Introduction to Cotati, California

Cotati, California, in Sonoma county, is 7 miles NW of Petaluma, California and 41 miles NW of San Francisco, California

Cotati History

The city of Cotati was officially incorporated in 1963. In 1827, Irishman John Thomas Reed built a cabin near Crane Creek. After it was burned by the natives, he went back to the south to Mill Valley. The community was greatly affected by the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. The Cotati Depot was built by the Northwestern Pacific Railroad in 1907. The community of Cotati was named for the nearby Miwok Village.

Cotati and nearby Attractions

  • Point Reyes National Seashore
  • Sharpsteen Museum
  • Sonoma Valley Regional Park
  • Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center
  • Maxwell Farms Regional Park
  • Marin Museum of the American Indian

Things To Do In Cotati

The Six Flags Marine World, Safari West Wildlife Preserve, Vallejo Aquarium and the Adobe Pumpkin Farm are all nearby. Local parks include the Austin Creek State Recreation Area, the Maxwell Farms Regional Park, the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the Sonoma Valley Regional Park. The Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center, the Novato History Museum and the Petaluma Museum are accessible from Cotati as well. The Grapevine Shopping Center and the Rancho Cotati Shopping Center are the local shopping centers.

Cotati Transportation

Air transportation is available from Metropolitan Oakland International Airport.

Cotati Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at Sonoma State University, Napa Valley College and the University of San Francisco.


Total Population 7,376
Male Share of the Population 46%
Female Share of the Population 54%
Senior Citizens 10%
Employed Population 16+ 3,898
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 44.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $83,342
% Above Poverty Level 87.3%
% Below Poverty Level 12.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%


People Living Alone 25.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,214
Median House Value $410,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 36.6%
US/American 0.1%
English 10.1%
Irish 17.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Cotati Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles NW of Petaluma, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 41 miles NW of San Francisco, California
County Sonoma
Standard Zip Codes 94928, 94931
P.O. Box Zip Codes 94927
Company Zip Codes 94926
Phone Area Codes 707
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.326
Longitude -122.706

Cotati Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 5.2 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 58 F
Apr Temp 44 to 70 F
Jul Temp 52 to 83 F
Oct Temp 48 to 77 F
Annual Precip 25.8 inches
Distance 8.5 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 58 F
Apr Temp 46 to 70 F
Jul Temp 53 to 82 F
Oct Temp 49 to 77 F
Annual Precip 31 inches
Station GRATON
Distance 11.4 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 57 F
Apr Temp 41 to 70 F
Jul Temp 49 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 77 F
Annual Precip 40.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Novato 54,133 $100,471
Petaluma 59,340 $90,608
Rohnert Park 41,651 $70,800
Santa Rosa 172,066 $70,201
Sebastopol 7,583 $63,333
Sonoma 10,897 $93,059

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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