Funny place where the residents all think the local ag state school is some sort of ivy league. It is really funny since pretty much nobody outside of SLO (common shortening of San Luis Obisp, pronounced "slow") have ever heard of the place. The school offers degrees in welding, and has a meat packing plant on-campus-- it is more a trade school than a typical university.
If you like cold windy summers where you need to wear a jacket or at least a sweatshirt at noon most summer days, then the weather is great. If you don't like living in a refrigerator, the weather sucks. The beaches have an arctic current that touches down on the coast here, so the water is always freezing-- you will need a full suit with hood and booties to be comfortable even in the summer.
Local scene. none.
Demographics, 99.99999% white with a large percentage of rednecks (remember ag school). Most singles are 19-22 or 60+. Most everyone in between is married.
Largest employers, the nuke plant, the prison, the schools, and other government employees. Not much besides very small companies and retail outside of those big three.
A very strange place, but it has been reported that folks here are unusually happy. I guess they don't share what they are smoking until you have been living here for a while.
Guy #2 - Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Guy #1 - Awesome!
In the end, you get a small-town that has a high population of snobs, lacking diversity and that is conservative in many respects. Also, full of people who haven't heard of Yosemite, or who have, but don't really know where it is and have never been there. They think, what place could be better than San Luis Obispo?
About the weather, its not perfect. The sunny, clear weather people talk about only occurs for a few hours around lunch. Past 3-o'clock, you'll have a cold wind blowing in your face at 18mph, almost all year. Evenings, everyone's inside because its cold and windy. Even in the summer you only get a handful of nice evenings. There are no seasons, the weather is the same year-round, which is boring.
resident "Oh, I've lived here for many years, at least 40, grew up here and raised my kids here."
H.S. "Oh really, so where are your kids off to?"
"Oh, they're actually still here as well. You know, once your here, you realize its not worth living anywhere else."
97% of people here say this on a daily basis.
Chad: how was it homie?
Bo'Vice: it was chill dog, we played beer pong til my 59-50 hat got beer on it. Then went through the 5 blocks of downtown. Finally drove for 4 hours going 55mph on the 101 home. it was tight brosef!