Arroyo Grande

20 reviews
  1. Town in California
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Real Estate
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$441,700
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$1,137
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    30%
  • Own
    70%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    247
    264
  • Murder
    0
    5
  • Rape
    6
    37
  • Robbery
    39
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    460
    575
  • Theft
    1,363
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    174
    257

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$63,558
National
$53,046
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    39%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    14%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools

Reviews

20 reviews
  • Excellent
    1
  • Very Good
    13
  • Average
    6
  • Poor
    0
  • Terrible
    0
Arroyo Grande, California, is the town where I grew up. It consists of a series of neighborhoods and agricultural fields circling one main tourist street. The city is a 5 minute drive to the beach, a 20 minute drive to a lake, and about a 30 minute drive to several good hiking spots around different mountains.
This town is family friendly in the extreme, and the biggest indicator of that would be the farmers' market and multiple fun runs that seem to happen once a month. There are also parks and playgrounds, with tennis courts and football/baseball fields open to the public. The main street also boasts a swinging rope bridge spanning a creek inhabited by a family of wild chickens, and this is the usual start of all fun runs, as well as being an interesting place to walk around after a meal.
  • Former Resident
  • 1 month ago
The central coast of California is a beautiful place and has so many great things to offer. The biggest problem is how expensive it is to live here and that is driving many people away, including myself. Prices of places to live and other expenses are so outrageous that it's not worth it while attending college. It is also becoming overpopulated and the cities and towns in this area are not growing with the population, such as roads, freeways, traffic control, etc.
  • Niche User
  • 7 months ago
We have a beautiful ocean nearby, however tourist come on the weekend can trash it so local cleanup happens regularly. A vast majority of restaurant styles from Greek to Thai. Houses are generally expensive for buying and renting considering what is offered because of the area they are located in. We have two community colleges within 20 miles and a CSU within 10. Everything is clean - no smog, streets are cleaned regularly, plenty of trash cans everywhere, etc. We have plenty of cafes and sandwich stops that people stop by. Grocery stores are plenty. Overall it's a convenient place to live, and it is expanding. The area is getting more breweries and more tourist activity so income is being generated which is always good for the city. Everyone within 10 miles of the town has everything they need to live - stores, utilities, gas stations, and more. I wouldn't mind living here my whole life. I just wish they paved more roads.
  • Niche User
  • Aug 13 2015