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Provides residents with a vibrant nightlife, a trendy bistro and bar scene, and a dash of artistic whimsy

Welcome to Petaluma


Bucolic beauty and historical significance in an urban countryside

Truly the best of both worlds, Petaluma provides residents with a vibrant nightlife, a trendy bistro and bar scene, and a dash of artistic whimsy while also maintaining Sonoma County’s reputation for lush landscaping and a sense of serenity. Homes here are set on sprawling lots full of privacy and shady spots perfect for family picnics and lazy afternoons. Architecture styles evoke an old-world charm with Queen Anne, Spanish Revival, and Victorian designs perched along tree-lined streets.       


What to Love:

  • Vibrant foodie culture
  • Dynamic arts and music scene
  • Sprawling lots and beautiful homes

Local Lifestyle

Petaluma is known for its pleasant people and first-class food. This is where neighbors chat as they pass in the street or run into each other at the grocery store. The combination of small-town warmth and bohemian creativity keeps Petaluma both friendly and curious. 
Residents enjoy staying in for a quiet night just as much as they adore frequenting the farm-to-table bistros, and Petaluma’s laid-back, artistic atmosphere allows for both. You will often find locals taking kayaks out for a spin on the Petaluma River, strolling the historic downtown district, or taking in the stunning wine country scenery on the several hiking trails.   

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping 

Petaluma is a foodie town, and residents enjoy opportunities for culinary delights around every corner. Brewsters Beer Garden captures the essence of Petaluma with its relaxed air and down-home cuisine. This open-air brewery puts a modern spin on the classic barbecue. Here you will find classic dishes like ribs and Texas-style brisket, as well as elevated pub food, like macaroni and cheese with thyme bread crumbs and dry-rubbed carrots. Located on Water Street in the historic downtown area, Brewsters is the perfect spot for a night out on the town. The colorful setting at Sol Food is an ideal meeting spot for lively conversation and authentic Puerto Rican flavors. Set against the vivid backdrop of the Theater District, this local favorite attracts residents from across Sonoma County. The mouthwatering menu features beloved dishes like pink frijoles, the Cubano sandwich complete with ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese, and pickles, and Pollo al Horno. 
The Theatre District is considered the heart of Petaluma. This is where you will find lively bars, an incredible selection of restaurants, and even Michelin Guide bistros, as well as delightful shops and entertainment venues. With a farm-to-fork approach, Central Market pays homage to Petaluma’s agricultural roots and Sonoma County’s wine country. Local wines take center stage, as do seasonal produce and ingredients from local farmers. Grilled wagyu steak and butterflied rainbow trout light up the dinner menu, while housemade bread and Mediterranean olives showcase the beauty of simple flavors.    

Things to Do

Petaluma pampers residents with a full lineup of lively events and performances. The Mystic Theatre evokes a vaudeville spirit for Petaluma residents, who can take in a show at this renovated circa 1911 theater. Celebrate the Petaluma community every April at the Butter and Egg Parade. This annual event invites residents of all ages for a day of play, food, arts and craft stations, and four full blocks of fun, while the Fall Antique Faire is a bastion of classic styles, antique furniture, rare collectibles, and heirloom art. The town’s art fair is on full display at the Petaluma Arts Center, which invites guests to view exhibitions, attend events, and take art classes. 

Overview for Petaluma, CA

60,050 people live in Petaluma, where the median age is 42.8 and the average individual income is $50,664. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

42.8 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Petaluma, CA

Petaluma has 22,756 households, with an average household size of 2.61. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Petaluma do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 60,050 people call Petaluma home. The population density is 4,165.88 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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49.91 / 50.09%

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