Petaluma, CA
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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 60,438 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 sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Petaluma who work in office and administrative support (13.59%), sales jobs (12.04%), and management occupations (11.13%).

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 population of Petaluma is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 36.45% of adults in Petaluma have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Petaluma in 2010 was $35,239, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $140,956 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 23.36% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Petaluma include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

In addition, Petaluma has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.16%).

The most common language spoken in Petaluma is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.