Why is the middle class fleeing SLO County?

OPINION by SUE RODECK

I recently read an article that the Central Coast is one of the worst places in the United States for small business owners. As a small business owner myself, I have at times assumed as much, but could it really be true?

I decided to start doing some research. I learned that not only is it true that the Central Coast is one of the worst places in the United States for small business owners, but that middle-class families are leaving San Luis Obispo County at one of the highest rates in the nation. Why is this happening?

Those leaving cited the high cost of living, lack of good-paying jobs, and shortage of affordable housing. And it’s not just our families – entire companies are leaving our area too. In order to keep a healthy economy and to encourage businesses to stay, we need to place a priority on keeping head-of-household jobs in the County.

Sue Rodeck is a 27 year resident of Templeton.

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2 Comments about “Why is the middle class fleeing SLO County?”

  1. Shenanigan says:

    This hardly seems worth a response. This is ALL you have to say on a topic like this??? What, did you spend a whole 10 minutes writing it out? Try again, please.

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  2. Darrelln99 says:

    Good article.. however the Central Coast will continue to lose the middle class as LA & SF senior citizens relocate to the Central Coast. The Central Coast will consist of senior citizens living on pensions and their caregivers living in whatever low income housing in the area. As a side note the middle class isn’t just leaving the Central Coast they are leaving the State to escape the wackos running the State…

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