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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    D+
  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
    B+
Santa Rosa is a city in California with a population of 181,038. Santa Rosa is in Sonoma County. Living in Santa Rosa offers residents a dense 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
181,038

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$490,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,531
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%
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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
    327.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    82.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    70.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    273.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,167.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    174.8
    284

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
    12%
  • 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
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

Working in Santa Rosa

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$71,347
National
$55,322
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Santa Rosa Reviews

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I have grown up in the city of Santa Rosa and I honestly believe it is a huge part of who I am today. It is very family friendly, the town as a whole is a strong community especially since we have faced many crisis’ that have made our community strong and whole. The atmosphere is very welcoming and diverse which is why I love my town so much. With it being very into the wine culture, there’s many activities that are suitable for adults. For kids and teenagers there are many schools throughout the town that give incredible circulars and amazing sports teams. With many schools it creates high competition between the local school which make sports game very fun! Overall my experience with Santa Rosa is incredible, I was so blessed to have been raised here and could see myself easing my family here as well.
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A rare melting pot. Great neighborhoods, churches, careers, schools and diversity. Excellent towns that branch out too. Amazing skies and weather. Few too many homeless but areas are generally safe. Experienced a few too many wildfires too but a great starter place!
Been here 7.5 yrs. Like it but don't love it. It's a pretty town/area. If you don't have a good job here, you'll feel poor. Rent is through the roof! IF U CAN'T pay STUPID high $$ in rent Don't move here unless u got some kinda sweet deal!We own our home & it's gone up since we bought. Really nice being close to the beach. Weather pretty good overall but wild fires/drought becoming a real problem in this area. (been evacuated twice!) Restaurants are hit or miss. The Mexican food in this town should be better than it is given the number of Mexicans here but its only so so. The working class and lower middle class here are beginning to leave to find cheaper places to live. The rich people of this city don't seem to do much to help aside from attend events to raise money. Homes are 30-40% overpriced. Like many other places in America, the distance between the people w/ means and the people who struggle is widening and it is sad to watch. If you come here do your homework completely.