City of Petaluma

Population: 60,520
Total Area: 14.49 square miles

Petaluma is a city in the rolling hills of southern Sonoma County, about 37 miles north of San Francisco. Its well-preserved city center on the Petaluma River includes many historical buildings and Victorian mansions that survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The name Petaluma is a transliteration of the Coast Miwok village name Péta Lúuma, which was originally located near the present-day borders of the city of Petaluma, meaning hill backside. Petaluma has been a railway, waterway, and highway hub for 160 years. The picturesque city also has captured the attention of numerous filmmakers and served as a location for many major films.


  • Ride the SMART Train (Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit) from Larkspur to Petaluma to the Sonoma County Airport
  • Award-winning restaurants, olive oils, and artisan cheeses
  • World-class wines, beers, and ales
  • Thriving arts community
  • Three regional parks for bikers, hikers, and horseback riders
  • Recreation on the Petaluma River
  • Marina and Yacht Club

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