PopulationMetro: 504,217
As they saying goes, it takes a lot of beer to make good wine. Though maybe it’s just a saying in Santa Rosa, where wine country meets beer city.

As they saying goes, it takes a lot of beer to make good wine. Though maybe it’s just a saying in Santa Rosa, where wine country meets beer city.

Located 55 miles north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa is a happening hub (and biggest city) in Sonoma County. It’s also just 30 minutes from the stunning coast and even closer to California’s majestic redwood trees.

CITY PERFORMANCE
Place
Place 48
Product
Product 15
Programming
Programming 19
People
People 63
Prosperity
Prosperity 47
Promotion
Promotion 24

Home to an estimated 186,000 people, Santa Rosa hums with activity year round, thanks to year-round pleasant temperatures and plenty of opportunities to be outside, whether at the patio of a craft brewery or a farm fresh meal in a downtown restaurant patio. The city ranks #33 for Weather and #37 for Parks & Great Outdoors.

Overall, the city lands at #18 for Place, which looks at the perceived quality of a city’s natural and built environments.