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Camp San Luis Obispo

40th Infantry Division
10 Sonoma Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405


The climate of San Luis Obispo is generally that of an oceanic (Mediterranean) type. Within the foothills of the site, the summers are warmer and dryer while the winters become cooler and wetter. The sun shines about 60 percent of the time in the winter and 80 percent in the summer. Rainfall averages 16 inches a year. The average winter temperature is 48° F with average daily minimums of 34° F. In summer, the average is 70° F, with the average daily maximum being 91° F.

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Cost of Living

The cost of living in San Luis Obispo, CA is 12% higher than the California average and 55% higher than the rest of the country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in San Luis Obispo, CA are 6% lower than the average for California and 3% higher than the rest of the country.

Getting to Know the Area

San Luis Obispo is a city in California’s Central Coast region located midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Pacific Ocean is about 11 miles west of San Luis Obispo and to the east lie the Santa Lucia Mountains.


San Luis Obispo is a seismically active area and there are a number of nearby faults, including the San Andreas Fault. The Nine Sisters are a string of hills that partially run through San Luis Obispo. They are geologically noteworthy for being volcanic plugs. Six of the nine peaks are open to the public for recreation.


Vendors selling produce, flowers and food take over Higuera Street for the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market. The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art focuses on work by contemporary California artists and has art classes for all ages, and hosts art talks, films and other events.


The first Thursday of every month is The Bike Happening (also known as Bike Nite) in San Luis Obispo. People gather after the farmers’ market at the Mission Plaza with their bikes. The bikers then go around on multiple circuits on the main streets of downtown. Each Bike Happening has a theme and a large portion of the crowd is in some costume adherent to the theme.


Check out these websites for a list of all of the great events going on in the area.
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