Introduction to Sonoma, California

Sonoma, California, in Sonoma county, is 9 miles W of Napa, California and 35 miles N of Oakland, California

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 10,897
Male Share of the Population 44.8%
Female Share of the Population 55.2%
Senior Citizens 28.3%
Employed Population 16+ 5,016
Age of the Population 52


% of people married 47%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 41.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $93,059
% Above Poverty Level 89.6%
% Below Poverty Level 10.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 9.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.9%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%


People Living Alone 39.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,507
Median House Value $570,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 12.3%
Irish 22.5%

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

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 20,271 $85,685
Cotati 7,376 $83,342
Napa 79,113 $76,108
Petaluma 59,340 $90,608
Rohnert Park 41,651 $70,800
Yountville 2,985 $96,500

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

Sonoma Hospitals

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

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Sonoma High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,631 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.2

A Non-traditional School
Serves 52 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.8

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Historic Sonoma


By the creek between 1900 and 1920
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