Living in Atascadero

What is it about Atascadero that makes people want to live here?  Maybe it’s the fact Atascadero is ideally situated in the heart of the Central Coast, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Highway 101 bisects Atascadero with 9 off ramps providing access to the city. Scenic Highway 41 meanders through Atascadero, west to the Pacific Ocean and east through vineyards and beautiful horse and cattle ranches to the Sierra Mountains.

In less than 30 minutes you can be having lunch on the waterfront in Morro Bay or visiting the world famous Hearst Castle. If you enjoy wine tasting, Atascadero is surrounded by over two hundred world class wineries. If it’s kayaking, swimming, water skiing, or fishing there’s three beautiful stream fed lakes in the area. 

Atascadero’s unique lifestyle and rural atmosphere offers a vast array of single family homes from new construction to the beautiful historical dwellings with the charm of another time. Rentals are abundant throughout the area, and your choice of homes near the city center to small ranchettes a little further out, Atascadero offers something for every taste and pocketbook.


City Facts & Figures

Retail sales tax:  7.25% 

Location

Atascadero was founded as California’s first planned community in 1913 and incorporated in 1979. It is located 18 miles inland from the Pacific Coast midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on Highway 101. The elevation at City Hall is 850 feet.

Population Demographics

Economic Growth and Trends

Population in the County - 269,637
Population in City Limits - 28,310
Total Taxable Retail Sales in Millions, County - 2,974.9
Total Taxable Retail Sales in Millions, City - 328.5
Total Number of Dwellings, City - 10,228
Total School Enrollment, Atascadero Unified School District - 5,036

Gender & Age

Male - 51.5%
Female - 48.5%
Median Age (years) -  38.2

Race

Caucasian  - 24,457
Black/African American - 585
Hispanic or Latino - 3,429
American Indian - 295
Asian - 685
Other - 2,231
(Total can be greater than 100% because other could be counted in other races)

Housing Tenure

Average Household Size - 2.62
Housing Units within the City - 11,505
(Occupied) - 10,737
(Vacant) - 768


Climate

Prevailing Winds

Direction - Northwest
Mean Hourly Speed - 15 m.p.h.

Average Temperature

89 year average

 

Avg. Temp.

   

Rain

Humidity

Period Min F° Mean F° Max F° Inches Mean F°
Jan - Mar 32.9 47.1 61.2 10.12 74.0
Apr - Jun 39.3 56.3 73.3 1.65 61.2
Jul - Sept 50.1 72.0 93.9 0.25 53.2
Oct - Dec 41.2 61.6 82.0 5.30 67.1
Year 40.9 59.1 77.2 17.21 63.9


Rainfall

87 year average

Period Min Mean Max Rain Humidity
Jan - Mar 32.9 47.1 61.2 10.12 74.0
Apr - Jun 39.3 56.3 73.3 1.65 61.2
Jul - Sept 50.1 72.0 93.9 0.25 53.2
Oct - Dec 41.2 61.6 82.0 5.30 67.1
Yearly 40.9 59.1 77.2 17.21 63.9

Top 10 Employers In Atascadero & Surrounding Area

Atascadero State Hospital  

2,100 employees


Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

1,723 employees
406 Higuera St.
San Luis Obispo, Ca 93406
(805) 546-5290


Twin Cities Community Hospital

1,250 employees


Atascadero Unified School Dist.

604 employees


Albertsons (Atascadero)

200 employees


Vons Market (Atascadero)

90 employees


Rabobank

844 employees
6950 El Camino Real
(805) 466-2325


Home Depot

255 employees


Food 4 Less

197 employees


K-Mart

87 employees
466-7700


Kennedy Club Fitness

275 employees


City of Atascadero

116 employees
461-5000