San Luis Obispo, the county seat and most populated city in the county, is home to the two largest employers. The county and city as well as California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) employ so many people, but is serviced by bedroom communities outside of town. Students make up as much as up to 1/3 of the population when in session for regular school year.
Avila Beach is a thriving little town that used to be a sleepy little eclectic community known just for its beach and Harford pier to drive on. Now it does good business with a few eateries, some tourist shops, wine tasting, and hotels.
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