Introduction to Sonoma, California

Sonoma, California, in Sonoma county, is 9 miles W of Napa, California and 35 miles N of Oakland, California. As of the year 2000 census, 9,128 people lived in Sonoma.

Sonoma History

Sonoma was originally inhabited by the Coast Miwok, Pomo and Wintun Native Americans. The city derived its name from an Indian term meaning 'nose.' The Spanish were the first to explore the area. It is the birthplace of the American California and the Bear Flag was first raised in this city on June 14, 1846. Sonoma was incorporated on September 3, 1883.

Sonoma and nearby Attractions

  • Valley Mart Shopping Center
  • Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
  • Sonoma State Historic Park
  • Vallejo Home State Historical Monument
  • Depot Park Museum
  • Train Town

Things To Do In Sonoma

Local parks include Eraldi Park, Depot Park, the Sonoma State Historic Park, Olsen Park and Hughes Park. The Vallejo Home State Historical Monument is also a notable local location. Sonoma Valley Regional Park and Maxwell Farms Regional Park are also nearby. Sonoma hosts the Sonoma Valley Film Festival every April.

Sonoma Transportation

Sonoma County Airport is nearby.

Sonoma Higher Education

Sonoma State University, Santa Rosa Junior College and Napa Valley College are all accessible from Sonoma.


Total Population 10,818
Male Share of the Population 46.2%
Female Share of the Population 53.8%
Senior Citizens 28.6%
Employed Population 16+ 4,983
Age of the Population 51


% of people married 49.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 40.5%
Median Earnings25+ $44,548
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $38,125
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,372


Median Family Income $96,064
% Above Poverty Level 92.8%
% Below Poverty Level 7.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 9.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 9.3%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%


People Living Alone 37.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,494
Median House Value $541,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.1%
US/American 0.1%
English 13.1%
Irish 21.4%

Sonoma Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles W of Napa, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 35 miles N of Oakland, California
County Sonoma
Standard Zip Codes 95476
Phone Area Codes 707
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.291
Longitude -122.456

Sonoma Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station SONOMA
Distance 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 58 F
Apr Temp 43 to 72 F
Jul Temp 52 to 90 F
Oct Temp 46 to 80 F
Annual Precip 30.6 inches
Distance 17.8 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
Distance 19 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Sonoma, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Agua Caliente (95476)

Schellville (95476)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
American Canyon 20,089 $89,954
Cotati 7,347 $75,461
Napa 78,511 $74,981
Petaluma 58,912 $89,400
Rohnert Park 41,352 $71,590
Yountville 2,977 $90,391

Sonoma Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(707) 935-5106
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 1,631 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.2

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Serves 52 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.8

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