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A+ Santa Rosa Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Santa Rosa Cost of Living Cost of living is 8% higher than California
Santa Rosa
14949% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Santa Rosa cost of living
C- Santa Rosa Crime Total crime is 24% lower than California
Total crime
2,24918% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4518% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-20%Year over year crime is down
Santa Rosa crime
C- Santa Rosa Employment Household income is 2% lower than California
Median household income
$62,70513% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$31,5746% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%equal to the US average
Santa Rosa employment
C- Santa Rosa Housing Home value is 1% higher than California
Median home value
$414,800125% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,37144% higher than the US average
Home ownership
52%18% lower than the US average
Santa Rosa real estate or Santa Rosa rentals
F Santa Rosa Schools HS graduation rate is 4% higher than California
High school grad. rates
83%equal to the US average
School test scores
37%24% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
19:121% higher than the US average
Santa Rosa K-12 schools or Santa Rosa colleges

Living in Santa Rosa, CA

Santa Rosa, California is a moderately-sized city with a population of 173,165 people. Santa Rosa has a population density of 4,193 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. If we look at the most recent Census, Santa Rosa is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Santa Rosa are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 24% of the population also speak Spanish. Santa Rosa has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 71% of the population is classified as married and 57% have kids.

Whether you’re moving to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Santa Rosa could be a positive experience compared to other cities in California if you know where to look. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, weather, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Santa Rosa and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Santa Rosa to California and the national average.

With a livability score of 66/100, Santa Rosa is ranked #16,343 in the United States and #597 in California. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Santa Rosa has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+) and weather (B-). There are some categories that Santa Rosa ranks poorly for, including: cost of living (F) and education (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to figure out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Santa Rosa on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Up & Away Ballooning, Getaway Adventures, and Safari West.

Santa Rosa real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Santa Rosa. Median real estate prices in Santa Rosa come in at $414,800, which is 1.3% higher than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Santa Rosa, the home price to income ratio is 6.6, which is 3.1% higher than the California average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Santa Rosa area were 6.1% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 11%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Compare Santa Rosa, CA Livability To Other Cities

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Everything is Rosy in Santa Rosa, CA

I have always loved to travel. Last year, I got the opportunity to visit Sonoma Valley. Fortunately, one of my friends had convinced me to book at Historical Hotel La Rose, in Santa Rosa. Staying in a historical hotel allowed me to experience the history of Santa Rosa which is well preserved in many period buildings, around courthouse and railroad squares.

I must admit that the center of Santa Rosa is itself a museum where visitors can find plenty of shops, restaurants, attractions and other entertainment. As a gateway to Sonoma valley, almost every corner of the town contains a tour operator. I could also see many historical apartment buildings. Upon my inquiry, it was a surprise that their rents were often 50 percent less than San Francisco. I was also surprosed to find that almost all of these residential buildings were immaculately maintained.

There is also a creek that flows through the city of Santa Rosa. Due to this creek, there is an abundant wildlife including lots of herons and egrets. Also, don't be surprised if you happen to come across rabbits, opossums, foxes and raccoons because the city is located on the border of a wildlife sanctuary. Santa Rosa is home to North Bay Theatre Group, which is known throughout America for providing quality performing and visual arts.
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Source: The Santa Rosa, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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