San Luis Obispo is a city in California, located roughly midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on the Central Coast. The city, referred to locally as "SLO" or "San Luis", is the county seat of San Luis Obispo County and is adjacent to California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). As of the 2000 census, the city population was 44,174.
San Luis Obispo County’s economy is truly a post-industrial economy (slochamber.org). It could be better categorized as a service economy.
What the government classifies as “service jobs” account for 38% of the county’s jobs, the true service sector is larger. Government jobs accounts for 20.7% of the County, which is also recognized as a service sector. The presence of Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate sector can also be classified as a service sector. Services and Retail combined accounts for 75% of county jobs. Manufacturing jobs now represent less than 6% of the county jobs.
Downtown San Luis Obispo is centered around the carefully restored Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. The downtown area also has many eclectic shops and boutiques. New downtown shopping centers have been added in recent years. The Court Street Center and Downtown Center house stores that belong to nationwide chains.
One of the primary draws of this area for students, visitors, and residents alike is the plethora of outdoor sports such as hiking, kayaking, surfing, windsurfing, diving, sailing, and kite boarding.
Weed Dispensaries Coming in December
Those who have been forced to endure painful conditions will be able to purchase medical marijuana from new dispensaries in the Santa Cruz, California. Although, some residents think this is a controversial decision, it does seem to prove it will help stimulate the economic flow in the area. The dispensary applications will be accepted in the month of December. This will raise the economic state, awareness, and also provide more jobs throughout the areas that have decided to allow dispensaries. Everyone holds their breath and waits for the first effects to take hold of the local community.
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