San Luis Obispo

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

4
229/265
Details
Large apartment$2276.53
Medium apartment$1753.23
Rent index [score]0.42
Small apartment$1229.93

Cost of Living

4
224/250
Details
5km taxi ride$4.30
A Cappuccino$4.50
A beer$2.90
A kilogram of Apples$3.20
Bread$1.20
Inflation [score]0.38
Lunch$14.00
Monthly fitness club membership$56.00
Monthly public transport$40.00
Movie ticket$11.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$70.22

Startups

4
143/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups5
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.30
Coworking spaces [score]0.31
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co2
Meetups [score]0.12
Meetups groups8
Meetups members1631
Number of investors9
Number of startup events in the last 12 months114
Number of upcoming meetup events3
Startup climate scene [score]0.45
Startup events4
Startup events [score]0.23
Startups [score]0.52
Total number of startups20

Venture Capital

3
156/226
Details
Venture capital [score]0.29

Travel Connectivity

1
246/265
Details
Airport hub4
Airport hub [score]0.11
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.12

Commute

2
220/247
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.80

Business Freedom

9
67/263
Details
Business freedom84.70
Business freedom [score]0.86
Freedom from corruption74.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.79
Lack of labor restrictions91.40
Lack of labor restrictions [score]1.00
Time to open a business5.60
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

8
67/265
Details
Crime rate [score]1.00
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year8
Guns per 100 residents68
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.79
Lack of guns [score]0.68
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.73

Healthcare

9
44/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.99
Healthcare quality [score]0.92
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

4
164/239
Details
Country mean scores in PISA math test478.04
Country mean scores in PISA reading test497.58
Country mean scores in PISA science test497.41
PISA math ranking (high school)30
PISA ranking24
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.72
PISA reading (high school)16
PISA science (high school)19
Percent of happy students0.77
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.26
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.07

Environmental Quality

7
88/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.75
Cleanliness [score]0.90
Drinking water quality [score]0.51
Urban greenery [score]0.82

Economy

7
16/262
Details
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.87

Taxation

5
142/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.38
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175

Internet Access

4
192/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)28.60
Internet access (download) [score]0.56
Internet access (upload) [score]0.22
Upload speed (Mbps)4.81

Leisure & Culture

3
242/263
Details
Art galleries29
Art galleries [score]0.38
Cinemas8
Cinemas [score]0.29
Comedy clubs2
Comedy clubs [score]0.33
Concert venues24
Concerts [score]0.40
Historical sites8
Historical sites [score]0.43
Museums11
Museums [score]0.15
Performing art venues23
Performing arts [score]0.47
Sport venues4
Sports [score]0.28
Zoos3
Zoos [score]0.50

Tolerance

9
21/265
Details
LGBT Equality Index93.19
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.96
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✔ Banned
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.81

Outdoors

3
218/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.20
Median peak in meters422.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)73.00
Water access [score]0.43
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Costs of living

Costs of living in San Luis Obispo are in the most expensive 20 percent of all 250 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to San Luis Obispo will very likely increase your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$1,613$1,894
$1753
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Movie ticket$11
Monthly fitness club membership$56
Monthly public transport$40
Lunch$14
-17%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in San Luis Obispo are above average. For this job type, San Luis Obispo ranks 79th for salaries among 265 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in San Luis Obispo.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$56,905
Median salary
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  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Neighborly Spirit

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    Who lives here

    • Professionals
    • Singles
    • Families with kids
    • Retirees
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    People in San Luis Obispo

    Population of San Luis Obispo

    45,119
    287 /km²
    239/264
    Density (people per unit of area)
    3%
    Growth in 2015-2020
    San Luis Obispo

    Demographics of United States

    Median age
    38
    Elderly people
    15%
    Life expectancy at birth
    80
    GDP per capita (in USD)
    $54,597
    12/262
    Unemployment
    5%
    117/263

    Languages

    English proficiency score
    100
    1/228
    Common spoken languages
    English

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    Software Engineer
    28.57%
    UX Designer
    14.29%
    Customer Support
    14.29%
    Pharmacist
    14.29%
    Project Manager
    14.29%
    Other
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    Climate

    Average number of days per year without rain

    337

    Climate type

    Mediterranean

    Average daily maximum temperature

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    On living in San Luis Obispo

    San Luis Obispo is a city in San Luis Obispo County in the Central Coast region of California.

    About half way between Los Angeles (200 miles to the south) and San Francisco (230 miles to the north), nine small but impressive volcanic peaks march down a valley of the Santa Lucia range to the Pacific Ocean. Nestled around two of these peaks is San Luis Obispo ("SLO", "slow", or "San Luis" to locals), a small college town that also is one of California's oldest communities. San Luis and its neighboring communities boast extraordinary resources for hiking, mountain biking, sea kayaking, swimming and surfing; outstanding natural beauty; a carefully preserved and thriving 19th-century downtown centered around a meticulously restored 18th century mission; a small but thriving art gallery scene; and a large and growing collection of top-quality wineries.

    San Luis Obispo is bounded by the imposing line of Cuesta Ridge to the northeast, the Irish Hills to the southwest, dramatic Bishop Peak to the northwest and Islay Hill to the southeast. The town clusters around the feet of the 1000 foot Cerro San Luis, notably marked with a big white "M" (for Mission High School). Cal Poly sits hard against Cuesta Ridge (with its big white "P") and the downtown area runs from Cerro San Luis roughly toward campus around two parallel streets, Higuera and Monterey. Most restaurants, bars and shops are located on Higuera Street, nearer the Mission and Cerro San Luis; hotels are mostly located on Monterey Street, nearer the university but still within a mile of the central downtown. A few restaurants are located in the charming Railroad District, about 5 blocks east of Higuera via Santa Rosa Street, near the train station and youth hostel.

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