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A+ Petaluma Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Petaluma Cost of Living Cost of living is 16% higher than California
16060% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Petaluma cost of living
C+ Petaluma Crime Total crime is 34% lower than California
Total crime
1,93430% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5230% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-26%Year over year crime is down
Petaluma crime
B- Petaluma Employment Household income is 27% higher than California
Median household income
$80,90746% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$38,24028% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%19% lower than the US average
Petaluma employment
C- Petaluma Housing Home value is 22% higher than California
Median home value
$498,200170% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,54863% higher than the US average
Home ownership
65%3% higher than the US average
Petaluma real estate or Petaluma rentals
D+ Petaluma Schools HS graduation rate is 9% higher than California
High school grad. rates
87%5% higher than the US average
School test scores
47%5% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
19:118% higher than the US average
Petaluma K-12 schools

Living in Petaluma, CA

Petaluma, California is a moderately-sized city with a population of 59,757 inhabitants. In Petaluma, there are 4,155 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. The majority of Petaluma residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Asian and Black. Petaluma has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 76% of the population is classified as married and 55% have kids.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the town before actually living in Petaluma, California. With useful information like amenities, cost of living, employment and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Petaluma and in the areas around Petaluma is a much easier task.

Petaluma has a livability score of 70/100 and is ranked #363 in California and #10,330 in the USA. If we consider each of the categories individually, we see that Petaluma ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (B-), weather (B) and employment (B-). On a more negative note, Petaluma does not have favorable scores for the following: cost of living (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Petaluma, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Terrific Tours, Petaluma Village Factory Outlets, and Marin French Cheese Company.

Assuming that Petaluma meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Petaluma. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Petaluma are simply unattainable. The median home price for Petaluma homes is $498,200, which is 21.7% higher than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Petaluma, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 6.2, which is 3.1% lower than the California average. Real estate appreciation rates in Petaluma are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Petaluma homes comes in at 5.6%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 10.5%.

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Nice mix of city and country

Nice mix of city and country. We have been living for a year. We moved from Santa Rosa just to the north 30 minutes. Petaluma is a small town approximately 60 thousand. Much of it is rural. It has beautiful rolling hills cows with oak trees here and there. The town it self is small. It has some nice restaurants and stores. The town is on the Petaluma river. It sits on a small river that has a pretty low water level at this time. I actually miss Santa Rosa. I liked Santa Rosa more. Its bigger more parks things to do. Petaluma has a different feel I guess. It is closer to SF. If you like going there and if you have people visiting the fly in to SFO than is a bit less travel time. The airport express stops in Petaluma which is a good way to get to SFO. Over all it probably the weather thats one of the best features. Lots of sunny days, hardly ever a day you can't go outside it never snows so winters are nice.
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Petaluma, CA - Close to Everything!

Petaluma is a city in Sonoma County located in Southern California. I moved to Petamula, California only two years ago due to a job offer. It's small town atmosphere, climate, and proximity to the large cities make it a great place to live, have fun and also to raise a family.

One of the greatest things about Petaluma California is the place where it is. Not only is it a mere hour away from one of the most beautiful cities in California (San Francisco) it is also surrounded by some of the greatest scenery in the country. Although Yosemite National Park is four hours away, the scenery of those forests spills into Petaluma. I wake up everyday being surrounded by mountains, beautiful rivers and bigger than life trees. In addition to that, Petaluma also has the best climate. Although it can get fairly chilly in the winter months and at night due to the mountain air, the summers are not too hot but enjoyably warm, the falls and springs are as though from a fairy tale and in the winter, snow lovers will not be disappointed.

Petaluma has a population of just over 50,000 people, making it the perfect size place to raise a family. A majority of the neighborhoods are extremely safe, and the school district is said to be one of the best in the state. Not to mention the city has some of the most beautiful architecture, museums and landmarks in the area.

Another great thing about Petaluma is that it is close to a large city. If for example, you want to get away from the small town quiet and have a night out on the town, San Francisco awaits a beautiful hour drive away. Not to mention there you can get some of your best shopping done as well.
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Source: The Petaluma, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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