Far be it from us to argue with Oprah. If her show wants to proclaim San Luis Obispo the happiest city in America — or on the planet, for that matter — we’ll go along with that. We might even spend a few moments basking in glory by association.
We do, though, have one microscopically small nit to pick: Far as we can tell, residents of nearby communities — places like Avila Beach, Cambria, Arroyo Grande, Paso Robles and Pismo — are every bit as content as the people of SLO.
Sure, as “Oprah” correspondent Jenny McCarthy pointed out, SLO folks have plenty to be happy about — the ambiance of Mission Plaza; the many miles of biking and hiking trails; the close-knit, family-friendly neighborhoods; the healthy, smoke-free air.
But the fact is, every city on the Central Coast has plenty to brag about too, be it the wineries and restaurants of Paso, the beaches of coastal communities, the historic architecture of communities like Arroyo Grande, Cambria, Nipomo and Atascadero.
On top of that, our entire county enjoys great climate, low crime rates, gorgeous scenery, practically no traffic and, best of all, warm and generous people.
So come back, Jenny McCarthy, and bring your smiley face T-shirt with you.
We have a lot more happiness to show you.
Watch the show
Go to sanluisobispo.com to watch the “happiest city” segment on SLO that recently ran on “Oprah.”