Atascadero was incorporated in 1979. Today,with nearly 28,000 residents, Atascadero is the third-largest city in San Luis Obispo County.
Atascadero is farther inland than most other San Luis Obispo cities and usually experiences warmer, drier summers and cooler winters than neighboring cities such as San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach. Nearby CA Highways 41 and 46 provide easy access to the Pacific Coast and the Central Valley of California. The population was 28,310 at the 2010 census. It is an amalgamation of rolling hills studded with oaks; historic buildings; quaint lake park and zoo; enclaves of artists, musicians and writers; all surrounded by visitor vistas and wineries.