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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Sonoma is a town in California with a population of 11,014. Sonoma is in Sonoma County. Living in Sonoma offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Sonoma there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Sonoma and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Sonoma are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$686,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,708
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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Sonoma Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    313.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    35.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    44.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    205.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,190.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    71.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    9%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    29%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Sonoma

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$76,964
National
$55,322
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Sonoma Reviews

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Sonoma is a very stereotypical small town. The town is geared more towards an older population which often leaves the younger residents feeling at a loss for things to do. I personally have two small children and like that there are more than a handful of park and play area options to take my children to but as a younger woman there isn't much for me to do outside of my kids. The nightlife is lacking and the affordability of Sonoma is non existent. This town is geared toward upper and upper middle class individuals and pricing for everything mirrors that fact. I would love to see more affordable restaurants and shops start popping up around town but overall it is a quiet and beautiful place and I feel fortunate to be able to live here.
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I have lived in Sonoma since I was five years old. It is beautiful, small, old fashioned, and is mostly peaceful. I wish the tourism toward the wineries could cut back a bit though. It is becoming really expensive to live here and we're losing a lot of cool old shops and slowly getting more wineries and industry-chain stores like Nugget market. However, we still have some cool shops and great history.
Sonoma is a town of that everyone knows one another. its a town of peace and humbleness. great place to take a vacation and relax, forget about your troubles and walk through historic landmarks, eat at the most amazing restaurants around one of the most biggest squares in California. Drink wine and stay in a 5 star hotels or amazing bed and breakfasts. you won't regreat coming to Sonoma!