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Old 10-22-2007, 01:47 PM
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Hi there
Just wondering if anyone has experience living in Sonoma (town of) with a small child. My son is 5 months old and we are considering moving there from Mill Valley. We only need to go into SF a couple times a month, so not too worried about the commute. I know there is a large retirement community in Sonoma, which I am fine with - I just want to make sure that there is also a thriving younger community there. Any info would be greatly appreciated! Thank you...
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Old 10-25-2007, 01:23 PM
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Default Sonoma Good for Families?


Sonoma (and Sonoma Co. in general) has long been considered a great place to raise a family. Safe (relatively), outdoorsy, great weather, conscious people, decent schools, etc. There are definitely some young families in Sonoma, though in my experience of living here, most people either had their kids late (later 30's) or early (early 20's). It is odd, there is a big lack of people in their late 20's to late 30's. To be truthful, I am not sure I would say there was a thriving young family demographic here, but I have heard that Healdsburg has a much more balanced group of young families, and is quite similar to Sonoma. Although farther from SF.

Also, it is true about the retirees, Sonoma has the oldest population in Sonoma County. However, accoring to the Press Democrat paper, in the next 15 years the county as a whole will have 50% of its population over the age of 65. Which makes driving on 101 sound a bit frightening! So, the whole area is really aging.

I would explore Healdsburg, and Sebastopol, which are both known to be really kid focused. And, Sebastopol's public schools have always had great reputations.
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Old 10-26-2007, 04:53 PM
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thank you so much for your input. i have heard great things about healdsburg and sebastopol but they are a bit far for us. we're going to give sonoma a shot... how can you go wrong when you are walking distance to a winery?
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