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Santa Rosa, California is positioned just 30 minutes from the beach, an hour south of San Francisco, and has earned a reputation for its world-class wineries and breweries, near-perfect weather, its remarkable food, art and culture, diversity, excellent school systems with multiple charter schools and dual immersion programs, updated public transportation network, and an endless list of things to do all year, both indoors and out.

Yet, with all its amenities and popular destinations, Santa Rosa, California, maintains a small-town vibe with friendly neighbors and deep community spirit.

Things to Do in Santa Rosa

It’s true that you can reach remarkable destinations within an hour’s drive, there’s no need to leave home for entertainment, recreation, shopping, dining, and more.

It’d be hard to be in Santa Rosa and not at least tour some of the renowned wineries and vineyards. Tourists and visitors flock to the area just to experience the variety of vineyards from rustic to luxurious. There are over a dozen wineries to explore at a leisurely pace.

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Santa Rosa houses several historic districts with original buildings, rich in history and architectural design. Whether you’re visiting the area or enjoying living in Santa Rosa, there’s both fun and education in a historic walking tour.

Since 2006, the Arts District in Santa Rosa, California, has been drawing creatives and artists to the area. Designed with purpose, the district’s goal is to provide a place for residents and visitors to appreciate the diverse works of local artists, with exhibits at City Hall, Finley Community Center, National Arts Program, Steele Lane Community Center, and more.

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Education in Santa Rosa

Multiple school districts govern the public schools in Santa Rosa, California. Collectively, the districts manage nine elementary schools, five middle schools, six high schools, a K-8 arts charter school, a 5-6 accelerated charter school, a Spanish language dual immersion program, and a French dual immersion program.

Santa Rosa is also home to ten private schools.

The city offers three colleges and universities, including Empire College, University of San Francisco – Santa Rosa, and Santa Rosa Junior College, which is recognized as being among the best junior colleges in the country.

The Climate in Santa Rosa

There aren’t many places in the U.S. that offer weather as comfortable as California does. In fact, the ideal weather conditions are a major draw to those living in and visiting Santa Rosa, California.

The U.S. average for sunny days is 205, but Santa Rosa delivers 256 days per year that are drenched in golden rays of sunshine. High summer temperatures stay moderate at just 84 degrees in July.

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The area does receive some measurable precipitation each year, but only 76 days out of the year, which totals 38 inches of rain annually – right in line with the U.S. average.

Winter temperatures are cold but stay above freezing at 38 degrees, so the city receives no snow.

Public Transportation in Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa offers train service via the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit, better known as SMART. And bus service throughout the city is provided by Sonoma County Transit.

The Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport offers some domestic flights to certain cities from a variety of airlines, and the San Francisco International Airport is nearby for international travel.

Living in Santa Rosa, California

Santa Rosa is the county seat of and largest city in Sonoma County. Within the city, there are 35 distinct neighborhoods, including Burbank Gardens Historic District, Cherry Street Historic District, McDonald Mansion Historic District, Ridgway Historic District, St. Rose Historic District, and West End Historic District, as well as modern homes and new construction.

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There are just over 175,000 people who have chosen to tailor their lifestyles in Santa Rosa. Among its residents, Santa Rosa’s annual median household income is $75,356, slightly above the California annual median household income of $71,805.

Houses and condos in Santa Rosa, California, hold median values of $568,200, higher than the state’s average of $509,400.


Life in Santa Rosa, California, is comfortable. The city is enriched with diversity, art, culture, history, recreation, entertainment, fine and casual dining, and other forms of recreation. And, its proximity to beaches and bigger cities allows access to limitless creature comforts.

With an emphasis on education, Santa Rosa’s schools offer outstanding education through a number of public schools, private schools, and local colleges and universities.

Santa Rosa, California, with its small-town charm and big community spirit, is an ideal place to work, play, learn, and live.

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