Santa Rosa, California Population 2019

Santa Rosa is located in the state of California. It is the county seat for Sonoma County. It is one of the most populous cities in the San Francisco Bay Area but is only the 28th most populous in the state. It is also the largest city by population in Sonoma County, with recent estimates putting the population at just over 175,000.

Santa Rosa History

What is now Santa Rosa was originally inhabited by the Bitakomtara tribe. This tribe was very protective over the land and imposed harsh punishments for those who tried to enter. When the Europeans arrived, much of the tribe died from smallpox. The population of this tribe had dropped by 95% by the 20th century.

A permanent European settlement was established during the 1830s, and Santa Rosa was founded in 1833. By the mid-1800s, a post and general store were built, and several locals began planning out the city. Santa Rosa was incorporated as a city in 1868.

Once California became a state, the population of Santa Rosa grew at a slow and steady pace. Though it didn’t keep up with other cities, it continued on the upward trajectory even when other cities saw a decline in its population.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the San Francisco earthquake destroyed much of the downtown area, but the population did not drop. However, growth slowed even further.

Another earthquake in 1969 led to the reconstruction of the downtown area. However, some of these historic buildings remain - including the Empire Building.

After World War II, the city saw more rapid growth because it was the site of Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Santa Rosa. During the 1950s and 1960s, the population increased quite significantly compared to previous years. This was mainly due to immigration and annexation.

The city is divided into four different quadrants: the Southeast, Southwest, Northeast, and Northwest. Santa Rosa has continued to grow with the addition of shopping centers, malls, banks, and commercial districts. The city has been named as one of the Best Places For Business and Careers by Forbes magazine, although that rating has dropped because of the reduced job growth, the high cost of housing and higher cost of doing business.

Santa Rosa Population Statistics

The city’s population is estimated to be over 186,000 and has increased quite a bit since the last census, which showed that the population was 167,815. Santa Rosa has an area of 51.5 square miles and a population density of over 4,241 people per square mile.

Over 27% of the population is 25 to 44 years old, over 23% are under the age of 18, and 13.5% are at least 65 years old. There are more females than males living in Santa Rosa, with 95.2 females for every 100 males. About 8.5% of the population lives below the poverty line.

The city’s top employers include the County of Sonoma, Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa, St. Joseph Health System and Santa Rosa Junior College, each of which employs thousands of people.

Santa Rosa Population Growth

Census data for Santa Rosa shows that the city has seen continued growth every ten years. The population grew fairly slowly through the early 20th century, but recently the city is seeing more substantial growth. The population hit 50,000 in 1970 and had more than doubled by the time of the 1990 census. The city surpassed 150,000 residents by the time of the last census in 2010. Now, estimates show that the population has grown at a rate of about 4.4% since the previous census, with the city steadily nearing 200,000 residents.

How Many People Live in Santa Rosa, California?

177,586
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018177,586-4,662-2.56%
2017182,248-227-0.12%
2016182,4755070.28%
2015181,9681,0470.58%
2014180,9211,9881.11%
2013178,9331,6700.94%
2012177,2639120.52%
2011176,3511,0470.60%
2010175,30427,7091.74%
2000147,59534,2822.68%
1990113,31330,6553.20%
198082,65832,6525.15%
197050,00618,9794.89%
196031,02713,1255.65%
195017,9025,2973.57%
194012,6051,9691.71%
193010,6361,8781.96%
19208,7589411.14%
19107,8171,1441.59%
19006,6731,4532.49%
18905,2201,6043.74%
18803,6167182.24%
18702,8981,2755.97%
18601,6230.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018499,942-3,304-0.66%
2017503,246-3-0.00%
2016503,2491,9030.38%
2015501,3462,5430.51%
2014498,8034,5600.91%
2013494,2434,1720.84%
2012490,0712,6480.54%
2011487,4232,6470.54%
2010484,7760.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
White119,921
Some Other Race24,654
Two or More Races11,381
Asian9,448
Black or African American4,364
American Indian and Alaska Native3,397
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1,079

Santa Rosa Population Pyramid 2019

Santa Rosa Median Age

38.1


Total

36


Male

40.1


Female

Santa Rosa Adults

There are 135,080 adults, (27,288 of whom are seniors) in Santa Rosa.

Santa Rosa Age Dependency

61.6

Age Dependency Ratio

25.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Santa Rosa Sex Ratio

Female

89,918

51.60%

Male

84,326

48.40%

Santa Rosa Households and Families

Santa Rosa Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Santa Rosa Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married66.5%33.5%
All53.1%46.9%
Non Family45.1%54.9%
Male40.7%59.3%
Female35.4%64.6%

53.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All64,7092.6553.1
Married28,6083.466.5
Non Family24,8241.3645.1
Female7,9113.4735.4
Male3,3663.7340.7

3.26

Average Family Size

2.65

Average Household Size

8.4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.6%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Santa Rosa Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade8,7647.25%
9th to 12th Grade7,8486.49%
High School Graduate23,12519.13%
Some College31,46226.03%
Associates Degree11,4769.49%
Bachelors Degree24,14319.97%
Graduate Degree14,07311.64%

Santa Rosa Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White77,03773,24529,854
Hispanic28,83617,8583,306
Other Race13,0797,1821,048
Asian7,0315,9492,771
Multiple Races5,3104,8451,476
Black3,0202,655861
Native American1,9691,338133
Islander757719222

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.08%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 39.41%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$38,631$42,145$32,679
Less Than High School$24,888$30,194$18,254
High School Grad$30,833$35,867$24,464
Some College$38,402$43,263$32,481
Bachelors Degree$51,208$58,271$42,095
Graduate Degree$69,258$84,290$62,115

$38,631

Average Earnings

$42,145

Average Male

$32,679

Average Female

Santa Rosa Language

Santa Rosa Language by Age

Santa Rosa Language

69.05% of Santa Rosa residents speak only English, while 30.95% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 23.55% of the population.

Santa Rosa Poverty

Santa Rosa Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic54,4399,32317.13%
White95,1208,5558.99%
Other24,1635,04220.87%
Multiple11,1861,35412.10%
Black4,24968916.22%
Asian9,4016627.04%
Native3,30738211.55%
Islander1,0731009.32%

11.83%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.26%

Male Poverty Rate

12.37%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Santa Rosa

The race most likely to be in poverty in Santa Rosa is Other, with 20.87% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Santa Rosa is Asian, with 7.04% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.17%. Among those working part-time, it was 13.56%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 18.45%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School17.80%
High School12.14%
Some College9.22%
Bachelors or Greater5.50%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed27.68%
Female Unemployed26.09%
Female Employed7.59%
Male Employed4.48%

Santa Rosa Income

Santa Rosa Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$67,144$86,806
Families$79,770$99,985
Married Families$96,671$116,859
Non Families$47,078$59,843

Santa Rosa Marital Status

Santa Rosa Marital Status

Marriage Rates

44.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.9%

Male Marriage Rate

42.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Santa Rosa Married by Age and Sex

Santa Rosa Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Santa Rosa Marital Status by Race

Santa Rosa Veterans

8,818

Number of Veterans

8,368

Male Veterans

450

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam3,497
First Gulf War1,124
Second Gulf War1,124
Korea971
World War II711
Age Group Veterans
75+2,554
65 to 742,418
55 to 641,624
35 to 541,543
18 to 34679

Santa Rosa Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White7,7967.96%
Hispanic7132.07%
2 or More3385.21%
Asian3103.95%
Other1941.22%
Indian1174.97%
Black631.80%

Santa Rosa Veterans by Education

7.25%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.62%

Veteran Disability Rate

Santa Rosa Employment Status

65.7%

Labor Force Participation

61.6%

Employment Rate

6.2%

Unemployment Rate

Santa Rosa Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

60.99%

Born in California

80.60%

Native Born

19.40%

Foreign Born

11.23%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

80.60% of Santa Rosa residents were born in the United States, with 60.99% having been born in California. 11.23% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.