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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Housing
    D-
  3. Nightlife
    A-
  4. Good for Families
    B+
  5. Diversity
    A-
  6. Jobs
    B-
  7. Weather
    A
  8. Cost of Living
    D-
  9. Health & Fitness
    A+
  10. Outdoor Activities
    A
  11. Commute
    B+
Sonoma County is located in California with a population of 501,317. In Sonoma County, most residents own their homes. In Sonoma County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Sonoma County and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Sonoma County are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$568,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,549
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%
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Sonoma County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    266.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    59.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    60.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    281.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,240.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    189.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in Sonoma County

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$76,753
National
$55,322

Sonoma County Reviews

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Sonoma County is Rich in Culture and History – The Pomo, Coast Miwok and Wappo peoples were the earliest human settlers. Followed by the Spanish & Mexicans, The Mission Solano was the last California Missions. Historical Sites; Including Jack London’s Ranch, Luther Burbank's Gardens, Charles Schultz's Snoopy Ice Arena. We have a Petrified Forest, Natural Geysers, Sky High Redwoods and Beautiful Coastlines. Dozens of Movies have been filmed here Including: American Graffiti , Hitchcock’s The Birds & Shadow of a Doubt, Stephen Kings Cujo, Peggy Sue got Married, Bedtime Stories with Adam Sandler, Holiday Inn with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, Disney’s Pollyanna. We also have Over 400 Wineries to visit and taste! We have a Rich Hispanic Culture woven throughout our county, from Farmworkers to Businesses Owners to Politicians. We also have one of the finest and affordable college campuses in the United States - Santa Rosa Junior College.
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Sonoma County is such a wonderful place to grow up or visit. It is filled with all kinds of people with different backgrounds and has an amazing cultural blend of restaurants, shopping, and events. The agricultural scene is also one of a kind due to the different types of farmer's markets, craft fairs, and festivals that allow people to easily explore what the county has to offer. The unique variation of housing areas is also another great quality. The people within Sonoma County and the community bond we all have is another great attribute. During and after the 2017 fires, the people within the community gathered together to help those affected. The love between everyone in the area is strong, and what sets us apart from other counties. One thing worth changing is that there are not many great shopping areas for well-known clothing stores typically found in malls. Other than that, Sonoma County is a wonderful example of a great blend of people, cultures, experiences, and adventures.
I loved going to school here in Sonoma County as there was always so many different things to do surrounding it. A 45 minute drive out west will bring you right out onto the Bodega Bay coastline, down south will bring you to the famous city of San Francisco, and east will bring you to also famous Napa County. It is an extremely safe, quiet and fun place to live in, especially since all the central cities (Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Petaluma) are all very close by to each other, which makes it easier for a trip depending on what you may need to go out for. Our freeways only have two lanes and a carpool lane, which shows that traffic isn't the worst down here either. I also love the weather as we get to experience the best out of each season: summers can get up to the 90s a good amount of the time, springs are generally partially sunny and sometimes rainy, fall is sunny but cooler, and winter we get the gloomy clouds, the rain, and the rare thunderstorms. I love Sonoma County!