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Overview

Introduction to Petaluma, California

Petaluma is a Northern California city located about 39 miles north of San Francisco in Sonoma County's wine country. Situated on the banks of the Petaluma River, the city is bisected by U.S. Route 101 and not far from California State Highways 1, 12, 37, 116 and 121. Surrounding communities include Santa Rosa (to the north), Sonoma (to the east) and Novato (to the south).

Petaluma History

Founded in 1852 and incorporated in 1858, Petaluma had an early history as a thriving shipping and manufacturing center as well as one of early California's largest cities. For several decades spanning the turn of the 20th century, Petaluma earned fame as a poultry town and was at one time known as the "World's Egg Basket." Remnants of the great wealth accrued during this period are evident in the many of city's commercial buildings and homes which are still standing today. By mid-century, dairy farming became the city's predominant industry and has stood so until today, although the distinction is now shared with tourism and high tech industries such as telecommunications.

Petaluma Attractions

The Petaluma Historical Library and Museum, housed in a former library building constructed in 1904, contains exhibits chronicling Petaluma history dating back to the 1850s. Permanent exhibits include historical poultry and dairy items, Miwok Indian artifacts, and historical items relating to the Petaluma River. The Sgt. Richard Penry Medal of Honor Memorial Military Museum features relics dating from the Civil War to World War II, and also houses what is described as the largest military antique and collectibles store in the United States. The Petaluma Wildlife Museum features animals, minerals, fossils, prehistoric artifacts and hands-on exhibits. Historic Downtown Petaluma is the site of the city's Art and Garden Festival. Held in July, the event offers an afternoon of fine wines, tasty food, good music and art. September's annual Art in the Park outdoor art show and sale is a 50-year old event featuring a diverse blend of artistic media from painting to photography in a picturesque setting at the city's Walnut Park. Petaluma is also an ideal starting point for exploring Sonoma County's 140 wineries, the impressive California redwoods and the state's northern coastline.

Demographics

People

Total Population59,757
Male Share of the Population48.4%
Female Share of the Population51.6%
Senior Citizens15.6%
Employed Population 16+29,765
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married51.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher37.4%
Median Earnings25+$45,258
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$26,705
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,202

Wealth

Median Family Income$92,393
% Above Poverty Level91.4%
% Below Poverty Level8.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time30 minutes
% Working from Home7.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.9%
% Using Public Transportation2.7%

Housing

People Living Alone24.6%
Median Gross Rent$1,548
Median House Value$498,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)32.2%
Irish15.2%
German13.9%
English11.4%
Italian10.7%
French Except Basque3.3%
Scottish2.7%
Portuguese2.3%
Swedish2.2%
Polish2.1%
Norwegian2%
Dutch1.5%
Russian1%
Welsh1%
Swiss0.9%
Danishn0.9%
Arab0.9%
Greek0.7%
Austrian0.6%
Iranian0.5%
Hungarian0.4%
Lebanese0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Czech0.3%
Slovene0.2%
African0.2%
West Indian0.2%
US/American0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Basque0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Macedonian0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Haitian0.1%
US Virgin Isl0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Maltese0.1%
Australian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Cape Verdean0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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Petaluma Almanac

CategoryValue
County Sonoma County
Standard Zip Codes94999, 94952, 94954
P.O. Box Zip Codes94953, 94955, 94975
Phone Area Codes707
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude38.32
Approximate Longitude-122.64

Petaluma Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPETALUMA FIRE STA 2
Distance2.5 miles
Jan Temp39 to 58 F
Apr Temp44 to 70 F
Jul Temp52 to 83 F
Oct Temp48 to 77 F
Annual Precip25.8 inches
StationSONOMA
Distance10.3 miles
Jan Temp37 to 58 F
Apr Temp43 to 72 F
Jul Temp52 to 90 F
Oct Temp46 to 80 F
Annual Precip30.6 inches
StationSANTA ROSA
Distance15.7 miles
Jan Temp40 to 58 F
Apr Temp46 to 70 F
Jul Temp53 to 82 F
Oct Temp49 to 77 F
Annual Precip31 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cotati7,415$83,903
Novato54,790$106,833
Rohnert Park41,928$74,543
Santa Rosa173,165$72,825
Sebastopol7,630$59,167
Sonoma10,952$94,229

Petaluma Hospitals

Petaluma Valley Hospital
(Non-profit)
400 North Mc Dowell Boulevard

Petaluma Public Schools

Dunham Charter
4111 Roblar Rd.
ZIP: 94952
Primary
Total Enrollment 192
Grant Elementary
200 Grant Ave.
ZIP: 94952
Primary
Total Enrollment 385
Liberty Elementary
170 Liberty Sch Rd.
ZIP: 94952
Primary
Total Enrollment 164
Live Oak Charter
100 Gnoss Concourse, Bldg. 1
ZIP: 94952
Primary
Total Enrollment 284
Cinnabar Elementary
286 Skillman Ln.
ZIP: 94952
Primary
Total Enrollment 21
Mary Collins Charter School At Cherry Valley
1001 Cherry St.
ZIP: 94952
Primary
Total Enrollment 431
Dunham Elementary
4111 Roblar Rd.
ZIP: 94952
Middle
Total Enrollment 9
Carpe Diem High (continuation)
199 Fair St.
ZIP: 94952
High
Total Enrollment 22
Laguna Elementary
2657 Chileno Valley Rd.
ZIP: 94952
Primary
Total Enrollment 17
Union Elementary
5300 Red Hill Rd.
ZIP: 94952
Primary
Total Enrollment 9
Petaluma High
201 Fair St.
ZIP: 94952
High
Total Enrollment 1348
Crossroads
700 Bantam Way
ZIP: 94952
Middle
Total Enrollment 18
San Antonio High (continuation)
500 Vallejo St.
ZIP: 94952
High
Total Enrollment 75
Valley Oaks Elementary (alternative)
540 Vallejo St.
ZIP: 94952
Primary
Mckinley Elementary
110 Ellis St.
ZIP: 94952
Primary
Total Enrollment 262
Liberty Primary
170 Liberty Sch Rd.
ZIP: 94952
Primary
Total Enrollment 45
Mcnear Elementary
605 Sunnyslope Ave.
ZIP: 94952
Primary
Total Enrollment 398
Petaluma Junior High
700 Bantam Way
ZIP: 94952
Middle
Total Enrollment 698
Valley Vista Elementary
730 N. Webster St.
ZIP: 94952
Primary
Total Enrollment 345
Valley Oaks High (alternative)
540 Vallejo St.
ZIP: 94952
High
Total Enrollment 65
Cinnabar Charter
286 Skillman Ln.
ZIP: 94952
Primary
Total Enrollment 236
Wilson Elementary
3775 Bodega Ave.
ZIP: 94952
Primary
Total Enrollment 234
Lincoln Elementary
1300 Hicks Valley Rd.
ZIP: 94952
Primary
Two Rock Elementary
5001 Spring Hill Rd.
ZIP: 94952
Primary
Total Enrollment 161
Sixth Grade Charter Academy At Petaluma Jr. High
700 Bantam Way
ZIP: 94952
Middle
Total Enrollment 61
La Tercera Elementary
1600 Albin Way
ZIP: 94954
Primary
Total Enrollment 339
Sonoma Mountain High (continuation)
299 Casa Grande Rd.
ZIP: 94954
High
Total Enrollment 23
Miwok Valley Language Academy Charter
1010 St. Francis Dr.
ZIP: 94954
Primary
Total Enrollment 400
Corona Creek Elementary
1851 Hartman Ln.
ZIP: 94954
Primary
Total Enrollment 493
Loma Vista Immersion Academy
207 Maria Dr.
ZIP: 94954
Primary
Total Enrollment 231
Casa Grande High
333 Casa Grande Rd.
ZIP: 94954
High
Total Enrollment 1721
Sonoma Mountain Elementary
1900 Rainier Cir.
ZIP: 94954
Primary
Total Enrollment 441
Meadow Elementary
880 Maria Dr.
ZIP: 94954
Primary
Total Enrollment 447
River Montessori Elementary Charter
3880 Cypress Dr. Ste. B
ZIP: 94954
Primary
Total Enrollment 171
Old Adobe Elementary Charter
2856 Adobe Rd.
ZIP: 94954
Primary
Total Enrollment 304
Gateway To College Academy
Santa Rosa Jr College, 680 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy.
ZIP: 94954
High
Total Enrollment 71
Mcdowell Elementary
421 S. Mcdowell Blvd.
ZIP: 94954
Primary
Total Enrollment 249
Kenilworth Junior High
800 Riesling Rd.
ZIP: 94954
Middle
Total Enrollment 896

Petaluma Private Schools

St Vincent De Paul High School
849 Keokuk St
ZIP: 94952
Secondary
Total Enrollment 331
Spring Hill Montessori
825 Middlefield Dr
ZIP: 94952
Elementary
Total Enrollment 29
Little Oaks Montessori Preschool & Kindergarten
715 Petaluma Blvd N
ZIP: 94952
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
St Vincent Elementary School
Union & Howard St
ZIP: 94952
Elementary
Total Enrollment 295
Cypress School
3835 Cypress Dr Ste 103
ZIP: 94954
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 40
Harvest Christian School
3700 Lakeville Hwy Ste 210
ZIP: 94954
Elementary
Total Enrollment 143
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