Located just eight miles from the Pacific Ocean, midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles is San Luis Obispo, is one of California’s oldest communities. With its unique natural beauty and delightful downtown, San Luis Obispo is a great place to live, work and visit and is a regular on lists of top ten best places to live. It is certainly one of America's most beautiful, most livable small cities, and its residents guard its quality of life with pride. It is the A major pull for both tourists and residents alike, is San Luis Obispo's beautiful downtown area. In the heart of downtown is Mission Plaza, a quaint, creek side restored mission, that is still an active parish today. The plaza is complemented by a bustling downtown offering great shopping, dining, night life, and its famous Thursday Night Farmers´ Market, where you can buy locally grown fresh produce and enjoy an outdoor BBQ. This unique blend of history, culture, commerce and entertainment make San Luis Obispo’s downtown one of the most attractive, interesting and economically vibrant downtowns in America.
San Luis Obispo is a university town, home to Cal Poly University with its enrollment of nearly 18,000 in undergraduate and graduate schools. Cuesta Community College is nearby on the California Highway 1 between SLO and Morro Bay. This youth brings energy and a market for entertainment and restaurants to San Luis Obispo, helping to support cultural and commercial resources that are beyond most cities of this size. "Experience the SLO life" is how residents entice guests with our incredible quality of life. The SLO lifestyle is infectious, and even short term visitors adopt it. You will find a smile on the face of the person who checks you out at the grocery store and a willingness to engage in conversation. You will be welcome.
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Population (2003): 42,497
County seat of San Luis Obispo County.
Founded: Father Junipero Serra established the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in 1772