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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 Santa Rosa

    The unemployment rate in Santa Rosa is 5.20 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Santa Rosa jobs have Increased by 2.81 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Santa Rosa's cost of living is 48.80% Higher than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Santa Rosa's population is 167,207 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 8.77 percent.
    Average Commute time is 23 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Santa Rosa is $392,800. Home appreciation the last year has been 21.20 percent.
    Santa Rosa public schools spend $11,035 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 20.6 students per teacher in Santa Rosa.

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Can't wait to get outa here. When I do, I'm taking the... (read more)
re: Gangs and Violence - 4/4/2007
She's full of it, I think she is mistaken about her location. From her review she makes Santa Rosa sound like Los Angeles. Keep it real people, that's a bunch of... (read more)
re: Good and bad... - 11/27/2006
The houses on the east hills of the city are minimal and the view of the mountains is still gorgeous, there aren't that many homes up there but the ones that are make... (read more)
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