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Living in Santa Rosa, California:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Santa Rosa, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked six people living in Santa Rosa what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Santa Rosa is a beautiful city full of colorful citizens, a storied past, and a bright future. The largest city in Sonoma County, it is located close to San Francisco, the Pacific Ocean and Wine Country. Nestled within the Mayacamas Mountains, Santa Rosa is home to an Iron Man competition, bike races, art crawls and more.

Santa Rosa is a diverse city with great outdoor activities nearby; for example, there are many hiking trails within the city borders. Bodega Bay is a 45-minute drive from Santa Rosa and San Francisco, which is an hour drive to the south. For those who enjoy visiting wineries, there are a few in the city of Santa Rosa and the county of Napa.

If you’re moving to Santa Rosa, know that you’ll be very close to San Francisco. Many people commute to the city for work, but the commute can be a bit of a hassle. On the other hand, you’re less than an hour from some absolutely stunning beaches. And if you like wine, Napa and Sonoma are both a mere 30 minutes away!

There are several things someone moving to Santa Rosa should know. For one thing, it is expensive to own a home here. The average price for a home is currently $660,000. Another concern to be aware of is the rather large number of homeless people for a town of this size.

Margaret, says: 2020

If moving to Santa Rosa, then you should consider three important variables before you make a decision: housing, job availability, and socio-cultural diversity. First, the combination of climbing rental rates, low vacancy availability, and a high population of people who rent in Sonoma County creates a challenging climate for someone looking to find secure housing in the current housing market. Second, there are currently few secure full-time jobs available to newcomers seeking a stable career transition. Third, due to 50s era urban planning, Santa Rosa is highly segregated by inequitable socio-economic and racial standards.

Roshan, says: 2020

Any person contemplating a move to Santa Rosa should know the high real estate prices. Housing in this city has grown alarmingly high, considering the number of families in the area that depend on minimum-wage occupations. However, if one can afford to rent or buy a home in this region, Santa Rosa can be a lovely place. One of the most commonly stated benefits of living in this city is the availability of both national and regional parks. The natural beauty of the area alone is often what draws people to Santa Rosa.

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