Petaluma, California 

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+6.2% since 2020

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9.4 / 7.2

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Petaluma, California is a charming city located in Sonoma County, approximately 52 miles north of San Francisco. The city was first settled by Europeans in the 1850s and is known today for its historic downtown area full of antique stores, restaurants and specialty shops. Petaluma has something for everyone with its unique shops, farms, vineyards, ranches, community events and scenic hikes. It has become an increasingly popular destination due to its laid-back atmosphere and close proximity to wine country and the Pacific Ocean. Whether you’re looking for outdoor recreation or a romantic getaway, Petaluma awaits! Small city / Suburban complex - Northern California, 40 miles north of San Francisco.
State: California
County: Sonoma County
Metro Area: Santa Rosa Metro Area
City: Petaluma
Zip Codes: 94954 94952
Cost of Living: 62.0% higher
Time zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Elevation: 167 ft above sea level

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Petaluma, Ca Housing Market
Least Expensive HomesHomes Over 2,000 Sq. Ft.
Most Expensive HomesHomes less than 10 yrs old
All Single Family Homes
Year-round climate
Nearby coastline
Close to San Francisco
Cost of living and housing
Long crowded commutes
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What Bert Has To Say About Santa Rosa 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.


The unemployment rate in Petaluma is 5.0% (U.S. avg. is 6.0%). Recent job growth is Positive. Petaluma jobs have increased by 1.7%. More Economy

Compared to the rest of the country, Petaluma's cost of living is 62.0% higher than the U.S. average. More Cost of Living or Compare Petaluma's Cost of Living

June, August and July are the most pleasant months in Petaluma, while January and December are the least comfortable months. Today's Weather | Climate Averages

In the last Presidential election, Sonoma county remained overwhelmingly Democratic, 74.5% to 23.0%. More Voting Stats

Petaluma's population is 60,050 people. Since 2020, it has had a population growth of 6.2%. Learn More...

Average Commute time is 30.1 minutes. The National Average is 26.4 minutes. Learn More...

The median home cost in Petaluma is Real Estate: $839,600. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 6.4%.

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. More Education

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Housing Market in Petaluma

It's a good time to buy in Petaluma. Home Appreciation is up 6.4% in the last 12 months.
The median home price in Petaluma is $839,600.
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Reviews for Petaluma   16 Reviews
Old hippies are in charge - 9/6/2021
I agree with the low star reviews. Been here for 25 years, raised a family and seen everything turn to the left and worse. Weather is glorious, love the old Victorians... Read More

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A great place to call home, if you can afford it - 7/1/2021
We’ve lived here for 3 years and we love it. It has taken some time to grow on us. We moved from SF where we had lived over 15 years, we were not used to one year leases... Read More

California living at its finest! - 3/28/2021
I’ve lived here a couple of years (after living in others parts of the Bay Area for 15+ years) and I love it! Great neighborhoods, friendly folks, good schools with... Read More

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