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Creston Country Store
Country United States
State California
County San Luis Obispo
 • Total 0.569 sq mi (1.473 km2)
 • Land 0.564 sq mi (1.46 km2)
 • Water 0.005 sq mi (0.012 km2)  0.84%
 • Total 94
 • Density 165.2/sq mi (63.8/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
Church of Spiritual Technology ranch Creston
Church of Spiritual Technology ranch (note logo, top center) near Creston, where L. Ron Hubbard spent his last days.

Creston is a census-designated place in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States. It is located about 10 miles east of the City of Atascadero.


Creston (named after Calvin J. Cressy) was founded in 1884 on the Rancho Huerhuero Mexican land grant.

Creston was home to Cardiff Stud Farm (Creston Farms), a place once owned by Canadian-American television personality Alex Trebek, and where a number of retired American thoroughbred racehorses were taken care of, including those below. Cardiff Stud Farm was sold in 2008 and is now an event center called Windfall Farms.

  • Flying Paster (1976–1992)
  • Golden Act (1976–2000)
  • Skywalker (1982–2003)
  • Itsallgreektome (1987–2007)

Writer and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard died at his ranch near Creston.

In 2014, Creston was made an American Viticultural Area called the Creston District AVA.


Creston is located near the following highways:

  • California State Route 58
  • California State Route 46
  • California State Route 41
  • California State Route 229


The 2010 United States Census reported that Creston had a population of 94. The population density was 165.3 people per square mile (63.8/km²). The racial makeup of Creston was 89 (94.7%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 2 (2.1%) Native American, 1 (1.1%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 0 (0.0%) from other races, and 2 (2.1%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6 persons (6.4%).

The Census reported that 94 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 36 households, out of which 15 (41.7%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 20 (55.6%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 3 (8.3%) had a female householder with no husband present, 3 (8.3%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 3 (8.3%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 1 (2.8%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 8 households (22.2%) were made up of individuals and 2 (5.6%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61. There were 26 families (72.2% of all households); the average family size was 2.96.

The population was spread out with 22 people (23.4%) under the age of 18, 4 people (4.3%) aged 18 to 24, 28 people (29.8%) aged 25 to 44, 27 people (28.7%) aged 45 to 64, and 13 people (13.8%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.0 years. For every 100 females there were 80.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.0 males.

There were 39 housing units at an average density of 68.6 per square mile (26.5/km²), of which 27 (75.0%) were owner-occupied, and 9 (25.0%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0%; the rental vacancy rate was 0%. 64 people (68.1% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 30 people (31.9%) lived in rental housing units.

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