Arroyo Grande

Friendly community with a charming downtown “Village” and plenty of picturesque wineries.

Overview for Arroyo Grande, CA

18,422 people live in Arroyo Grande, where the median age is 46.7 and the average individual income is $42,931. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Welcome to Arroyo Grande

Friendly community with a charming downtown “Village” and plenty of picturesque wineries.
Located in San Luis Obispo County, this small coastal city, characterized by its Mediterranean-esque climate, has plenty of charm. Defined by its unique, turn-of-the-century downtown “Village,” which is filled with a range of antique and specialty shops, Arroyo Grande is also home to a number of historical buildings, five museums, and California’s last “swinging bridge.” There is a wide array of housing options available, including oceanview properties perched on acres of land and single-level ranch-style homes nestled within walking distance of the town’s central hub.  
Punctuated by more than a dozen historical landmarks, there’s a strong focus on preserving architecture and memorabilia here. The 120-year-old Santa Manuela schoolhouse has been restored to its original state, complete with students’ chairs, books, maps, and blackboards. History buffs will also revel in the fact that a portion of the Pacific Coast Railway intersects Arroyo Grande, which is also home to an extensive research library highlighting California history.   
The demographic here is young: the median age of residents is 45, and the population’s average commute time is 20 minutes. The city features an array of parks as well as a 26-acre sports complex, a lighted baseball field, an expansive dog walk, and a community garden. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate hiking trails along the Arroyo Grande Creek and the James Way Oak Habitat and Wildlife Preserve that is located near Arroyo Grande Real Estate.
Wineries abound in this Central California oasis—oenophiles can spend the afternoon at 12 different sipping sites.

What to Love

  • Historic landmarks
  • Plenty of local/organic farmers’ markets nearby
  • Small, hospitable vibe
  • Lots of fine dining to choose from
  • A variety of stunning Arroyo Grande houses for sale to choose from

People & Lifestyle - Living in Arroyo Grande

American aviator Harriet Quimby called Arroyo Grande home in the early 1900s, and she’s not this small town’s only famous resident. Zac Efron, Lou Ferrigno, and former basketball player Horace Grant all claimed addresses here. According to the 2010 Census, more than 7,000 families call Arroyo Grande home, and the median family income is about $80,000.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

More than 25 varieties of beer (including a hazelnut brown nectar and a maple barrel-aged stout) draw crowds at Mason Bar & Kitchen. Enjoy Wine Country casual dining at Rooster Creek Tavern and sample wood-fired pizza and small plates at Ember Restaurant. For seasonal, thoughtfully-sourced fare and a great sampling of craft beer and wine, check out The Spoon Trade. When it comes to art and culture near Arroyo Grande Homes for sale, the Clark Center for Performing Arts hosts a wide selection of plays, concerts, stand-up comedy, and more.

Things to Do in Arroyo Grande

Arroyo Grande has three golf courses and resorts, as well as a marina and waterpark. Most guests and residents spend their Saturdays antiquing, and the two weekly farmers’ markets are a must-visit.

Schools in Arroyo Grande

Arroyo Grande contains 27 schools in total, many of which are highly-rated for their student-teacher ratio and testing scores. In 2020, US News and World Report ranked Arroyo Grande High School #518 among California schools and #3,480 nationally. 

Demographics and Employment Data for Arroyo Grande, CA

Arroyo Grande has 7,376 households, with an average household size of 2.47. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Arroyo Grande do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 18,422 people call Arroyo Grande home. The population density is 3,101.82 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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46.18 / 53.82%

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Schools in Arroyo Grande, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Arroyo Grande. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Arroyo Grande Montessori School
PreK - K
No rating available
8th - 12th
Ocean View Elementary
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St Patricks Catholic School
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K - 6th
Valley View Adventist Academy
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Around Arroyo Grande, CA

There's plenty to do around Arroyo Grande, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Hey Gorgeous Formal Wear, Central Core, and Banner Airways.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Shopping 1.4 miles 37 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.58 miles 36 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.66 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.43 miles 45 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.75 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 1.96 miles 23 reviews 5/5 stars

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