Located in the heart of California’s wine country, there is a gem of a city. Santa Rosa is located 55 miles north of San Francisco, and is the seat of Sonoma County. With an ethnically diverse population of 175,155, Santa Rosa is the largest city between Portland and San Francisco.
The wine industry plays a major role in Santa Rosa’s economy, and you will find over 100 wineries and vineyards in the area. In addition to its vibrant wine industry, Santa Rosa is smack in the middle of farm country, and farmers markets are a regular thing here. Santa Rosa is also a hub for technology, retail and tourism. Major employers include Medtronic, Kaiser Permante and several medical centers.
There are countless things to see and do in Santa Rosa. Outdoor enthusiasts have many choices here, with 66 parks that offer miles of trails and open spaces. Explore the Safari West wildlife preserve, with over 1,000 animals representing 98 species. And don’t forget about the amazing redwood trees of the Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve.
Some famous people set their roots in Santa Rosa. Horticulturist Luther Burbank, born in 1849, lived for over 50 years in Santa Rosa, where he cross-bred plants to create over 800 new plant species. His home and gardens are now a City Historic Landmark in Santa Rosa. Another famous person to live in Santa Rosa was Charles Schultz, the creator of the cartoon “Peanuts,” and you can see Charlie Brown and Snoopy and the rest of the Peanut Gallery at the Charles M. Schulz Museum.
Like other major cities, Santa Rosa has many cultural and arts offerings, including a symphony, a performing arts center and theater productions. The Wells Fargo Center for the Arts offers a range of galleries, exhibitions and musical concerts.
Santa Rosa has an energetic downtown, with many local stores, restaurants, bars, cafes and craft beer shops. At night, most of the Sonoma Wine Country breweries, restaurants and lounges turn into live music venues and dance clubs.
The median home value in Santa Rosa Metro is $587,433. Bennett Valley, located near a golf course, is a popular neighborhood in Santa Rosa. Howarth Park and Annadel Park are known for good schools and their proximity to the downtown area, restaurants, theaters and wineries.
Santa Rosa is a warm and friendly city, with an urban infusion of art and culture, and could be just what you are looking for.