Santa Rosa Named Among Top 100 Best Places by; Popular Website Ranks Quality of Life in America’s Cities

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Visit Santa Rosa announces that Santa Rosa, CA has been listed on the list of the top 100 best cities to live in the US. This award is one of numerous the city has garnered in 2013.

The respected website has listed Santa Rosa in its top 100 Best Places to live in the U.S. with high marks for demographics and amenities with a good majority of homeowners, a mild summer and a commitment to being a Green city. is a national website, seen in and USA Today, which ranks quality of life amenities of America’s small and mid-sized cities. Their Top 100 Best Places to Live team partnered with Richard Florida’s Martin Prosperity Institute, the world's leading think tank, on the role of location, place, and city-regions in global economic prosperity, conducting a months-long study of more than 1,700 U.S. cities and the factors that make them the best place to live, work and play. Life in Santa Rosa is also characterized by a love for the land, respect for nature, desire to explore and a taste for the artisan. For more information about visiting & relocation see or call (800) 404-7673.

Allen Thomas, a Sonoma County Urban Planning Consultant, says, “Santa Rosa to me is the heart of Sonoma County where everything converges together and creative people come to express themselves in an array of activities and events. The weather is wonderful and location amazing, offering the best Sonoma County Wine Country has to offer.” Just 35 to 45 minutes from wine appellations Carneros, Russian River and Alexander Valley, Thomas notes a very important feature of Santa Rosa, that when one comes back to town from excursions in and around the County there is a full spectrum of unique amenities available including hotels and award-winning dining experiences. Not many smaller towns can say that.

In 2013 alone Santa Rosa has drawn visitors from across the U.S. and the globe and received accolades from; Inc. Magazine, who placed 17 Sonoma County companies on their list of top fastest growing businesses in the United States, Forbes Magazine placed Santa Rosa on its list of Best Places for Businesses & Careers and Trip Advisor named Sonoma County the #1 wine region in the United States and number two overall in the world. Northern California Wine Country cuisine is one of Santa Rosa's biggest attractions and earned Santa Rosa Sperling's “best place to live if you’re a foodie” designation.

About the Survey
The data collected for the ranking were weighted based on an exclusive survey conducted for Livability by Ipsos Public Affairs, a leading global market research firm. Respondents were asked about factors that make their communities better places to live including; economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and healthcare. The scores were ranked and listed from that data.

About Santa Rosa
Visit Santa Rosa provides assistance to visitors and groups seeking information about lodging, dining and cycling entertainment opportunities in Santa Rosa. The bureau also operates an Official State of California Welcome Center, and helps to bring visitors & events to Santa Rosa, such as the Amgen Tour of California. For more information, please call (707) 577-8674 or

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