Nipomo : California


What It Is Like to Retire in Nipomo

Nipomo is a small town that is south of San Luis Obispo and above Santa Maria.  The population is about 17,000 in this affluent community with a household income of close to $80,000. The Dana's were early settlers when the town became a stop on the Camino Real.

Where to Retire in Nipomo and Home Prices

According to Zillow, the median home value was $626,655 in early 2020, and calls it a "Very Hot" market at this time. There are active communities in the area (see link at left).


What Is Special about Nipomo

Great climate and golf courses.

What Is Not Special about Nipomo

Nipomo is a bit isolated with the nearest city, Bakersfield, 85 miles away and Fresno 125 miles away.

Who Will Like Retirement in Nipomo

Retirees who want a smaller town with a great climate would enjoy living here.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Agriculture is the dominant business as avocados, strawberries, and citrus are grown here, along with providing cut flowers nationwide.

Climate and Physical Environment

Nipomo is about 8 miles inland along the coast with one of the best overall climates in the country. January's temperatures average 42 degrees, and July's average is 72 degrees. The community only gets about 16 inches of rain annually.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are many restaurants in Nipomo including a steak house, bistros, bars and grills. Culturally, there is not much to do but there are golf courses, spas, and a luffa sponge farm which is open to the public for tours.


The crime rate of Nipomo is in line with the national average.


Medical Facilities

The nearest medical center is in Santa Maria, 8 miles away.


San Luis Obispo has a regional airport about 25 miles away but the nearest international airport is in Fresno, about 170 miles away.

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