Thinking of retiring in Santa Rosa, California?
Santa Rosa, like Eureka and Crescent City, is located on California's Northern Coast, but south of those cities. A comfortable climate and high standard of living make many California cities high on the list of retirement destinations, although Santa Rose is less familiar to many than cities like San Diego California.
Retirement Communities: Friends house and Vineyard Commons offer quality independent living. More retirement communities can be found here.
Santa Rosa Population: 156,000 (2005)
CNN Demographic Profile for Santa Rosa
Climate: Hot summers and mild, cool winters make Santa Rosa's climate comfortable for most people. The dry heat of California is very different from points north and east, so it's a good idea to spend some time in a community before moving there.
Cost of Living: High
Housing Costs: High. See this Zillow link for more Santa Rosa Housing Data
Taxes: California generally has high taxes compared to other states. Extensive California Tax details are here: http://www.ftb.ca.gov/
Colleges and Universities: Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University in the UC system offer many classes and courses in various disciplines.
Santa Rosa Transportation: Santa Rosa City Bus offers in city transportation while Sonoma County Transit provides bus service regionally.
Health care: Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital: http://www.santarosamemorial.org
Sutter Hospital: http://www.suttersantarosa.org/
Travel and tourism: Visit the Santa Rosa Chamber website fo more about travel, hotels, and lodging in the Santa Rose area: http://www.santarosachamber.com/ or contact them for free information: Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, 637 First Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.