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Petaluma /pɛtəˈluːmə/ is a small town in Sonoma County, California, in the United States. Its population was 57,941 according to the 2010 Census. The Rancho Petaluma Adobe, located in Petaluma, is a National Historic Landmark. Its construction started in 1836 by order of General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, then Commandant of the San Francisco Presidio. It was the center of a 66,000 acre (270-km²) ranch stretching from Petaluma River to Sonoma Creek. The adobe is considered one of the best preserved buildings of its era in Northern California. Petaluma is a transliteration of the Coast Miwok phrase péta lúuma which means hill backside and probably refers to Petaluma's proximity to Sonoma Mountain. Petaluma has a well-preserved, historic city center which includes many buildings that survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.


Petaluma is a small city located in the Sonoma county of California. The place is also home to the famous The Rancho Petaluma Adobe which has been recognised as a National historic landmark by the government. The city was founded in 1848 when it first saw its dawn as a bustling marketplace for southern Sonoma county. Since then it has grown leaps and bounds. At one point it was even called the"Egg Basket of the World" owning to its numerous small farms. Today, it is a modern city with the point of interests like Shollenberger Park and Helen Putnam Regional Park, both of which offer tons of wildlife viewing opportunities, a pond, mountain bike trails, and what not! Tourists can also come here for shopping or eats.The restaurants around are plentiful and offer great taste and opportunity to indulge!

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Facts and Stats for Petaluma*

  • Pollution Statistics in Petaluma

    Know the pollution level of Petaluma before you plan your visit.

    • Noise and Light Pollution 37.5 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 25 (Low)
  • Petaluma: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Petaluma for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Petaluma.

    • Burglary and Theft 21.88 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 28.57 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 15.63 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 31.25 (Low)
    • Attacks 9.38 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 46.88 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 84.38 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 62.5 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 21.88 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 15.63 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 37.5 (Low)
  • Living in Petaluma - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Petaluma is 225.39 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 72.63 (High)
    • Climate Index 91.68 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 7.18 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 22.5 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 91.85 (High)
    • Health Care Index 85.56 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 3.56 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 132.68 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Petaluma

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Petaluma

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 35 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 82 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 39.37 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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