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 61,917 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, Petaluma isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Petaluma are a mix 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 (12.16%), sales jobs (11.21%), and office and administrative support (10.17%).
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.
A relatively large number of people in Petaluma telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.49% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
The citizens of Petaluma are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 39.75% of adults in Petaluma have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Petaluma in 2010 was $42,868, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $171,472 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 21.06% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Petaluma include German, Irish, Italian, English, and French.
In addition, Petaluma has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (15.32%).
The most common language spoken in Petaluma is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.