Vital Signs report

Vital Signs artwork


The Vital Signs report is compiled every three years through a collaboration of local organizations which sponsor the project. Please consider making a donation to support the development of future reports. Action for Healthy Communities has a fund held at The Community Foundation SLO County, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, to receive contributions. Thank you.

Please click here to make a contribution through the Community Foundation


What is the quality of life like in San Luis Obispo County? Do residents feel safe? Are there enough employment opportunities? Do people feel they have access to good schools and services? Is our community healthy? These are just a few of the questions that a consortium of public and private health, education, business, environmental, human service and civic organizations set out to answer when they began the ACTION for Healthy Communities project in the late 1990’s.

As defined, the project goals are:

  • Raise public awareness of human needs, changing trends, emerging issues and community problems;
  • Provide accurate, credible and valid information on an ongoing basis to human services planners and those providing funds;
  • Provide information for individual institutions to guide decision-making about creation, management, and redesign of programs;
  • Establish community goals using measurable Quality-of-Life Indicators that will lead to positive, healthy development for individuals, families and communities;
  • Develop and support collaborative action plans to achieve the community goals.

The first wave of data collection occurred in 1999. The project was updated in 2001, 2003, 2006, 2010 and the 2013 survey represents the sixth report, in which many of the measures have been examined for trends, and some new indicators have been added. ACTION for Healthy Communities provides survey results and data to the community through the Comprehensive Report, Vital Signs – Understanding San Luis Obispo County, and various smaller folios, which will focus on specific areas of interest to the community.

For further information contact: ACTION for Healthy Communities, c/o The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County, 550 Dana Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401; Phone: 805-543-2323.

2013 VITAL SIGNS report:

Full Report

Front Matter


Basic Needs




Physical Environment

Public Safety

Social Environment


2014 Folio Partners

In an effort to make the rich set of data in the ACTION reports more accessible to the community and to highlight important trends, the steering committee began developing topic specific folios in 2011.  These folios bring together data from various chapters in the comprehensive report, supplemented by additional research, to tell a story of the quality of life in SLO County.  Eight such folios have been developed, ranging on diverse issues such as economic and social stressors, status of children, and healthy community development.

ACTION for Healthy Communities thanks the following for contributing to the development and content of our 2014 folios.
Folio one Status of Children in SLO County

Status of Children in SLO County

  • Community Action Partnership of SLO County
  • Community Foundation SLO County
  • First Five Commission of SLO County
  • SLO County Office of Education
Folio 2 Cost of living

Cost of Living

  • Community Action Partnership of SLO County
  • Economic Vitality Corporation
  • SLO County Planning Department
Folio 3 - Homelessness in SLO County

Homelessness in SLO County

  • 5 Cities Homeless Coalition
  • AIDS Support Network
  • Community Action Partnership of SLO County
  • Community Health Centers
  • Department of Social Services Homeless Services Coordinator
  • ECHO
  • Housing Authority of SLO
  • Housing Trust Fund
  • Peoples' Self Help Housing
  • Transitions-Mental Health Association
  • Veterans Services
Folio 4
  • Coastal Resource Conservation District
  • First 5 SLO County
  • SLO Council of Governments
  • SLO County Agriculture Dept
  • SLO County Planning Dept

Archived Reports and Folios