Introduction to Rohnert Park, California

Rohnert Park, California, in Sonoma county, is 7 miles S of Santa Rosa, California (center to center) and 42 miles N of San Francisco, California. Most of the neighborhoods were developed around a park and an elementary school. The surrounding area features farms and grazing land. Sonoma county is one of the prominent wine producing locations in the world.

Rohnert Park History

The region was initially inhabited by the Coast Miwok Indians. In 1844 Captain Juan Castenada was given the Rancho Cotate by the Mexican Government which contained the area now called Rohnert Park. Dr. Thomas S. Page purchased Rancho Cotate in 1849 and divided up the land and sold it to settlers. The town was named in tribute to the Rohnert family which owned the successful Rohnert Seed Farm. The municipality was laid out based on a neighborhood concept. It was incorporated as a city in 1962.

Rohnert Park Attractions

  • Speckles Performing Arts Center.
  • Sonoma State University Art Gallery.
  • Rohnert Park Association for the Arts.
  • Rohnert Park Chamber Orchestra.
  • Sonoma State University Center for the Performing Arts.

Rohnert Park Activities

The city offers a large number of parks for recreational activities. The Sonoma Valley and nearby Napa Valley feature excellent wineries and are popular tourist destinations. Annadel State Park includes areas for hiking and features a variety of attractive wildflowers. The Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve is a vast acreage and offers visitors a notable scenic trail. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park includes an extensive trail system and provides spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Sierra Nevada for those who reach the summit of Bald Mountain.

The nearby Tomales Bay State Park is a coastal area which includes sheltered coves, beach areas and a forest featuring Bishop pines. Cloverdale River Park has a small beach area and is popular for fishing and includes river access for kayakers. Crane Creek Regional Park has a rolling meadows landscape and is a great location for hiking, bicycle riding, picnicking and horseback riding. Golfers enjoy Foxtail Golf Club and the nearby cources.

Rohnert Park Higher Education

The city is home to Sonoma State University.


Total Population 41,651
Male Share of the Population 46.1%
Female Share of the Population 53.9%
Senior Citizens 10.7%
Employed Population 16+ 20,706
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 39.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.9%
Median Earnings25+ $37,578
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,267
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,445


Median Family Income $70,800
% Above Poverty Level 84.8%
% Below Poverty Level 15.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation 2.1%


People Living Alone 28.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,317
Median House Value $323,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.5%
US/American 0.1%
English 7.7%
Irish 11.9%

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

Rohnert Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles S of Santa Rosa, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 42 miles N of San Francisco, California
County Sonoma
Standard Zip Codes 94928
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 38.339
Longitude -122.7

Rohnert Park Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.7 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 7.7 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 11.1 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
Cotati 7,376 $83,342
Petaluma 59,340 $90,608
Santa Rosa 172,066 $70,201
Sebastopol 7,583 $63,333
Sonoma 10,897 $93,059
St. Helena 5,943 $102,197

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 27.1

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Student/teacher ratio: 28.7

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Serves 114 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

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Serves 34 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

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