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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Santa Rosa is a city in California with a population of 174,244. Santa Rosa is in Sonoma County. Living in Santa Rosa offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Santa Rosa there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Santa Rosa and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Santa Rosa are above average.
About Santa Rosa...
Population
174,244

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$458,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,432
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%
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Santa Rosa 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
    273.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    61.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    71.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    297.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,309.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    233
    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
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

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Santa Rosa, California has been my hometown since my birth. Growing up Santa Rosa has been drastically changed. As a child I remember lots of empty acres of land available for sale. But today, Santa Rosa is huge with some many diverse cultures. You can get some of the best local food here in Santa Rosa. Feeling like taking a Cruze? You can take the back roads and enjoy a beautiful afternoon cruzing their the vineyards and the distant hills. Even though these recent fires have divested many and I personally. Santa Rosa has not stopped working and will continue to become a better place to live. I hope own day when I reach retirement age to come back to Santa Rosa and spend the rest of my life here! SANTA ROSA STRONG!
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Santa Rosa is an overall great place to live. There are always pros and cons to every area. For example, it's a very beautiful city but very expensive to live here. It is extremely family friendly with tons to do whether you want to explore downtown or enjoy your time outside at the various regional and state parks we have here. We're in the heart of wine country with a 30 minute drive to the Bodega Bay coast or an hour to the big city of San Francisco. We're also 3 hours from Tahoe if you're into skiing or snowboarding. As stated before, it is pricy to live here and I would say that's the biggest downside. Whether you're renting or buying, you're going to be spending a lot on housing. Traffic can be bad during rush hour but it is nothing like traffic in Southern California. Overall, I have loved growing up in this beautiful city!
My home town! Fabulous, do not wish to move ever. Amazing restaurants, people, schools, stores, about everything one would need! A great place to raise a family, go to school, enjoy life. Has healthy choices for exercise, food and living all around with others who are like minded!