Petaluma, CA

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2022 Population
59,682
0.613% 1-year decline
US Senator
Alex Padilla
Democratic Party
US Senator
Laphonza Butler
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
43.5
1.64% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
5.88%
0.801% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$108,527
8.12% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$805,800
15.5% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Petaluma, CA had a population of 59.7k people with a median age of 43.5 and a median household income of $108,527. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Petaluma, CA declined from 60,050 to 59,682, a −0.613% decrease and its median household income grew from $100,379 to $108,527, a 8.12% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Petaluma, CA are White (Non-Hispanic) (69.2%), Other (Hispanic) (6.79%), White (Hispanic) (6.14%), Two+ (Hispanic) (5.64%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.99%).

None of the households in Petaluma, CA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

93.7% of the residents in Petaluma, CA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Petaluma, CA are Meridian University (17 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Petaluma, CA was $805,800, and the homeownership rate was 62.9%.

Most people in Petaluma, CA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 30.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Petaluma, CA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Petaluma, CA is home to a population of 59.7k people, from which 93.7% are citizens. As of 2022, 14.2% of Petaluma, CA residents were born outside of the country (8.46k people).

In 2022, there were 10.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (41.3k people) in Petaluma, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.05k Other (Hispanic) and 3.67k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

93.7%
2022 Citizenship
92.6%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 93.7% of Petaluma, CA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Petaluma, CA was 92.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Petaluma, CA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    41.3k ± 1.08k
  2. Other (Hispanic)
    4.05k ± 893
  3. White (Hispanic)
    3.67k ± 709
19.3%
Hispanic Population
11.5k people

In 2022, there were 10.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (41.3k people) in Petaluma, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.05k Other (Hispanic) and 3.67k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

19.3% of the people in Petaluma, CA are hispanic (11.5k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Petaluma, CA as a share of the total population.

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Foreign-Born Population

14.2%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
8.46k people
14.9%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
8.96k people

As of 2022, 14.2% of Petaluma, CA residents (8.46k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Petaluma, CA was 14.9%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,132 ± 288
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    403 ± 146
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    321 ± 131

Petaluma, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.81 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Petaluma, CA employs 30.9k people. The largest industries in Petaluma, CA are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,099 people), Educational Services (3,278 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (3,088 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($140,278), Information ($115,333), and Public Administration ($93,787).

Occupations

30.9k
2022 Value
± 1,342
0.0421%
1 Year growth
± 6.14%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Petaluma, CA grew at a rate of 0.0421%, from 30.9k employees to 30.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Petaluma, CA, are Management Occupations (4,846 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,139 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,927 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Petaluma, CA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

30.9k
2022 Value
± 1,342
0.0421%
1 Year growth
± 6.14%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Petaluma, CA grew at a rate of 0.0421%, from 30.9k employees to 30.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Petaluma, CA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,099 people), Educational Services (3,278 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (3,088 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Petaluma, CA, though some of these residents may live in Petaluma, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$69,290
Median earning men ± $3,947
$53,607
Median earning women ± $4,507

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($137,917), Public Administration ($102,137), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($97,361).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($86,000), Information ($81,029), and Public Administration ($78,750).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.57%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 17.9M people employed in California. This represents a 2.57% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 14%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in California.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in California went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 63.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (34.3%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.07%).

Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler are the senators currently representing the state of California. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

California is currently represented by 52 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from California

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Alex Padilla
Senator from California3
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Kamala Harris, who had become Vice President of the United States.
Laphonza Butler
Senator from California1
Assumed office on October 3, 2023
Appointed to the seat following the death of Dianne Feinstein.

Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler are the senators currently representing California.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in California over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from California

California is currently represented by 52 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for California have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Petaluma, CA awarded 17 degrees. The student population of Petaluma, CA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 38 male students and 157 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Petaluma, CA are White (14 and 82.4%), followed by Asian (1 and 5.88%), Hispanic or Latino (1 and 5.88%), and Unknown (1 and 5.88%).

The largest universities in Petaluma, CA by number of degrees awarded are Meridian University (17 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Petaluma, CA are Other Clinical, Counseling, & Applied Psychology (6 and 35.3%), Other Research & Experimental Psychology (4 and 23.5%), and Clinical Psychology (4 and 23.5%).

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 2.08% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 2.26% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were Some college (6.9M), High School or Equivalent (6.8M), and Bachelors Degree (6.36M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Petaluma, CA was $805,800 in 2022, which is 2.86 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $697,700 to $805,800, a 15.5% increase. The homeownership rate in Petaluma, CA is 62.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Petaluma, CA have an average commute time of 30.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Petaluma, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Petaluma, CA is $108,527. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Petaluma, CA was Census Tract 1506.12 with a value of $148,077, followed by Census Tract 1506.07 and Census Tract 1507.02, with respective values of $147,857 and $132,378.

Property

$805,800
Median Property Value 2022
±$16,133
$14,767
Median Property Taxes
±$767

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Petaluma, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Petaluma, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

62.9%
Homeownership
2022
72.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 62.9% of the housing units in Petaluma, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 63.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 1506.12
  2. Census Tract 1506.07
  3. Census Tract 1507.02

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Petaluma, CA was Census Tract 1506.12 with a value of $148,077, followed by Census Tract 1506.07 and Census Tract 1507.02, with respective values of $147,857 and $132,378.

The following map shows all of the places in Petaluma, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$108,527
Median Household Income
± $6,560
23.5k
Number of Households
± 1,126

In 2022, the median household income of the 23.5k households in Petaluma, CA grew to $108,527 from the previous year's value of $100,379.

The following chart displays the households in Petaluma, CA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Petaluma, CA is from California.
0.498
2022 Wage GINI in California
0.497
2021 Wage GINI in California

In 2022, the income inequality in California was 0.498 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.107% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (70.9%)
  2. Worked At Home (15.5%)
  3. Carpooled (8.25%)

In 2022, 70.9% of workers in Petaluma, CA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (15.5%) and those who carpooled to work (8.25%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

30.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Petaluma, CA have a longer commute time (30.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 3.69% of the workforce in Petaluma, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Petaluma, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Petaluma, CA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

5.88% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Petaluma, CA (3.48k out of 59.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Males 45 - 54 and then Females 65 - 74.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Petaluma, CA is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

96.1% of the population of Petaluma, CA has health coverage, with 54.5% on employee plans, 11.7% on Medicaid, 14.3% on Medicare, 14.6% on non-group plans, and 1.01% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Sonoma County, CA see 977 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.24% increase from the previous year (965 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1051 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 194 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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977 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Sonoma County, CA

Primary care physicians in Sonoma County, CA see an average of 977 patients per year. This represents a 1.24% increase from the previous year (965 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Sonoma County, CA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 20.7% under 18 years, 18.1% between 18 and 34 years, 42.1% between 35 and 64 years, and 19.2% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.4% were men and 50.6% were women.

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Uninsured People

3.85%
Uninsured
54.5%
Employer Coverage
11.7%
Medicaid
14.3%
Medicare
14.6%
Non-Group
1.01%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Petaluma, CA declined by 0.266% from 3.86% to 3.85%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Petaluma, CA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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