Santa Rosa

The acclaimed craft brew capital and the county seat of Sonoma County.

Welcome to Santa Rosa

A growing and dynamic suburban neighborhood with something unique to offer to everyone.
 
Located at the heart of the Wine Country of California, Santa Rosa is the acclaimed craft brew capital and the county seat of Sonoma County. The city is best known as the former home of Charles M. Schulz, a legendary cartoonist and peanut creator.
 
Santa Rosa was founded in 1833 when a wealthy Mexican family established ranch lands in the area. The years following the end of WWII until now have seen Santa Rosa neighborhoods experience population growth due to the many real estates and development projects. The city is surrounded by many farmlands, vineyards, and orchards that nourish its residents.
 

What to Love

  • Great wine and beer tasting
  • In the middle of everything you could need or want
  • Many lakes, parks, and diverse wildlife
  • City vibe in a suburban setting
  • Art and sculptures

Local Lifestyle

Although it's officially the largest city in the Wine Country, many of the neighborhoods in Santa Rosa provide a chic, luxurious suburban feel. The expensive neighborhoods are appealing to any lifestyle. As such, the city has a significant population of young people, retirees, and tech-savvy professionals. If you're planning to buy a home here, the growing and dynamic communities in Downtown, Fountain Grove, Bennett Valley, and Historic Railroad Square communities won't disappoint.
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Stylish and trendy come to mind when you think of dining and shopping in Santa Rosa. Monty’s, Bird in the Bottle and Willi’s Wine Bar are part of the Stark restaurant world in Wine Country, and you will never be disappointed with what they serve you. Goguette Bread, Miracle Plum and Sonoma County Meats are great shops for provisioning a dinner or picnic
 
Take your family to dinner at The Spinster Sisters, where you can enjoy a wide range of New American dishes in a modern, luxurious, and well-curated dinner table setting.
 
Time for shopping? Montgomery Village, an open-air shopping mall, offers dozens of high-end retail stores and restaurants and has ample free parking. The many venues also mean a lot of events in the mall.
 
Don't miss an opportunity to visit the Charles M. Schulz Museum to enjoy collections of rare exhibits. You can even shop for art and other beautiful things from the museum store.
 

Things to Do

Santa Rosa is bustling with events, concerts, and festivals from January to December. As a decades-old tradition, residents can never miss the summer Sonoma County Fair. The fair features horse racing, innovative family entertainment, and more! Besides, the venue where the fair is held, The Fairgrounds, hosts more than 200 festivals, concerts, and various shows throughout the year, including the Harvest Fair in October.
 
Trione-Annadel State Park offers breathtaking scenic landscape views and trails for hiking, mountain biking, and trail riding. You can even swim or fish black bass or bluegill on Lake IIsanjo within the park.
 
The annual Santa Rosa Vintage Airshow presents a weekend filled with fun and a lot of excitement with family or friends. It features acrobatic demonstrations and exhibitions of vintage aircraft.
 
Every February, Santa Rosa knows that it's time for the release of Pliny the Younger. This Triple IPA beer release event, featuring locally brewed beer by Russian River Brewing Company, is accompanied by a two-week concert that gathers the local and international community together.
 

Schools

Santa Rosa is served by some of the best-rated schools in Sonoma County. Some notable ones include:
 
  • Sonoma Academy, grades 9-12, ranked #1 best private high school in Sonoma County

Overview for Santa Rosa, CA

203,161 people live in Santa Rosa, where the median age is 41.4 and the average individual income is $39,222.13. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

203,161

Total Population

41.4 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$39,222.13

Average individual Income

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