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Living In San Luis Obispo, CA

The town of San Luis Obispo, California is home to just over 47,000 residents. Young adults (15-24) make up a larger portion of the population here (38%) than nationally (14%), meaning they will find no shortage of opportunities, while middle-aged professionals are less well-represented. With an average age of just under 35, the city's residents are younger than most cities in California. Most San Luis Obispo residents rent, and 38% of residents own their homes. The average rent of $1,448/month is roughly equal to the state average.

Averaging about 17 minutes, San Luis Obispo's commute time outperforms the state average of about 32 minutes. Driving a car or truck is the prevailing means of commuting to work, chosen by 37% of workers, while public transportation isn't widely used. Riding a bike is the second-most common way to get to work, chosen by 4% of commuters. Walking (4%) isn't a common method of commuting to work, though the number does exceed the national average.

Compared to the national average (7%), San Luis Obispo has a relatively large number of residents older than 25 who have advanced degrees, as 9% possess a Master's or a Doctorate. Further, 15% have earned a Bachelor's degree. San Luis Obispo residents have a plethora of industries from which to choose. The four most common are entertainment, education, retail, and healthcare. Together, these industries account for 30% of the labor force in the city. Meanwhile, looking at job function, 6% of residents work in management, making it the top career path in the city. With an average annual income of about $69K, San Luis Obispo workers take home around $17,000 less than their peers elsewhere in the state. The city's average income also falls below the national average of $73,345.

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