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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population10,952
Male Share of the Population47.2%
Female Share of the Population52.8%
Senior Citizens28.1%
Employed Population 16+5,045
Age of the Population51

Families

% of people married48%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher42.6%
Median Earnings25+$41,615
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,263

Wealth

Median Family Income$94,229
% Above Poverty Level89.3%
% Below Poverty Level10.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home10.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work7.3%
% Using Public Transportation2.9%

Housing

People Living Alone39%
Median Gross Rent$1,552
Median House Value$621,100

Ancestry

Irish22.4%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)20.2%
German15.4%
English13.1%
Italian11.6%
French Except Basque6.1%
Scottish4.3%
Norwegian3.1%
Polish2.2%
Dutch2.1%
Swedish1.7%
Danishn1.5%
Portuguese1.2%
Russian1.2%
Austrian1%
Welsh0.9%
Swiss0.8%
Czech0.8%
Iranian0.7%
Ukrainian0.4%
Greek0.3%
Canadian0.3%
US/American0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Belgian0.2%
Arab0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Romanian0.1%
New Zealand0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Sonoma Almanac

CategoryValue
County Sonoma County
Standard Zip Codes95476
Phone Area Codes707
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude38.24
Approximate Longitude-122.46

Sonoma Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSONOMA
Distance0.8 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
Distance17.8 miles
Jan Temp40 to 58 F
Apr Temp46 to 70 F
Jul Temp53 to 82 F
Oct Temp49 to 77 F
Annual Precip31 inches
StationANGWIN PAC UNION COL
Distance19 miles
Jan Temp39 to 53 F
Apr Temp43 to 66 F
Jul Temp55 to 86 F
Oct Temp50 to 72 F
Annual Precip40.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
American Canyon20,334$92,833
Cotati7,415$83,903
Napa79,567$80,276
Petaluma59,757$92,393
Rohnert Park41,928$74,543
Yountville2,991$121,094

Sonoma Hospitals

Sonoma Valley Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
347 Andrieux Street

Sonoma Public Schools

Adele Harrison Middle
1150 Brd.way
ZIP: 95476
Middle
Total Enrollment 418
Altimira Middle
17805 Arnold Dr.
ZIP: 95476
Middle
Total Enrollment 539
Creekside High
950 Brd.way
ZIP: 95476
High
Total Enrollment 38
El Verano Elementary
18606 Riverside Dr.
ZIP: 95476
Primary
Total Enrollment 446
Flowery Elementary
17600 Sonoma Hwy.
ZIP: 95476
Primary
Total Enrollment 348
Prestwood Elementary
343 E. Macarthur St.
ZIP: 95476
Primary
Total Enrollment 436
Sassarini Elementary
652 Fifth St. W.
ZIP: 95476
Primary
Total Enrollment 378
Sonoma Charter
17202 Sonoma Hwy.
ZIP: 95476
Primary
Total Enrollment 219
Sonoma Valley High
20000 Brd.way
ZIP: 95476
High
Total Enrollment 1312
Woodland Star Charter
17811 Arnold Dr.
ZIP: 95476
Primary
Total Enrollment 230

Sonoma Private Schools

Archbishop Hanna High School
17000 Arnold Dr
ZIP: 95476
Secondary
Total Enrollment 102
Crescent Montessori School
276 E Napa St
ZIP: 95476
Elementary
Total Enrollment 42
Soloquest School & Learning Center
414 W Napa St Ste 404
ZIP: 95476
Secondary
Total Enrollment 4
Sonoma Valley Academy
276 E Napa St
ZIP: 95476
Secondary
Total Enrollment 16
Sonoma Valley Christian School
542 1st St E
ZIP: 95476
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
The Presentation School
20872 Broadway
ZIP: 95476
Elementary
Total Enrollment 185
Sources :
Study Online in Sonoma
Historic Sonoma

photo

By the creek between 1900 and 1920
Additional Resources
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