San Luis Obispo has recently made news as "the happiest city in America" according to author Dan Buettner in his latest book, Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way, and as featured on Oprah. But the City of San Luis Obispo doesn't stand alone. San Luis Obispo County, as a whole, embodies many of the criteria Buettner identifies as necessary for civic happiness like:

  • Citizen Empowerment
  • No Drive-Throughs
  • Build a Greenbelt
  • Support the Arts
  • Favor the Pedestrian
  • Work for Yourself
  • Build a Town Square

As if endless pristine beaches, some of the best wine in the world, and a near-perfect climate weren't enough to please visitors and residents of San Luis Obispo County...