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Once known as "The World's Egg Basket"

Petaluma is a city in Sonoma County.

The community name derives from Indian term for "hillside ridge."

The latitude of Petaluma is 38.232N. The longitude is -122.635W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 30 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 55,175.


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Median household income
Local
$61,679
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Petaluma demographic reports
Petaluma is on the Petaluma River.
Site of annual world arm-wrestling championships
Public transportation: Petaluma Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 111. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 2 per 1,000 people.
Ranked top home town in the state, February 2001 in the ePodunk Home Towns Index
Petaluma received national attention for 1993 kidnapping of 12-year-old Polly Klaas. Richard Allen Davis confessed to her murder two months later
Filming location for:
· 1986 movie, "Peggy Sue Got Married"
· 1973 movie, "American Graffiti"
Well-known residents have included:
· Winona Ryder, actress
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Peet's Coffee & Tea, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Sonoma-Marin Fair - June 20-24, 2007
Dates often change. Check Petaluma web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, Petaluma Museum, Petaluma Wildlife Natural Science Museum
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 158

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Petaluma demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Sonoma County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Santa Rosa area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 94951 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

13% of Petaluma residents report German ancestry, and 15% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Petaluma ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Petaluma was $27,087, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

30% of Petaluma residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Petaluma, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $870.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,622.


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Libraries in Petaluma include Petaluma Regional Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Petaluma include Argus-Courier

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Politics

Sonoma County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Petaluma political report.

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Petaluma restaurants taking online reservations include Hiro's - Petaluma ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Petaluma workers is 34 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 5 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Petaluma between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of .9 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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