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Known over the years as Santa Rosa, Rosaville, San Simeon and "Slabtown".  The town became Cambria (the Latin word for Wales according to Funk & Wagnall's) in 1869, on the recommendation of a local committee. One story has it that a committee member had recently been to Cambria County, Pennsylvania, and that woodsy, mining area reminded him of home. 

cambria beachCambria began as a fishing and quicksilver mining town, then later became important for its dairy and lumber exports. Today, the pine covered hills and rugged shoreline attracts artists and tourists. A number of interesting buildings remain from Cambria’s early days, including the Old Santa Rosa Church, the Squibb-Darke house, the 100 year old Brambles, Santa Rosa School, the Hoosegow, The Gordon Howard home and the Lull house, now a part of the Bluebird Inn.

topOriginally subdivided over 70 years ago, Cambria was developed into small, average quality vacation homes. Recent trends has been toward above average quality custom homes. The terrain varies from flat/moderate sites to steep/difficult sites. Views range from ocean to forest to mountain and valley. Some neighborhoods are nearing full development. At present the community is approximately 45 percent developed.



Cambria is an unincorporated coastal community located approximately 35 miles north of San Luis Obispo and 6 miles south of Hearst Castle. Population is approximately 6,100.



Cambria has 3 banks, a high school, intermediate and grammar schools plus a private Montessori school. A convenient supermarket as well as a gourmet grocery store. Weekly open-air Farmer’s Market on Fridays and several convenience stores to serve our daily needs. Cambria has many fine elegant restaurants as well as family restaurants. Numerous auto services and well-stocked hardware stores are available for keeping things running. Many crafts/artists galleries, theater groups, book stores, a local weekly newspaper stimulate the senses of Cambrians. For the physically active, there are garden clubs, lawn boawling, native and exotic plant nurseries, tennis courts, kayaking and enjoyment of nature.



San Luis Obispo County and the State Coastal Commission govern and oversee building development within the community. Building size and height are regulated, and adapted to specific areas within the community. The local water district, Cambria Community Services District (CCSD), issues water and sewer permits. Due to the countywide Growth Management Ordinance, the wait for building in Cambria is approximately 20 years, unless purchasing a lot already on the CCSD water/sewer list awaiting permits. Cambria is located in the County of San Luis Obispo, Supervisorial District #2.



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topPopulation: Estimated at 6,500

Elevation: Sea level to 200 feet

Physical Size: About 3 square miles

Climate: Mild— no smog, clear blue skies, some seasonal fog, ocean breeze.  

Temperature:  50 – 70 degrees year-round.  

Normal rainfall:
  20" to 25" a year.

Government: Unincorporated  community.  San Luis Obispo County provides Sheriff protection and departmental services, zoning, planning.

Tourism, agriculture, light industry.

Schools:Cambria Grammar School, Santa Lucia Middle School, Coast Union High School, Leffingwell High School, New Dawn Montessori School, Cuesta Community College, Cal Poly University in San Luis

CAMBRIA GRAMMAR SCHOOL: 927-4400 - 1350 Main St. Kindergarten through Grade 5 Kathy Lindberg - Principal. Student enrollment is 386 with an average class size of 24 students.  


COAST UNION HIGH SCHOOL: 927-3889 - 2950 Santa Rosa Creek Rd.  Grade 9 through 12 Darrell Dunbar - Principal Average daily attendance is 341 students with an average class size of 20 students.


NEW DAWN MONTESSORI SCHOOL 927-4958 The New Dawn Center provides children from 3 - 9 years old with a strong foundation of self-worth where they can discover more powerful, more tangible, more creative and more meaningful ways to break through learning barriers.  All areas of development: physical, emotional, sound, intellectual and spiritual are promoted and valued.


topLEFFINGWELL CONT. HIGH SCHOOL 927-7148  2820 Santa Rosa Creek Rd. Mike Schackel - Principal Average daily attendance is 40 students with an average class size of 15 students.


SANTA LUCIA SCHOOL: 927-3693 - 2850 Schoolhouse Lane. Grade 6 through 8 Denis M. de Clercq - Principal Average daily attendance is 199 students with an average class size of 25 students.



546-3140  Admissions Office California Community College.  Please visit our website for more detailed information.




Cambria "Otter" Bus available Free through Cambria Fri., Sat., Sun. & Mon. County bus service to San Luis Obispo, Monday through Saturday. Now there is service to Hearst Castle. Amtrak trains, Airport, Greyhound bus, and rental cars available in San Luis Obispo 35 miles south.



Full range of shops and services for visitors and residents, retail specialty shops, restaurants, art galleries, gift and antique shops, clothing stores, hardware stores, markets, gas service stations, auto repair, home furnishings and banking.


Art & Culture:

Numerous small groups engage in a spectrum of hobbies. Allied Arts Association, Little Theater, Garden Clubs, Instrumental Music Ensembles, Writer’s Club & Adult Recreation Center - all buzz with year-round activities.



Year-round hiking, bicycling, surfing, tide pools, beach-combing, rock hunting and fishing. Lawn bowling, tennis, picnic facilities, public swimming pool. 


Parks & Campsites:

San Simeon State Beach Park (1 mile north of Cambria) day & overnight use (No Hookups). Another plus for day use is Shamel Park. There is a out-door swimming pool (open in summer), picnic tables, barbecue areas, wide expanse of lawn; a fun place for a cook-out and a romp on the beach.  Leffingwell Landing State Picnic Grounds on Moonstone Beach Dr. also has barbecue areas, picnic tables, tide pools. William R. Hearst State Beach in San Simeon (6 miles north), barbecue areas, picnic tables, great swimming beach, pier.



All homes in Cambria individually built. More than 50% are second homes. Few condominiums. Apartments practically non-existent. Limited number of homes for rent. Building permits limited. No senior housing.


Baptist, Catholic, Christian Science, Presbyterian, Episcopal and Unity.


Baha'l Faith: 5978 Moonstone Beach Dr. 927-3679

Christian Science Society: 1475 Main St. 927-3659

Community Presbyterian Church: 2250 Yorkshire Dr. 927-4356

Crossroads Community Church: 4314 Bridge St. 927-3780

First Baptist Church: 2700 Eton Rd 927-4789

First Unity of Cambria: 950 Main St. 927-8021

topJehovah's Witnesses: 2680 Main St. 927-5119

Living Waters Christian Fellowship: 4314 Bridge St. 927-2443

Santa Rosa Catholic Church: 1174 Main St. - Dennis Gilbert 927-4816

St. Paul's Episcopal Church: 2700 Eton Rd. - Rev. Donna Ross   927-3239

Solid Rock Community Church: 802 Hillcrest Dr. - Rev. Michael L. Brewster  927-1884

Vineyard Christian Fellowship P.O. Box 283 927-5550


Family Practitioners, Optometrist, Psychologist, Chiropractors, Dentists, x-ray, Paramedic and Ambulance Services, Veterinarians, Home Health Services available.


Economic Profile: 

Available at the Chamber, email your request and provide your mailing address, a Relocation Packet will be mailed to you.



Cambria is served by three facilities:

SIERRA VISTA: San Luis Obispo (35 miles south)

FRENCH HOSPITAL: San Luis Obispo (37 miles south)

topTWIN CITIES HOSPITAL: 1100 Las Tablas Rd., Templeton - (25 miles inland) - 434-4545 - 24 hour emergency services, physical therapy, cardiac cath lab, home health services.


Cambria Post Office. Home delivery, but some die-hards still maintain post office boxes for daily trip to pick up the mail, see old friends and hear the news.


By Car:  Cambria is located 240 miles north of Los Angeles and 240 miles south of San Francisco on U.S. Highway 1.  From the south, take Hwy 101 to San Luis Obispo (Morro Bay, Hearst Castle Exit sign) to Hwy 1.  From the north, take Hwy 101 to Hwy 46 (Cambria Exit Sign) to Hwy 1.

topBy Air: 
The San Luis Obispo County Airport is 35 miles south of Cambria.

By Train: 
An Amtrak train station is also located in San Luis Obispo.  35 miles south of Cambria.


Car rentals are available in San Luis Obispo - Call SLO Chamber of Commerce at 805-781-2777. 

County bus
runs between San Luis Obispo and Cambria call CCAT at



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Cambria Chamber of Commerce

767 Main Street. Chamber office offers information about the local businesses. Stop by the office for directories, directions or a little Cambria History. 927-3624, Fax 927-9426.



The Cambrian ~ 2442 Main St.  Comes out once a week on Thursdays. 805- 927-8652.  
Home delivery of San Luis Obispo Tribune & Los Angeles Times



Charter Communications provide cable (800) 640-6959 or 544-2688. 

Local FM radio station KTEA-FM 103.5  KXTZ  95.3    KXDZ  100.5 786-2570. Rock n Rhythm n Blues, the Local Station.  Request line: 786-258


Job opportunities:

Please subscribe to our local paper "The Cambrian" at 805-927-8652.  It comes out once a week on Thursdays and list jobs available in the area. You can have it mailed to you each week


Taxes/Assessed Valuation:

Call SLO County Assessor 805-781-5643


Public Library:

900 Main St., Cambria   805-927-4336



Electric: PG & E
Natural Gas: Southern Calif. Gas Co.
Telephone: AT & T and Pacific Bell
Water, Sewer, Water waiting list, Trash: Cambria Community Service District (CCSD): 1316 Tamson Dr. Ste.201 - 927-6223


topSenior Citizen Services:

C.A.R.E.S. - Cambria Adult Resources Education & Support 927-4290

C.A.N. - Cambria's Anonymous Neighbors  927-5673

Cambria Community Bus  927-4173

Cambria Community Counsel  927-1547

Joslyn Recreation Center   927-3364  950 Main St.

Meals on Wheels 927-1268

topCounty Offices:

SLO Sheriff Dept. Business  800-834-3346

SLO County Government Center  1050 Monterey St., SLO 93408

SLO Animal Services  781-4400

SLO Business Licenses  781-5832

SLO County Courthouse  781-5000

SLO Planning Dept.  781-5600

SLO Tax Collector  781-5830

topSLO County Tax Assessor  781-5643




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