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


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

What Bert Has To Say About Santa Rosa-Petaluma Metro Area

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.


Quick Facts About Petaluma

    The unemployment rate in Petaluma is 4.80 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Petaluma jobs have Increased by 2.81 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Petaluma's cost of living is 64.90% Higher than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Petaluma's population is 57,852 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 4.92 percent.
    Average Commute time is 30 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Petaluma is $478,200. Home appreciation the last year has been 21.50 percent.
    Petaluma public schools spend $11,035 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 16.6 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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