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Welcome to Petaluma ...

Petaluma is located in Sonoma County<1>.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Petaluma has a population of 60,881 people<2> (see below for details).

While we don't have a date for the establishment of Petaluma, you might get a feel for its founding by knowing that they incorporated April 12, 1858.

Petaluma is near sea level<3>.

Time Zone: Petaluma lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Petaluma is within the boundaries of the (707) area code.

The ZIP codes for Petaluma: 94952-94955, 94975, 94999<4>

Websites for Petaluma ...

Official Website: www.cityofpetaluma.net/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Petaluma had an population of 60,881 people. This is an increase of 5.07% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 11.61% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Petaluma had a population of 57,941 people (which is 11.97% of the total population of Sonoma County). This makes Petaluma the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Petaluma represents 0.16% of the total population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 146th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 57,941 people, the population of Petaluma increased 6.22% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 54,548 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Petaluma.

Communities Also Named Petaluma ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found another community named Petaluma - it's located in Alabama.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Petaluma.

Communities near Petaluma ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Petaluma.

  • Santa Rosa [Sonoma County]
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    • Santa Rosa [Sonoma County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the north of Petaluma
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 174,613 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Santa Rosa
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Santa Rosa<6>
  • Napa [Napa County]
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    • Napa [Napa County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the east of Petaluma
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 77,032 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Napa
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Napa<6>
  • San Rafael [Marin County]
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    • San Rafael [Marin County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the south of Petaluma
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 58,528 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Rafael
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for San Rafael<6>
  • Novato [Marin County]
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    • Novato [Marin County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the south of Petaluma
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 53,351 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Novato<6>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Rohnert Park [Sonoma County]
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      • Rohnert Park [Sonoma County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the northwest of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 42,975 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rohnert Park
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rohnert Park<6>
    • San Anselmo [Marin County]
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      • San Anselmo [Marin County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the south of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 12,513 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for San Anselmo<6>
    • Sonoma [Sonoma County]
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      • Sonoma [Sonoma County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the east of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,973 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sonoma
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sonoma<6>
    • Sebastopol [Sonoma County]
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      • Sebastopol [Sonoma County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the northwest of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,593 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sebastopol
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sebastopol<6>
    • Fairfax [Marin County]
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      • Fairfax [Marin County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the south of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,561 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fairfax
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fairfax<6>
    • Cotati [Sonoma County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cotati
      • Cotati [Sonoma County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the northwest of Petaluma
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,453 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cotati
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cotati<6>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Petaluma. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Petaluma.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Petaluma. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Petaluma.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Petaluma. Our list includes 31 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Petaluma.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Petaluma ...

Looking for more information about Petaluma? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Petaluma, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Petaluma.

Adding Petaluma to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Petaluma in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Petaluma was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Petaluma on a map titled Shell Oil Road Map for California (1956).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Petaluma on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in California

About Sonoma County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Petaluma: www.cityofpetaluma.net/

The official website for Sonoma County: www.sonoma-county.org/

The official website for State of California: https://www.ca.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including Sonoma, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Petaluma.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Petaluma - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a community (such as Petaluma). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Petaluma or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Petaluma includes: 94952, 94953, 94954, 94975 & 94999.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Petaluma) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Petaluma. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from PetalumaOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Petaluma. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2380, Longitude: -122.6361    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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