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Pros

-Year-round climate
-Nearby coastline
-Close to San Francisco

Cons

-Cost of living and housing
-Long crowded commutes
-Air quality


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Santa Rosa, an area of rugged hills and valleys north of San Francisco, is the commercial center of a broad set of suburban communities and small towns making up Sonoma County. Geographically this area is just north of Marin County, the upscale set of San Francisco suburbs, and extends into open and unsettled areas far north of the city. Santa Rosa itself lies along U.S. 101 near the communities of Rohnert Park, home of a California State University campus and some high tech industry, and Petaluma, a growing former agricultural center. Just east across a low mountain range is the wine-growing center of Sonoma, and west the area extends to the rugged Pacific coastline.



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Quick Facts About Petaluma


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Petaluma is 3.30 percent(U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Petaluma jobs have Increased by 2.24 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Petaluma's cost of living is 81.10% Higher than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Petaluma's population is 60,438 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 39.96 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 29 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Petaluma is $603,100. Home appreciation the last year has been -6.16 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Petaluma public schools spend $10,006 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 23.1 students per teacher in Petaluma.

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Thriving town, growing pains, expensive
I lived (grew up) in Petaluma for 15 years. It's a charming little town that isn't so little anymore. The Kohl's and Target shopping centers built over the last few... (read more)
low crime, high housing, growing pains (2006)
living here 16 years, it's growing fast - city allows too much and too dense building... traffic getting very bad, not planned well (city council campaigns paid for by... (read more)
Up and coming: Too many people
As much as I have enjoyed Petaluma, over the past year and half they have done a lot of remodeling and building of apartments and what they call "lofts." This makes... (read more)
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