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Arroyo Grande is an agricultural community in California’s San Luis Obispo County, an area rich in history, spirit, and hospitality. The area, dotted with orchards and vineyards, is home to ranches, farms, and equestrian trails.
From a historic bridge to a one-room schoolhouse, an 1897 butcher shop, to antique shops and boutiques, the community honors its roots. The quaint village also hosts a number of annual special events and festivals that draw residents and visitors from near and far.
The city is enhanced by excellent schools, an effective public transportation system, near-perfect weather, comfortable living, and plenty of things to do.
Things to do in Arroyo Grande, California
The most iconic place to visit in Arroyo Grande is the swinging bridge, the creation of the Short family in 1875 to access portions of their land that was divided by the Arroyo Grande Creek. The bridge, which was fully restored in May 1995, stretches 171 feet and hangs 40 feet above the creek and is the only one of its kind in the state.
There are several vineyards and wineries to explore, including Laetitia Vineyard & Winery, Saucelito Canyon Vineyard & Winery, and Peacock Cellars Tasting Room and Farmstead.
There are a dozen parks and green spaces in Arroyo Grande, an effort made to enrich its residents’ lives. In addition to the parks, the city manages the Soto Sports Complex. This 18-acre complex offers five lighted tennis courts, pickleball courts, two little league fields, a lighted Babe Rith field, four lighted softball fields that are also used for football and soccer.
For other outdoor recreation, Lopez Lake Recreation Area is perfect for boating, fishing, amping, and more.
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Education in Arroyo Grande, California
Lucia Mar Unified School District manages the public schools throughout Arroyo Grande, California.
Public schools in Arroyo Grande include:
- Branch Elementary School
- Harloe Elementary School
- Ocean View Elementary School
- Mesa Middle School
- Paulding Middle School
- Arroyo Grande High School
- Lopez Continuation High School
Private schools in the area include:
- St. Patrick Catholic School
- Valley View Jr. Academy
- Pacific Coast Christian School
- Royal Oaks Christian School
- Coastal Christian High School
There are 17 colleges and universities within 100 miles of Arroyo Grande, California, the closest of which are:
- California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
- Allan Hancock College
- Cuesta College
- University of California Santa Barbara
- Taft College
The Climate in Arroyo Grande, California
California’s reputation for near-perfect weather holds true in Arroyo Grande. The sun shines on the city 286 days per year, more than 80 days of the national average of 205 sunny days.
The city also receives less rain than the U.S. average, with just 20 inches compared to the country’s average of 38 inches of rain annually.
There are only around 50 days per year when Arroyo Grande receives measurable precipitation.
Summers hold average high temperatures of a comfortable 73 degrees, with winter lows of 43 degrees, so it doesn’t snow in Arroyo Grande.
Public Transportation in Arroyo Grande
Intercommunity public transportation is provided by the San Luis Obispo Transit Authority, which covers all of San Luis Obispo County, extending into Santa Barbara County to the south.
The closest airport to Arroyo Grande is a domestic airport, the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport. Santa Maria Public Airport is the other domestic airport within 21 miles of the city.
For international travel, Arroyo Grande’s residents and visitors travel 159 miles to the Fresno Yosemite International Airport or 178 miles to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Living in Arroyo Grande
There are 18,123 residents living in the 93420 and 93433 zip codes, which spans 5.67 square miles.
Considered part of the Five Cities area, Arroyo Grande is near Oceano, Grover Beach, Pismo Beach, Shell Beach, and Oceano.
The Arroyo Grande median household income is estimated at $79,883, just a tad behind California’s $71,805.
Only one mile from the Pacific Ocean, Arroyo Grande is a beautiful backdrop for many homes on the hilltop.
Houses in Arroyo Grande hold median values of $586,582, also a touch above the state’s average of $509,400.
When you’re looking for a California home with a charming, small-town vibe, where you can put down roots on ranches, farms, single-family homes, set your signs on Arroyo Grande, the essence of quintessential America.
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