
History page for the county and the Central Coast

History Center of San Luis Obispo County
696 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, Ca 93401
Phone: 805-543-0638

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Total land area: 3,304.32 square miles
Total water area: 311.22 square miles
Total area: 3,615.54 square miles

San Luis Obispo County is the 16th largest county in the state.

The county has 80 miles of coastline on the Pacific Ocean.

Highest Point: Caliente Mountain at 5,104 feet above sea level
Lowest Point: Sea Level.

A notable geographic feature in the county are the Nine Sisters. They are old volcanic peaks spread out between Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. The most famous of these is Morro Rock. It is often referred to as the Gibraltar of the Pacific. It is also a Peregrine Falcon Natural Preserve.

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San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society
US GenWeb page for San Luis Obispo County
National Register of HIstoric Places in San Luis Obispo County

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San Luis Obispo County Library
995 Palm Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: 805-781-5991

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San Luis Obispo County Office of Education
3350 Education Drive
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Phone: (805) 543-7732

Cuesta Community College
Highway 1
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403
Phone: 805-546-3100

California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Phone: 805-756-1111

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San Luis Obispo County's economy is known as a mostly service type economy. 75% of the economic base is Services and Retail combined. The state university located here is a major supplier of jobs. Tourist attractions bring people here all during the year. The county is the third largest producer of wine in the state.

San Luis Obispo County Economic Profile

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Organizations & Groups

San Luis Obispo Visitors and Conference Bureau
811 El Capitan Way, #200
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center
1039 Chorro Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: 805-781-2777

Tri-Counties Better Business Bureau
Serving Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties
P. O. Box 129
Santa Barbara CA 93102
Phone: (805) 963-8657
Fax: (805) 962-8557

South County Historical Society
P.O. Box 633
Arroyo Grande, California 93421
Phone: 805-489-8282

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Attractions & Other Information

California Mid-state Fair held each July

SLO County Parks Website

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport

Hearst Castle
Mailing address:
750 Hearst Castle Road
San Simeon, CA 93452

Scenic Highway 1 runs through the county with some areas that have awe inspiring views and vistas.

Two of the California Missions are located in the county - Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and Mission San Miguel Archangel.

California Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum

Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area is a state park with 1500 acres of coastal sand dune. People come from all over the country to visit as vehicles may be driven on the beach here. Camping, swimming, fishing, hiking are among the many activities in the area.

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