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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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-

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%

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

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 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!
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I've been living in Santa Rosa for my entire life and have enjoyed everything about Santa Rosa! First things first, Santa Rosa is a joyous city that features activities all year round. For example the Fair that comes near the end of every summer, or the Wednesday Night Markets that occur near downtown. Another great thing about Santa Rosa is how close it is to other great places; such as Napa, San Francisco, Sacramento and the coast. Santa Rosa is a great environment for families to enjoy the warm weather in the summer, and the chilly days of winter.
I moved to Santa Rosa as a ten year old and have loved the eight years I have spent here! The community is incredibly accepting and friendly to one another. The schools I have attended have shaped me into a much stronger and intelligent person than I thought possible. The downtown scene has greatly developed over the past few years. It is not an incredibly affordable area on average, but there are certainly areas were cheaper apartments can be found.