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0.18% growth
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Median Household Income
10.9% growth
Poverty Rate
Number of Employees
1.85% growth
Median Property Value
10.4% growth

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The economy of Sonoma County, CA employs 254,696 people. The economy of Sonoma County, CA is specialized in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; Utilities; and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing, which employ respectively 2.59; 1.36; and 1.28 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Sonoma County, CA are Healthcare & Social Assistance (32,362), Retail trade (30,121), and Manufacturing (25,482), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($89,427), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($85,850), and Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($68,750).

Median household income in Sonoma County, CA is $73,929. Males in Sonoma County, CA have an average income that is 1.28 times higher than the average income of females, which is $56,697. The income inequality of Sonoma County, CA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.507 which is higher than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Sonoma County, CA. In Sonoma County, CA the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 55-64 and 55-64, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 98 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $7,390. Monterey County, CA has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in California.


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Sonoma County, CA is home to a population of 503,070 people, from which 89.9% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Sonoma County, CA is composed of 319,385 White residents (63.5%), 133,617 Hispanic residents (26.6%), 21,115 Asian residents (4.2%), 16,056 Two+ residents (3.19%), and 6,641 Black residents (1.32%). The most common foreign languages in Sonoma County, CA are Spanish (92,642 speakers), Chinese (2,945 speakers), and Tagalog (2,179 speakers), but compared to other places, Sonoma County, CA has a relative high number of Laotian (742 speakers), Mon-Khmer, Cambodian (875 speakers), and Thai (398 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Sonoma County, CA awarded 7,369 degrees. The student population of Sonoma County, CA is skewed towards females, with 3,249 male students and 4,120 female students. Most students in Sonoma County, CA are White (4,511 and 61.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,674 and 22.7%), Two or more races (350 and 4.75%), and Asian (284 and 3.85%). The largest universities in Sonoma County, CA by number of graduates are Santa Rosa Junior College (4,827 and 65.5%), Sonoma State University (2,231 and 30.3%), and Empire College School of Business (193 and 2.62%). The most popular majors in Sonoma County, CA are Criminal Justice - Police Science (785 and 10.7%), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT Paramedic) (600 and 8.14%), and Automobile Mechanics Technology (239 and 3.24%). The median tuition costs in Sonoma County, CA are $9,300 for private four year colleges, and $5,472 and $16,632 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Sonoma County, CA is $565,200, which is 2.76 times larger than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $512,100 to $565,200, a 10.4% increase. The homeownership rate of Sonoma County, CA is 61.1%, which is lower than the national average of 63.1%. People in Sonoma County, CA have an average commute time of 23.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Sonoma County, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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