About San Luis Obispo County, California
San Luis Obispo County is located on the Central Coast of California, roughly halfway between the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles and San Francisco. It covers approximately 3,300 square miles and is bordered by Monterey County to the north, Kern County to the east, and Santa Barbara County to the south, with 100 miles of Pacific coastline to the west. The county has an estimated population of 287,540 as of the 2024 census. It is known for its small communities scattered along the beaches, coastal hills, and mountains of the Santa Lucia range. The county seat is the city of San Luis Obispo, which is also the largest city in the county. San Luis Obispo County offers a wide variety of attractions and outdoor activities, making it a popular year-round destination for adventure and relaxation. The County government provides a wide range of public services, including law enforcement, animal control, transportation planning, and foster care.