Sonoma County, CA

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Population

499,942

0.848% decline

Poverty Rate

10.7%


Median Age

42.4


Median Household Income

$81,395

1.23% growth

Number of Employees

259,984

0.262% growth

Median Property Value

$655,200

4.26% growth

About

In 2018, Sonoma County, CA had a population of 500k people with a median age of 42.4 and a median household income of $81,395. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Sonoma County, CA declined from 504,217 to 499,942, a -0.848% decrease and its median household income grew from $80,409 to $81,395, a 1.23% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Sonoma County, CA are White (Non-Hispanic) (62.8%), Some Other Race (Hispanic) (13.6%), White (Hispanic) (11.1%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.17%), and Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (3.53%). N/A% of the people in Sonoma County, CA speak a non-English language, and 90.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Sonoma County, CA are Santa Rosa Junior College (4,754 degrees awarded in 2017), Sonoma State University (2,539 degrees), and Empire College (168 degrees).

The median property value in Sonoma County, CA is $655,200, and the homeownership rate is 61.5%. Most people in Sonoma County, CA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Sonoma County, CA is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Sonoma County, CA employs 260k people. The largest industries in Sonoma County, CA are Health Care & Social Assistance (34,113 people), Retail Trade (30,715 people), and Construction (24,425 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($100,179), Public Administration ($80,762), and Information ($75,782).

Median household income in Sonoma County, CA is $81,395. Males in Sonoma County, CA have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $62,298. The income inequality in Sonoma County, CA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.499, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$81,395

2018 value

± $2,313

1.23%

1 Year Growth

± 4.74%

Households in Sonoma County, CA have a median annual income of $81,395, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $80,409 in 2017, which represents a 1.23% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

The PUMS dataset is not available at the County level, so we are showing data for California.

$78,575

Average Male Salary

± $755

$62,298

Average Female Salary

± $633

In 2018, full-time male employees in California made 1.26 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in California by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $73,860 ± $1,174

  2. White

    $65,115 ± $611

  3. Two or More Races

    $54,912 ± $1,843

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of California workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in California by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Sonoma County, CA is from California.

0.499

2018 Wage GINI

0.497

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in California was 0.499 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.324% growth from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2018 the GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in California across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 1515.03

  2. Census Tract 1524

  3. Census Tract 1506.07

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Sonoma County, CA was Census Tract 1515.03 with a value of $130,652, followed by Census Tract 1524 and Census Tract 1506.07, with respective values of $119,549 and $117,731.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Sonoma County, CA (52.7k out of 494k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 35 - 44.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    34,670 ± 1,398

  2. Hispanic

    19,668 ± 1,160

  3. Other

    11,019 ± 968

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Sonoma County, CA is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

260k

2018 Value

± 9,088

0.262%

1 Year growth

± 4.9%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Sonoma County, CA grew at a rate of 0.262%, from 259k employees to 260k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Sonoma County, CA, are Management Occupations (32,477 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (29,085 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (27,755 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Sonoma County, CA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Sonoma County, CA, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (32,477 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (29,085 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (27,755 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Sonoma County, CA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.58 times higher than expected), Personal Care & Service Occupations (1.33 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.3 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Sonoma County, CA, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($100,962), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($97,332), and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($86,482).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

260k

2018 Value

± 9,088

0.262%

1 Year growth

± 4.9%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Sonoma County, CA grew at a rate of 0.262%, from 259k employees to 260k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Sonoma County, CA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (34,113 people), Retail Trade (30,715 people), and Construction (24,425 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Sonoma County, CA, though some of these residents may live in Sonoma County, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Sonoma County, CA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (34,113 people), Retail Trade (30,715 people), and Construction (24,425 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Sonoma County, CA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.26 times higher than expected), Other Services, Except Public Administration (1.48 times), and Construction (1.42 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Sonoma County, CA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($100,179), Public Administration ($80,762), and Information ($75,782).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $232B

  2. $172B

  3. $136B

In 2015, the top outbound California product (by dollars) was Electronics with $232B, followed by Mixed freight ($172B) and Gasoline ($136B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound California products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$1.7T

2020 Value

$2.48T

Projected 2045 Value

46.3% growth

In 2020, total outbound California trade was $1.7T. This is expected to increase 46.3% to $2.48T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound California trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $71.8B

  2. $46.9B

  3. $34B

In 2015, the top outbound California domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $71.8B, followed by Arizona with $46.9B and Washington and $34B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that California shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

94.7% of the population of Sonoma County, CA has health coverage, with 46.6% on employee plans, 17.1% on Medicaid, 13.8% on Medicare, 16.3% on non-group plans, and 0.903% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Sonoma County, CA was $7,549 in 2014. This is a 4.04% increase from the previous year ($7,256).

Primary care physicians in Sonoma County, CA see 1002 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.05% decrease from the previous year (1023 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1151 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 242 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (10.6%). Additionally, Tulare County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,002 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Sonoma County, CA see an average of 1,002 patients per year. This represents a 2.05% decrease from the previous year (1,023 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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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,549

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,735

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,368

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,833

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in California (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.04%, from $7,256 to $7,549.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5.32%

Uninsured

46.6%

Employer Coverage

17.1%

Medicaid

13.8%

Medicare

16.3%

Non-Group

0.903%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Sonoma County, CA declined by 7.51% from 5.75% to 5.32%.

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

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 10.6% prevalence

  2. 10.5% prevalence

  3. 10.3% prevalence

Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in California, at 10.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in California by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Sonoma County, CA is home to a population of 500k people, from which 90.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 16.5% of Sonoma County, CA residents were born outside of the country (83.3k people).

In 2018, there were 4.62 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (314k people) in Sonoma County, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 68k Some Other Race (Hispanic) and 55.3k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

41

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.7

46

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.5

In 2018, the median age of all people in Sonoma County, CA was 42.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 46. But people in Sonoma County, CA are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Sonoma County, CA residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

16.5%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

83.3k people

16.7%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

83.9k people

As of 2017, 16.5% of Sonoma County, CA residents (83.3k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Sonoma County, CA was 16.7%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    4,032,642 ± 46,722 people

  2. Philippines

    840,765 ± 22,271 people

  3. China

    696,409 ± 20,307 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 4,032,642 California residents, followed by Philippines with 840,765 and China with 696,409.

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Citizenship

90.2%

2018 Citizenship

90.5%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 90.2% of Sonoma County, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Sonoma County, CA was 90.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Sonoma County, CA

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    314k ± 897

  2. Some Other Race (Hispanic)

    68k ± 7.25k

  3. White (Hispanic)

    55.3k ± 7.16k

In 2018, there were 4.62 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (314k people) in Sonoma County, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 68k Some Other Race (Hispanic) and 55.3k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    9,124 ± 1,415

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    3,922 ± 1,016

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,715 ± 914

Sonoma County, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.33 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Sonoma County, CA awarded 7,585 degrees. The student population of Sonoma County, CA is skewed towards women, with 12,868 male students and 17,955 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Sonoma County, CA are White (4,143 and 55.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (2,019 and 26.9%), Unknown (418 and 5.58%), and Asian (337 and 4.5%).

The largest universities in Sonoma County, CA by number of degrees awarded are Santa Rosa Junior College (4,754 and 62.7%), Sonoma State University (2,539 and 33.5%), and Empire College (168 and 2.21%).

The most popular majors in Sonoma County, CA are Criminal Justice - Police Science (969 and 12.8%), General Business Administration & Management (677 and 8.93%), and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT Paramedic) (497 and 6.55%).

The median tuition costs in Sonoma County, CA are $9,375 for private four year colleges, and $5,742 and $17,622 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Sonoma County, CA was Automobile Mechanics Technology with 194 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Sonoma County, CA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 4,754 degrees awarded

  2. 2,539 degrees awarded

  3. 168 degrees awarded

$5,742

Median In-State Public

$9,375

Median Private

In 2017, the Sonoma County, CA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Santa Rosa Junior College with 4,754 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,273

Degrees Awarded to Men

4,312

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 3,273 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Sonoma County, CA, which is 0.759 times less than the 4,312 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,143 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    2,019 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    418 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Sonoma County, CA were to White students. These 4,143 degrees mean that there were 2.05 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 2,019 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Sonoma County, CA was $655,200 in 2018, which is 2.85 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $628,400 to $655,200, a 4.26% increase. The homeownership rate in Sonoma County, CA is 61.5%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Sonoma County, CA have an average commute time of 23.5 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.

Housing

Property Value

$655,200

2018 Median

± $9,788

$628,400

2017 Median

± $11,445

In 2018, the median property value in Sonoma County, CA grew to to $655,200 from the previous year's value of $628,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Sonoma County, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Sonoma County, CA the largest share of households have a property value in the $500k - $750k range.

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Household Income

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$81,395

Median Household Income

± $2,313

187k

Number of Households

± 6,855

In 2018, the median household income of the 187k households in Sonoma County, CA grew to $81,395 from the previous year's value of $80,409.

The following chart displays the households in Sonoma County, 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Sonoma County, CA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Sonoma County, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

61.5%

2018 Homeownership

61.3%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 61.5% of the housing units in Sonoma County, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 61.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Sonoma County, CA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

23.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Sonoma County, CA have a shorter commute time (23.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 3.84% of the workforce in Sonoma County, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    77.1%

  2. Carpooled

    9.68%

  3. Worked At Home

    7.25%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Sonoma County, CA was Drove Alone (77.1%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.68%) and those who Worked At Home (7.25%).

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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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Sonoma County, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Sonoma County, CA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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