Sonoma, CA Community Profile: Data

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Sonoma: Basic Info

Sonoma is the everyday name that most people use for the community and surrounding area. However, the City of Sonoma is the formal official name. It is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Sonoma County at latitude 38.2919 and longitude -122.458. The elevation is 85 feet.

The City of Sonoma has formally defined boundaries. The boundaries are displayed in the map section. The defined boundaries encompass a land area of 2.74 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Sonoma: Zanoma.

Sonoma County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). Observes DST? Yes. Current Local Time.

Also See: Sonoma, CA ZIP Codes and ZIP Code Maps

Sonoma: Community Profile Overview & Basic Data


The Sonoma Community Profile has 7 main navigation sections plus some ancillary topics in the blue navigation bar:

  1. The Data section (this page) contains Basic Parameters for Sonoma (Formal Name, Census Class Code, Coordinates and Time Zone) , current Demographic Information and a Peer Comparsion Table that shows how Sonoma ranks in comparison to its peer group.
  2. The Maps section has a Boundary Map for the City of Sonoma with a 1-click link to Driving Directions, California Congressional District Maps and a Map of Sonoma County.
  3. The Photos section of the Community Profile has Sonoma Local Area Photos. The locations where the photos were taken are plotted on a map. The photos are available in two sizes.
  4. The Directory is a Sonoma Directory of Business, Government and Social Services. The Directory can be searched by business name or category. There are also 40 point and click links to the most popular search categories.
  5. The Schools section has School Profiles for local area schools. You can also search for profiles of all California Public and Private Schools by School Name, City, County or ZIP Code.
  6. The Jobs section of the Sonoma Community Profile has a searchable database of employment opportunities in or near Sonoma. The jobs database can be searched by job category or keywords.
  7. The Places section lists popular "Places of Interest" in the local Sonoma area. The Places are listed by category. When you select a category, you're presented with a list of locations within a 15 mile search radius. Maps and driving direction are both 1-click links.

Sonoma, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 11,186
Population in Households 10,950
Population in Familes 7,992
Population in Group Qrtrs 236
Population Density1 4,080
Diversity Index2 48


Total Households 5,176
Average Household Size 2.12
Family Households 2,832
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 5,779 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,970 (51.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,206 (38.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 603 (10.4%)
Median Home Value $431,092
Average Home Value $512,361


Median Household Income $60,296
Average Household Income $89,370
Per Capita Income $41,793
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 1.17% 1.13%
Households 1.03% 1.14%
Families 1.19% 1.17%
Median Household Income   4.65%
Per Capita Income   3.72%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Sonoma, CA: Peer Comparison by Rank and Percentile (As of July 1, 2014)

The table below compares Sonoma to the other 1,523 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile. The place with the highest value is ranked # 1. Percentile example: a location that ranks higher than 25% of its peers would be in the 25th percentile of the peer group.

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Rank Percentile
Total Population # 465 70th
Population Density1 # 297 81st
Diversity Index2 # 994 35th
Median Household Income # 528 65th
Per Capita Income # 236 85th
Information Updates

The Demographic Data and Peer Comparison Ranking Data for cities, towns, counties, ZIP Codes and Census Designated Places (CDPs) profiled in this California Gazetteer is updated annually. The most recent update was on July 1, 2014.

The USPS report on the number of business and residential addresses being served in each ZIP Code and the ZIP Code Maps are updated 4 times per year. The last update was on August 1, 2014.

The School Attendance Zone Maps are updated four times per year. The last update was on January 6, 2014.

The information on the California Physical, Cultural and Historic Features is updated six times per year. The last update was on August 2, 2014.