Petaluma is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 60,520 people and 15 constituent neighborhoods, Petaluma is the 148th largest community in California.
Housing costs in Petaluma are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Petaluma is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Petaluma is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Petaluma who work in management occupations (12.62%), sales jobs (11.25%), and office and administrative support (10.08%).
Also of interest is that Petaluma has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.67% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Petaluma is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
One downside of living in Petaluma is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Petaluma, the average commute to work is 30.28 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.
The education level of Petaluma ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Petaluma, 40.40% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Petaluma in 2018 was $45,455, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $181,820 for a family of four. However, Petaluma contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Petaluma is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Petaluma home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Petaluma residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Petaluma also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 21.90% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Petaluma include Irish, German, Italian, English, and French.
Petaluma also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.66%.
The most common language spoken in Petaluma is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.