Sonoma, CA
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Sonoma is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 11,037 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Sonoma is the 407th largest community in California.

Sonoma home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Sonoma real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Sonoma is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.31% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Sonoma is a city of professionals, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Sonoma who work in management occupations (14.67%), office and administrative support (13.35%), and teaching (8.01%).

Of important note, Sonoma is also a city of artists. Sonoma has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Sonoma’s character.

Also of interest is that Sonoma 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: 9.58% 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.

One of the nice things about Sonoma is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

The citizens of Sonoma are among the most well-educated in the nation: 40.49% of adults in Sonoma have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Sonoma in 2010 was $45,197, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $180,788 for a family of four. However, Sonoma contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Sonoma home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Sonoma residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Sonoma also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.10% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Sonoma include German, English, Italian, and French .

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