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Overall Niche Grade
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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 dense 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
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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Petaluma Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    226.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    50.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    44.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    249.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,089.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    110.9
    284

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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It’s a great town! It’s quiet, and wonderfully located; not too far from a number of state and regional parks, a short drive from the coast, and has a great downtown district with incredible restaurants. More than anything, I love the welcoming solitude you can feel living near the country out here.
I love living here. It’s beautiful, charming, convenient without being busy. Fun without being hectic. It’s small enough to feel homey. The neighborhoods downtown are filled with beautiful Victorian homes. Main complaint is the affordability. Rent and housing is ridiculously expensive, making cost of living difficult for anyone below upper middle class. It’s fairly gentrified so not great in terms of diversity. Proximity to the coast keeps weather cool and a short and beautiful drive to the beach. Lots of farmland and local fresh produce is easy to come by.