Calistoga, California

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Calistoga, California

Introduction to Calistoga, California

Calistoga, California, in Napa county, is 12 miles NE of Santa Rosa, California and 56 miles N of Oakland, California. About 5,190 people live in Calistoga.

Calistoga History

Calistoga is located in the upper Napa valley, which was initially the home of the Wappo Native Americans. The Spanish colonized the area in the late 17th century. Prior to Mexican Independence, Calistoga was the site of several villages. From 1830 to 1840, much of Napa valley was divided into large ranchos by the Mexican government, following the country's independence. The first American settlers arrived in Calistoga in 1840. The city derived its name from a combination of the words California and Saratoga.

Calistoga and nearby Attractions

  • Bothe - Napa Valley State Park
  • Old Faithful Geyser
  • Robert Louis Stevenson State Park
  • Sharpsteen Museum
  • Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park

Things To Do In Calistoga

The Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, the Robert Louis Stevenson State Park and the Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park are all accessible from Calistoga. The Old Faithful Geyser and the Sharpsteen Museum are nearby as well.

Calistoga Transportation

Flights are available from the Charles Schulz Sonoma County Airport.

Calistoga Higher Education

Sonoma State University, Napa Valley College and the College of Marin are some of the local colleges and universities.

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High Points

Calistoga strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in California):

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Calistoga Walking and Biking to Work
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 14% Calistoga Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of Calistoga, California

Comparing Calistoga to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in California (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 9 8
Senior Citizens 9 10
Racial Diversity 8 3
Well-Paid Single Men 7 6
Age of the Population 7 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 6
Well-Paid Single Women 5 6
Female Share of the Population 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 5 3
Portion of People Married 4 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 6 7
College Educated Adults 6 6
Median Family Income 5 4
People in Middle Class or Better 4 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Working at Home 10 8
Short Commute Times 7 9
Public Transportation Use 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 7
People Living Alone 8 9
Housing Recently Built 7 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 4
Affordability of Rents 3 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 7 9
Low Violent Crime 4 5

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Calistoga Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles NE of Santa Rosa, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 56 miles N of Oakland, California
County Napa
Standard Zip Codes 94515
Phone Area Codes 707
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.578
Longitude -122.578

Calistoga Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 0.7 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 59 F
Apr Temp 42 to 72 F
Jul Temp 53 to 92 F
Oct Temp 46 to 80 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches
Distance 7.9 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 53 F
Apr Temp 43 to 66 F
Jul Temp 55 to 86 F
Oct Temp 50 to 72 F
Annual Precip 40.6 inches
Distance 15.8 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 57 F
Apr Temp 46 to 73 F
Jul Temp 54 to 90 F
Oct Temp 49 to 76 F
Annual Precip 42.1 inches
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Calistoga Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,190 100%
Male 2,590 49.9%
Female 2,600 50.1%
Under 18 1,208 23.3%
18+ 3,982 76.7%
65+ 1,015 19.6%
Median Age 38.1
Average Family Size 3.2
White 3,978 76.6%
African-American 17 0.3%
Asian 51 1%
American Indian & Alaskan 51 1%
Other 914 17.6%
Mixed Race 178 3.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,978 38.1%

Estimated Calistoga Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,190
Growth 0
Growth % 0%

Calistoga Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 45.4%
German 12.3%
Italian 6.5%
Irish 6%
English 6%
US/American 2.8%
Scottish 2.3%
European 1.9%
Norwegian 1.9%
French (except Basque) 1.9%
Scotch-Irish 1.8%
Swedish 1.2%
Dutch 1.2%
Danish 1%
Russian 0.8%
South African 0.7%
Swiss 0.6%
Croatian 0.5%
Hungarian 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Czech 0.4%
French Canadian 0.4%
Greek 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.3%
Portuguese 0.3%
Iranian 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Polish 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
British West Indian 0.2%
African 0.2%
British 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Calistoga 5,190 $44,375
Healdsburg 10,722 $55,386
Rohnert Park 42,236 $61,420
Santa Rosa 147,595 $59,659
St. Helena 5,950 $68,831
Windsor 22,744 $67,992
Yountville 2,916 $56,250
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Calistoga High Schools (2004)

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1608 LAKE ST.
Serves 384 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.2

1507 GRANT ST.
A Non-traditional School
Serves 8 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8

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