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 85.93% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Sonoma is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Sonoma who work in office and administrative support (13.40%), management occupations (13.20%), and teaching (8.45%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Sonoma telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.15% 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.

Sonoma 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.

The education level of Sonoma ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Sonoma, 41.40% 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 Sonoma in 2010 was $45,275, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $181,100 for a family of four. However, Sonoma contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Sonoma is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. 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 14.66% 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 Tagalog.