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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.

Downtown Santa Rosa is modern and very pleasant, and has a surprisingly strong arts base considering its size and proximity to the San Francisco powerhouse. The area has a complex and mixed economy, partially self-sufficient and partially dependent on San Francisco and other Bay Area cities. Proximity to San Francisco and popular areas south, a relatively bucolic setting compared to those areas, and an excellent climate has brought considerable growth pressure. This has been managed fairly well, and the area has avoided some of the sprawl explosions seen in other parts of the region.

Health statistics are affected by poor air quality and exorbitant health care costs. Many parts of the area are quite rural in character, but that drives living and housing costs up. Finding local work is possible but challenging, many do commute towards “the City.” For those who can establish themselves economically and avoid the commutes, this area is one of California’s best.

Valleys are attractive and mainly flat, and surrounded by low, forested hills near the coast. The climate is Mediterranean marine with consistently comfortable summer temperatures and cool summer evenings. Winters vary from pleasant and sunny to chilly and wet. Most rain falls during winter and can be heavy, although the mountains reduce the force of Pacific storms. Freezing weather occurs occasionally.


Quick Facts About Rohnert Park

    The unemployment rate in Rohnert Park is 5.20 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Rohnert Park jobs have Increased by 2.81 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Rohnert Park's cost of living is 41.20% Higher than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Rohnert Park's population is 40,895 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 0.73 percent.
    Average Commute time is 27 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Rohnert Park is $352,100. Home appreciation the last year has been 21.70 percent.
    Rohnert Park public schools spend $11,035 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 21.6 students per teacher in Rohnert Park.

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re: Rohnert Park - 8/29/2006
Yeah, make endless excuses for the scourge of human overpopulation. Let those "useless" snails die off, like so many other species... (read more)
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Rohnert Park is a nice small city to live in. It has changed from how it was when we first moved here. The weather is generally good (though we have grown less tolerant... (read more)
Not a bad little bedroom community
I'm a native Californian and have lived here most of my life - save for about a year total in Eugene, Oregon, two separate times. I've lived in Southern, Central, and... (read more)
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