The Colony of Atascadero
This mid-sized community combines the beauty of nature and rural country life. With a population of 26,411 this town has rural charm that is within minutes of all the central coast has to offer.
Take a stroll around Atascadero Park and visit the Charles Paddock Zoo that features permanent exhibits and temporary ones for rehabilitating animals. Each year the city celebrates Colony Days with a historic re-enactment of the original tent city that started the town.
Atascadero also offers wineries, galleries, and horse breeding and training ranches all in a semi-arid climate.
Atascadero is part of the Atascadero Unified School District which features 6 elementary schools, 1 middle school, 1 traditional high school, 1 continuation high school, and 2 private academy schools.
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