Santa Rosa, CA
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Santa Rosa is a relatively large city located in the state of California. With a population of 174,972 people and 38 constituent neighborhoods, Santa Rosa is the 26th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Santa Rosa 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, Santa Rosa is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Santa Rosa is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Santa Rosa who work in office and administrative support (13.66%), sales jobs (11.88%), and management occupations (9.64%).

The education level of Santa Rosa citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.36% of adults in Santa Rosa have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Santa Rosa in 2010 was $29,890, which is middle income relative to California, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $119,560 for a family of four. However, Santa Rosa contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Santa Rosa is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Santa Rosa home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Santa Rosa residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Santa Rosa also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 30.41% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Santa Rosa include Irish, English, Italian, and European.

Santa Rosa also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 18.85%.

The most common language spoken in Santa Rosa is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.