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Santa Rosa, CA (Population: 153,158)

Located just 55 miles north of San Francisco over the Golden Gate Bridge, Santa Rosa is the largest city in Sonoma County and the fifth largest city in the Bay Area. Even with a population of more than 150,000 people, Santa Rosa has managed to maintain a small-town warmth and quality of life. Nestled in the center of Sonoma Wine Country, the city has a great deal to offer to both residents and vacationers.

Santa Rosa is blessed with spectacular views; Mt. Hood is visible from the east, and Taylor Peak and Sonoma Mountain can be seen from the southeast. Wildlife such as great blue herons, black-crowned herons, great egrets, snowy egrets, deer, wild turkeys, and mountain lions can often be spotted along the urban fringe as well as within the city limits. Aside from its natural beauty, Santa Rosa has all the great qualities of a big city with its performing arts center, symphony, theater productions, internationally renowned restaurants, and healthy mix of multiple-sector businesses.

Tourism plays a prominent role in Santa Rosa, which is surrounded by nearly 200 wineries and vineyards, and is located only minutes from the famed redwood groves, the Russian River Resort Area, the Jack London State Historic Park, and the Sonoma Coast along the Pacific Ocean. Additionally, Sonoma county has 16 golf courses, hot air balloon rides, and a number of spas. Santa Rosa is a wonderful location for both residents and travelers seeking both adventure and relaxation. This warm and friendly city has the perfect balance of small-town qualities and urban art, culture, and recreation.