San Luis Obispo again competes for title of friendliest small town

kleslie@thetribunenews.comAugust 6, 2013 

A sign directs visitors to downtown San Luis Obispo.


San Luis Obispo is once again in the running for friendliest small town in America.

Public voting for the Best Small Towns in America competition, sponsored by USA Today and map publishing company Rand McNally, opened on July 1.

Voters have until Sept. 3 to nominate their favorite cities in five categories: friendliest, most patriotic, most beautiful, best for food and most fun.

After the Sept. 3 deadline, the sponsors will determine the top five nominees in each category, and then visit those spots. Winners will be announced in October.

Last year, San Luis Obispo was a finalist for friendliest small town, along with Cloudcroft, N.M.; College State, Texas; Frisco, Texas; Joplin, Mo.; and Murray, Ky., the eventual winner.


To vote for San Luis Obispo, visit

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