B+
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
$386,100
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,315
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%

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
    217
    273
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    51
    41
  • Robbery
    75
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    364
    525
  • Theft
    1,834
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    255
    263

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$61,050
National
$53,889
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    11%
  • 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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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.
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I've lived in Santa Rosa for 23 years. The segregation between the vast latino population and the anglo population is very strong. The latino population is very predominant on the west side of town while the anglo population is predominant in the east side of town. Although the segregation keeps both cultures apart, there is an overall sense that there is no racism here. Most people respect each other, most just mind their business and don't try to provoke altercations. On the other hand, there is a small drug user population and homeless population. While the homeless are harmless, the drug user population can damage your property or you may see altercations on the street. I have personally never been attacked nor has my property ever been damaged.Schools are decent, people are decent in general, theres definitely a small nightlife in downtown area plus it is close to everything!
Santa Rosa is a beautiful place to live. However, it is extremely expensive. It is close to sea, snow, mountains, the city... basically anything you want to be close to! It is big enough to have a good amount of job opportunity but not so big you feel lost. It is mostly safe, although there are definitely neighborhoods to stay away from. It has a lot of family friendly events at local parks that are usually free. Real estate is terrible right now, rent is ridiculous. It is not very diverse but there are definitely all kinds of people in town. There are many other smaller towns surrounding Santa Rosa, like Petaluma and Sebastopol to find jobs in without a terrible commute. I