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Sonoma County

is on the northwest coast of California, in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, USA. Its population at the 2000 census was 458,614. Its largest city and county seat is Santa Rosa.

Sonoma is the southwestern county of California's Wine Country region: Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake counties. It has thirteen approved American Viticultural Areas, and over 250 wineries. In 2002 Sonoma County ranked as the second county in the United States in agricultural production. As early as 1920 Sonoma County was ranked as the eighth most productive U.S county, largely due to the abundance of high quality irrigation water.

Winemaking—both the growing of the grapes and their vinting—is an important part of the economic and cultural life of Sonoma County. In 2004, growers harvested 165,783 tonss (150,396 tonnes) of wine grapes worth US$310 million. In 2006 the Sonoma County grape harvest amounted to over 185,000 tons, exceeding Napa County's harvest by over 30 percent.[11] About 80 percent of non-pasture agricultural land in the county is for growing wine grapes—59,973 acres (242.70 km²) of vineyards, with over 1100 growers. The most common varieties planted are Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir, though the area is also known for its Merlot and Zinfandel.

Sonoma County is home to more than 250 wineries with eleven distinct and two shared American Viticultural Areas, including the Sonoma Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley, Bennett Valley and Dry Creek Valley, the last of which is known for the production of high-quality zinfandels.

More than 7.4 million tourists visit each year, spending more than $1 billion in 2006. Sonoma County is the home of Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College.

Cities and towns

Sonoma County has nine incorporated cities ,

In order of population, they are: Santa Rosa (156,200), Petaluma (56,727), Rohnert Park (42,236), Windsor (22,744), Healdsburg (10,722), Sonoma (9,128), Sebastopol (7,774), Cloverdale (7,636), and Cotati (6,471).

The county also has a number of  CDPs 

Bodega Bay • Boyes Hot Springs • El Verano • Eldridge • Fetters Hot Springs-Agua Caliente • Forestville • Glen Ellen • Graton • Guerneville • Larkfield-Wikiup • Monte Rio • Occidental • Roseland • Temelec

and Unincorporated Communities

Cazadero • Duncans Mills • Freestone • Geyserville • Jenner • Kenwood • Penngrove • Sea Ranch

Sonoma County is bounded on the west by the Pacific Ocean, and has 76 miles of coastline. The major coastal hydrographic features are Bodega Bay, the mouth of the Russian River, and the mouth of the Gualala River, at the border with Mendocino County.

Six of the county's nine cities, from Healdsburg south through Santa Rosa to Rohnert Park and Cotati, are in the Santa Rosa Plain. The northern Plain drains to the Russian River, or a tributary; the southern Plain drains to the Russian River via the Laguna de Santa Rosa.

Russian River

Much of central and northern Sonoma County is in the watershed of the Russian River and its tributaries. The river rises in the coastal mountains of Mendocino County, north of the city of Ukiah, and flows into Lake Mendocino, a major flood control reservoir. The Russian flows south from the lake through Mendocino to Sonoma County, paralleled by Highway 101. It turns west at Healdsburg, receiving water from Lake Sonoma via Dry Creek, and empties into the Pacific Ocean at Jenner.

Sonoma County's governing board and legislative body is a five-member Board of Supervisors. Supervisors are elected by district, at the Consolidated Primary Election, and serve for four years. The Supervisors also sit as directors of several local jurisdictions, such as the Water Agency, and Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District.

The County Administrator is the county's chief executive officer, reporting to the Board of Supervisors manage the county's departments.

Places of interest

Tolay Lake Regional Park Sonoma Coast State Beach including Arched Rock Beach, Gleason Beach and Goat Rock Beach.
Bodega Bay
Fort Ross, former Russian fur trade outpost
Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, in Santa Rosa
Luther Burbank Gold Ridge Experiment Farm, in Sebastopol
Lake Sonoma
Tolay Lake Regional Park
Jack London State Historic Park Author Jack London's Beauty Ranch, in Glen Ellen
Rancho Petaluma Adobe, Petaluma
Mission San Francisco Solano, across from Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma

Sonoma County Transit is the countywide transit operator, providing service to all cities in Sonoma County.

Santa Rosa Transit provides bus routes in and near the city of Santa Rosa.
The cities of Healdsburg and Petaluma also provide their own local bus service.

Golden Gate Transit connects Santa Rosa and points south with Marin County and San Francisco.

Mendocino Transit Authority runs north from Santa Rosa to Ukiah (via US 101) and to the coast (via California Routes 12 and 1).


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