Sonoma County

The largest and arguably best wine producer in California.

Welcome to Sonoma County

Peaceful suburban lifestyle in California's largest wine county.
The bustling Sonoma County, the largest and arguably best wine producer in California, is located less than an hour north of San Francisco. For about 70 miles, the county stretches from Petaluma and Sears Point in the south to Cloverdale and Sea Ranch in the north. 

Sonoma enjoys the world-class culture of the San Francisco Bay Area while retaining its agricultural heritage and rustic charm. It also borders Napa County in the east, near the town of Sonoma, before meeting the glistening waves of the Pacific. 
Sonoma County is divided into three regions, each with its own distinct personality and charm. The stunning Pacific coastline and seaside villages are west of the county, with lush redwoods and rivers found at the center of Sonoma. The third region is the fertile valleys and vineyards stretching north to south, with oak-studded hills rising above them. These beautiful regions feature over 30 small towns, bustling cities, and quaint villages, including a few planned communities like Windsor and Rohnert Park.

What to Love 

  • The sense of community in each of Sonoma County's neighborhoods 
  • Access to a diverse range of natural environments, including mountains, rivers, lakes, the ocean, and Redwood forests
  • Convenient access to San Francisco 
  • Small-town charm
  • Fantastic wine, beer, and many world-class restaurants

Local Lifestyle 

Sonoma County has a mix of suburban and rural vibes with a small-town feel. There are many picturesque small towns, great farmers' markets, and a blend of agriculture. The friendly and welcoming locals enjoy the region's best wines and local ingredients, which make it a wine paradise.
The peaceful neighborhoods in Sonoma County are walkable, so moving around is relatively easy. Residents can walk or ride to school, but public transit is available for longer distances. 
The sense of community in each of Sonoma County's neighborhoods is unbeatable. Each town has a country market event in its downtown area during the summer that brings the community together. The farmer's market events are free and fun events for everyone to enjoy. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping 

The dining, entertainment, and shopping scenes in Sonoma County are enticing. With five-star restaurants like Single Thread Farm in Healdsburg and other relaxed upscale options like
Barndiva, and The Matheson, you can never go wrong when dining in the county. You can find delectable seafood at Sonoma Grille or other locations near the coast.
Shopping in Sonoma County includes everything from small boutiques to high-end outlets, country shops, and winery gift stores. You can head to the fine boutiques in Sonoma and Healdsburg, Santa Rosa Plaza, Petaluma Premium Outlets, and eclectic stores in Windsor and Guerneville.

Things to Do 

Sonoma County provides thrilling experiences for wine enthusiasts, nature lovers, and foodies. You can enjoy the art scene by joining major performing arts centers like the Green Music Center and the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. You can also stroll in the galleries in Healdsburg. Visit Santa Rosa's Charles M. Schulz Museum to view exhibits on the famous cartoonist and his comics.
Hiking and biking trails in the county's state and regional parks are popular among outdoor enthusiasts. Other activities available in most parks include swimming, fishing, equestrian trails, boating, and camping. 
During the winter, the annual north-to-south gray whale migration along Sonoma County's coast reaches its peak. Bodega Head is a popular whale-watching location in the county. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Nights during summer, each neighborhood within the county has live music in their downtown area that brings the community together. Don’t miss this free and fun event!

Overview for Sonoma County, CA

10,819 people live in Sonoma County, where the median age is 54.1 and the average individual income is $61,592. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Sonoma County, CA

There's plenty to do around Sonoma County, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Cassidy Ranch, Sweet, and Bossa Nova.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 3.58 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 0.14 miles 20 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 0.14 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.16 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 0.26 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 0.51 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars

Schools in Sonoma County, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Sonoma County. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Adele Harrison Middle
6th - 8th
Prestwood Elementary
K - 5th
Sassarini Elementary
K - 5th
9th - 12th
St Francis Solano School
K - 8th
No rating available
Sonoma Valley High
9th - 12th

Demographics and Employment Data for Sonoma County, CA

Sonoma County has 5,222 households, with an average household size of 2.03. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Sonoma County do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 10,819 people call Sonoma County home. The population density is 3,943.38 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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45.21 / 54.79%

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