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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 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
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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Sonoma Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    170.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    45
    40.7
  • Robbery
    62.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    323.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,312.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    36
    284
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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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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.
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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!
Sonoma is a wonderful lively small town. There is so much to do if you make the effort to get involved and look around. Obviously, the location and climate are terrific. There are restaurants for every budget - even the food trucks are first class and fun. On any given weekend, there is music everywhere in the valley. The place is welcoming and people are incredibly kind.