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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-
About Santa Rosa...
Population
173,165

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$414,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,371
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    48%
  • Own
    52%
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Santa Rosa Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    248
    283
  • Murder
    3
    6
  • Rape
    51
    41
  • Robbery
    69
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    293
    500
  • Theft
    1,183
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    231
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$62,705
National
$55,322
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

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Santa Rosa Reviews

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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!
I have been living in Santa Rosa for five years now and I feel very fortunate to have found a place in Bennett Valley to call home. Living in this corner of the city I have access to beautiful parks not more than five minutes away as well as my job and school. Living downtown Santa Rosa was nice when I first got here but the homelessness increased drastically and housing prices shot up making it near impossible to afford and unsafe. Downtown Santa Rosa has improved with new business and several new housing options. Overall I have been fortunate living here and enjoy the incredible natural beauty and variety of people who live here. I was able to get a large portion of my education free at the Santa Rosa Junior College with the Bog Governors wavier fee. The Junior College is one of the best and most beautiful in the country. After the recent fires from last year it seems the the community is passionate to recover and continue improving! I am glad to be living here.