Petaluma

A dynamic downtown and a wealth of great local businesses.

Welcome to Petaluma

Full of exciting nightlife and beautiful residential amenities.
 
A dynamic downtown and a wealth of great local businesses welcome tourists and locals alike to Petaluma. Located in Sonoma County, California, Petaluma is known for its vibrant commercial scene and fantastic restaurants. There's something for everyone to experience in Petaluma, with new residents flocking to the city every year in order to capture a taste of the historic yet edge lifestyle that the area offers.
 

What to Love

  • Architecturally striking and full of variety
  • Highly walkable
  • Beautiful river town atmosphere
  • A paradise for food lovers
 

Local Lifestyle

From world-class breweries to charming coffee shops and bistros, Petaluma has something for everyone to enjoy. Petaluma combines the laid-back lifestyle of a river town with all the amenities of a bustling city. Every night, local bands perform at bars and other venues around the city, treating all those who listen to the sights and sounds of the Petaluma music scene, and during the day, outdoor adventures await, including beautiful parks and riverfront activities.
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

From pizza to pub-style food, there's something for every taste in Petaluma. Italian favorites await at Cucina Paradiso, a local hotspot that serves up old-school Italian food in a comfortable, casual setting. Residents and tourists alike who crave handcrafted pizza head to Old Chicago Pizza Restaurant for all their favorite pies, with their most popular being the classic Chicago deep-dish. Volpi's is a restaurant and bar that features a speakeasy-type bar and family-style portions that will satisfy the heartiest appetites.

Sugo Trattoria is a local favorite, a well-appointed restaurant that serves Italian food that is sourced from local ingredients. For steakhouse fare and an upscale atmosphere, residents of Petaluma head to Seared. Here, you can order a hand-cut steak and all the decadent sides you crave. After enjoying a delicious meal at one of Petaluma's local restaurants, take in a show at Mystic Theatre, a fantastic renovated vaudeville theater.
 

Things to Do

Festivals and parades are abundant in Petaluma which is an area rife with community spirit. That community spirit is celebrated every year at Petaluma's highly-anticipated Butter & Eggs Days Parade, which highlights local small businesses and the giving culture that the area is so well-known for. Petaluma's Salute to American Graffiti is a popular car show that celebrates the iconic '70s movie, all while giving locals a chance to get up close and personal with beautiful vintage automobiles.
 
Enjoy all the fall feels at the Petaluma Pumpkin Patch. With special events, vendors, and festive decor, this annual event welcomes both residents and tourists. Make sure to pick up plenty of pumpkins to decorate your porch or home while you are at the pumpkin patch, since these pumpkins are some of the largest and most impressive in the state.
 

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Overview for Petaluma, CA

60,050 people live in Petaluma, where the median age is 42.8 and the average individual income is $50,664. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

60,050

Total Population

42.8 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$50,664

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Petaluma, CA

Petaluma has 22,756 households, with an average household size of 2.61. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Petaluma do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 60,050 people call Petaluma home. The population density is 4,165.88 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

60,050

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

42.8

Median Age

49.91 / 50.09%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
22,756

Total Households

2.61

Average Household Size

$50,664

Average individual Income

Households with Children

With Children:

Without Children:

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Blue vs White Collar Workers

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Petaluma, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Petaluma. 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.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PUBLIC
K - 6th
1/5
Sonoma Mountain High (Continuation)
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
McKinley Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
Valley Oaks Elementary (Alternative)
PUBLIC
K - 6th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 8th
4/5
Valley Vista Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
2/5
Kenilworth Junior High
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
4/5
Valley Oaks High (Alternative)
PUBLIC
7th - 12th
No rating available
Corona Creek Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
St Vincent De Paul Elementary School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Petaluma Junior High
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
3/5
Meadow Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
The Spring Hill School
PRIVATE
PreK - 7th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
Undergrad - Undergrad
No rating available
Miwok Valley Elementary Charter
PUBLIC
K - 6th
2/5
PUBLIC
K - 6th
3/5
Carpe Diem High (Continuation)
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
Mary Collins Charter School at Cherry Valley
PUBLIC
K - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
PRIVATE
Undergrad - Undergrad
No rating available
River Montessori Elementary Charter
PUBLIC
K - 6th
2/5
Loma Vista Immersion Academy
PUBLIC
K - 6th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
San Antonio High (Continuation)
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
La Tercera Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
3/5
Sonoma Mountain Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
South County Consortium
PUBLIC
K - 12th
No rating available
Petaluma Accelerated Charter
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
5/5
St Vincent De Paul High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available

Around Petaluma, CA

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

82
Very Walkable
Walking Score
61
Bikeable
Bike Score
42
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Mexican Street Food Truck, The Oyster Girls, and Keith Giusto Bakery Supply.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining · $ 0.7 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 0.87 miles 45 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 2.48 miles 16 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.14 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.87 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.51 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
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