Santa Rosa 62 Below average
Santa Rosa Livability #818 ranked city in California#20,629 ranked city in the USARanks better than 29% of areas
A+ Santa Rosa Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Santa Rosa Cost of Living Cost of living is 7% higher than California
Santa Rosa
15050% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Santa Rosa cost of living
D- Santa Rosa Crime Total crime is 18% lower than California
Total crime
2,12010% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4810% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
1%Year over year crime is up
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
C- Santa Rosa Schools HS graduation rate is 4% higher than California
High school grad. rates
83%equal to the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
19:121% higher than the US average
Santa Rosa K-12 schools
D- Santa Rosa User Ratings There are a total of 26 ratings in Santa Rosa
Overall user rating
53% 26 total ratings
User reviews rating
56% 5 total reviews
User surveys rating
51% 21 total surveys
all Santa Rosa poll results

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      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.

      Santa Rosa transportation information

      StatisticSanta RosaCaliforniaNational
      Average one way commute22min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work77.7%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool10.4%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.7%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.3%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.6%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home5.3%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Santa Rosa, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).