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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Petaluma is a town in California with a population of 60,210. Petaluma is in Sonoma County. Living in Petaluma offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Petaluma there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Petaluma and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Petaluma are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$556,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,667
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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Petaluma Rankings

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

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    262.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    52.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    65.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    278.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,168
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    105
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

Working in Petaluma

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$84,949
National
$55,322
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Petaluma Reviews

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LOVE LOVE LOVE. Petaluma has a wonderful down town area with a lot of charm, wonderful restaurants, antique shops, gift shops and other things to see. Petaluma river adds charm to the down town area. Also the community is friendly and there are many young families. Parks, fields for soccer and baseball and schools. Festivals down town, a wonderful Veterans Day parade and Eggs & Butter Day parade that is full of fun and so many come out to enjoy and gather. Pricing of homes has been challenging but it is that way in most of California on the coast. Also 30 minutes from the beach!
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I love the area of Petaluma. There is so much to do and it home to many things. For example the Butter and Eggs Day Parade. It also is known for its breweries, and outdoor venues. Petaluma is also historical, for great and not so great things. So close to many other awesome towns with great things to try and experience!
It's a 13 mile commute from my house to the high school I attend in a neighboring city, which amounts to just over 20 minutes by car. I never get tired of the drive, though, since the undivided highway I take snakes past cute old houses and under leaning tree boughs. I made a similar commute in 7th and 8th grade, to a middle school in yet another town. I guess the only real complaint I have about Petaluma is around their schooling. Even so, the schools here aren't even that bad; my parents just had high standards. Although I attended schools all over the county, I found that regardless of the city I was in, my most interesting classmates and favorite teachers were the ones who lived and had grown up in Petaluma.
Living here, I've gotten to not only experience the unique feel of Petaluma, but also that of Sebastopol, Sonoma County's hippie central; the city of Sonoma, where the rich plant their vineyards; and even San Francisco, which is less than an hour's drive away in light traffic.