Why are middle-class families leaving SLO County?

OPINION by JASON ANDERSON

As a small business owner, I have experienced firsthand how difficult it is to run a business on the Central Coast. But the cost of running a business here is only part of the problem. The other problem is how incredibly expensive it is to live in the Central Coast where few good-paying jobs exist.

Middle class families are leaving San Luis Obispo County at one of the highest rates in the country. The high cost of living, lack of affordable housing, and few good-paying jobs make it hard for families to stay.

Major employers like Weatherby, Really Right Stuff, and Lockheed Martin are moving out of the County because it is too expensive to operate here. We cannot afford to force more companies out of business – and lose more good paying jobs.

As a parent, I want my kids to want to come home after college. As a business owner, I need my customers to stay here.

The County needs to retain and increase good-paying jobs so that the beautiful place we live, once again, becomes a place of opportunities and hope.

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One Comment about “Why are middle-class families leaving SLO County?”

  1. Bud says:

    Biggest problem is the State of California and the left controlled branches of Government. Regulations, taxes and a unfriendly business climate are causing companies to leave the state. Gun manufactures leaving here for Sheridan Wyoming is no surprise. They have a lot of gun owners in Wyoming.It isn’t just here.
    We left Humboldt County to get away from the drug culture and move closer to the grandchildren. Rental rates and property costs are much lower than here. What do they have? A huge influx of homeless and felon population living off of the public support. 800 homeless in a town of 28,000.Murder rates, crime and all kinds of problems result. This was a desirable place to live 20 years ago. No doctors or professionals will go there. Be grateful for what we have left here. Throw out all liberal democrats and we may have a chance. Change the controlling political people or follow the homeless.

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