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Sonora, California

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The location of Sonora

Introduction ...

Below are places that are close (or relative) to Sonora.

This page contains seven sections:

Around Sonora ...

The largest community within a 50 mile [80 km] radius is Stockton. It is located about 49 miles [78 km] to the west of Sonora. Stockton has a population of 310,000 people.<1>

The next largest community is Modesto. It is located about 40 miles [64 km] to the southwest of Sonora and has a population of 214,000 people.

For comparison, Sonora has a population of 4,900 people.

The following large communities are also in the area. Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if driven.<2>

Community   2017
Atwater   [Map]   29,397   S   45 miles [72.4 km]
Ceres   [Map]   48,697   SW   41 miles [66 km]
Escalon   [Map]   7,588   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
Hughson   [Map]   7,498   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Ione   [Map]   7,827   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lathrop   [Map]   22,781   W   50 miles [80.5 km]
Livingston   [Map]   14,140   SW   45 miles [72.4 km]
Lodi   [Map]   65,884   W   49 miles [78.9 km]
Manteca   [Map]   79,268   W   47 miles [75.6 km]
Merced   [Map]   83,081   S   47 miles [75.6 km]
Oakdale   [Map]   23,150   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
Ripon   [Map]   15,677   SW   44 miles [70.8 km]
Riverbank   [Map]   24,740   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Turlock   [Map]   73,556   SW   42 miles [67.6 km]
Waterford   [Map]   8,947   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]

Below is a sample of nearby communities:

Community   DirDistance
Cedar Rock Lodge   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
Columbia Village   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]
Columbia   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]
East Sonora   [Map]     E   Less than 2 miles
Greenley Oaks   [Map]     E   Less than 2 miles
Jamestown   [Map]     SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
Martinez   [Map]     N   2 miles [3.2 km]
Mono Village   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]
Mono Vista   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
Phoenix Lake-Cedar Ridge   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
Rawhide   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]
Soulsbyville   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
Standard   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]
Tuolumne City   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
Tuttletown   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]

For more communities neighboring Sonora, please visit our County-by-County Page for Sonora.

Tuolumne County ...

Sonora is located in Tuolumne County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tuolumne County: Alpine, Calaveras, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono & Stanislaus. The eastern boundary of the county is defined by the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Sonora ...

This section has been moved to our Tidbits & Trivia page for Sonora.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Sonora ...

Looking for more information about Sonora? A good source is the TripAdvisor website and we always start with their TripAdvisor Tourism page. The Tourism page gives you an overview and then the links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Sonora, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Sonora.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a list of several cemeteries that are in the area around Sonora. Our list includes the location of each cemetery, with the ability to see an overhead view of the cemetery.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Sonora. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.

Websites We Enjoy ...

When we're planning a trip, we like to check the following websites for sights, attractions and places to visit:

For the State of California

    California Tourism
    Parks for California

    Fishing in California
    Hunting in California

TripAdvisor Link for:

    California Statewide Tourism
    Sonora Tourism

    Additional communities can be found om the TripAdvisor Page for Sonora

National Park Service (NPS) sites in California

America's Byways - Scenic & Historic Roadways

RoadsideAmerica - Offbeat Tourist Attractions

Atlas Obscura - Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations

The Living New Deal - Sites in California

Murals of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) - New Deal Art in California

Airports Near Sonora ...

Of the airports that we know about, these are some of the closest to Sonora.

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)<3>   DirDistance
Columbia Airport (FAA ID: O22)   [Map]   NNW   3 miles [4.8 km]
Pine Mountain Lake Airport (FAA ID: E45)   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
Calaveras Co. Airport (FAA ID: CPU)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
Oakdale Airport (FAA ID: O27)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]

When we're on the road, rather than always picking an airport that is close to our destination, we try to see if there might be another airport that would better fit our travel plans.<4> To help with your planning, the following list of airports is organized by type and proximity to Sonora.

Please keep in mind that these airports where chosen based on their air-distance from Sonora. You should check the map and see how accessible they are when considering one airport over another.

Large Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)   DirDistance
Sacramento Intl.  (SMF/KSMF)   [Map]   NW   81 miles [130.4 km]
Fresno Yosemite Intl.  (FAT/KFAT)   [Map]   SSE   90 miles [144.8 km]
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.  (SJC/KSJC)   [Map]   WSW   94 miles [151.3 km]
Metro Oakland Intl.  (OAK/KOAK)   [Map]   W   101 miles [162.5 km]
Reno / Tahoe Intl.  (RNO/KRNO)   [Map]   NNE   109 miles [175.4 km]
San Francisco Intl.  (SFO/KSFO)   [Map]   WSW   111 miles [178.6 km]

Smaller Airports with Scheduled Flights / Air Taxi Service

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)   DirDistance
Modesto City - Co. Airport  (MOD/KMOD)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Stockton Metro Airport  (SCK/KSCK)   [Map]   W   47 miles [75.6 km]
Merced Muni.  (MCE/KMCE)   [Map]   S   48 miles [77.2 km]
Sacramento Mather Airport  (ICAO: KMHR)   [Map]   NW   63 miles [101.4 km]
Sacramento Exec.  (SAC/KSAC)   [Map]   WNW   70 miles [112.7 km]
Mammoth Yosemite Airport  (ICAO: KMMH)   [Map]   ESE   87 miles [140 km]

General Aviation Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)   DirDistance
Columbia Airport (FAA ID: O22)   [Map]   NNW   3 miles [4.8 km]
Pine Mountain Lake Airport (FAA ID: E45)   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
Calaveras Co. Airport (FAA ID: CPU)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
Oakdale Airport (FAA ID: O27)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]

Additional Airport Information

For each of the airports listed below, we've linked to websites where detailed information about the airport can be found.

Sacramento Intl.   (SMF/KSMF)   [Map]
  Website for Sacramento International Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Fresno Yosemite Intl.   (FAT/KFAT)   [Map]
  Website for Fresno Yosemite International Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Sacramento Exec.   (SAC/KSAC)   [Map]
  Website for Sacramento Executive Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Mammoth Yosemite Airport   (ICAO: KMMH)   [Map]
  Website for Mammoth Yosemite Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.   (SJC/KSJC)   [Map]
  Website for Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Castle Airport   (ICAO: KMER)   [Map]
  Website for Castle Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Rancho Murieta Airport   (ICAO: KRIU)   [Map]
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Metro Oakland Intl.   (OAK/KOAK)   [Map]
  Website for Metropolitan Oakland International Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Reno / Tahoe Intl.   (RNO/KRNO)   [Map]
  Website for Reno / Tahoe International Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
San Francisco Intl.   (SFO/KSFO)   [Map]
  Website for San Francisco International Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Modesto City - Co. Airport   (MOD/KMOD)   [Map]
  Website for Modesto City - County Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Stockton Metro Airport   (SCK/KSCK)   [Map]
  Website for Stockton Metropolitan Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Merced Muni.   (MCE/KMCE)   [Map]
  Website for Merced Municipal Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Sacramento Mather Airport   (ICAO: KMHR)   [Map]
  Website for Sacramento Mather Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Sonora:

The official website for Tuolumne County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Sonora.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sonora) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Sonora. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Sonora

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sonora. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9830, Longitude: -120.3822     [Map].

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<3>The IATA and ICAO are organizations that, amongst other functions, provide identifying codes for airports. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an airline trade organization. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is an agency of the United Nations. Although the codes are similar, be careful not to confuse them.

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<4>When we are planning a trip (for example, to Sonora), we usually look for the obvious: the choice of airlines that fly into the airport, the number of flights, the connections we have to make, which car rentals are available, etc. We also look for sights and attractions that we might find between any given airport and our destination - we do love exploring. We're willing to fly into a more distant airport if we can get the services and amenities that we like. Even though our choice of airport might be inconvenient to others, it usually gives us a better trip.

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