About Atascadero, California
Atascadero is a city located in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States. It is known as the “Gateway to the Central Coast” due to its location between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Atascadero has a total area of approximately 26 square miles (67 square kilometers). The city experiences a mild Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Atascadero is known for its historic City Hall, which was built in 1918 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The city’s economy is primarily driven by agriculture, tourism, healthcare, and retail industries. It is surrounded by picturesque hills and scenic landscapes, making it a popular destination for outdoor activities like hiking and biking. Atascadero is home to several parks and recreational areas, including Heilman Regional Park and the Atascadero Lake Park. The city is home to the Charles Paddock Zoo, a small but well-regarded zoo that houses over 100 animals from around the world. It is also known for its annual events, including the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival and the Atascadero Tamale Festival. The historic Sunken Gardens, located in the heart of Atascadero, is a popular gathering place and often hosts community events. As of the 2024 census, Atascadero has a population of approximately 29,621.