Sonoma, California

Sonoma is a city in Sonoma County, California, located in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. Sonoma is one of the principal cities of California's Wine Country and the center of the Sonoma Valley AVA. Sonoma's population was 10,739 as of the 2020 census,[9] while the Sonoma urban area had a population of 32,678.[12] Sonoma is a popular tourist destination, owing to its Californian wineries, noted events like the Sonoma International Film Festival, and its historic center.

Sonoma, California
City of Sonoma
Top: Sonoma City Hall (left) and shops around Sonoma Plaza (right); middle: shops on Spain St.; bottom: Mission San Francisco Solano (left) and Buena Vista Winery (right)
Location in Sonoma County
and the state of California
Sonoma, California
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 38°17′20″N 122°27′32″W[1]
CountryUnited States
StateCalifornia
CountySonoma
laid out1835
IncorporatedSeptember 3, 1883[2]
Government
  TypeCouncil–manager[3]
  MayorMadolyn Agrimonti[4]
  City ManagerDavid Kiff[5]
Area
  City2.74 sq mi (7.11 km2)
  Land2.74 sq mi (7.11 km2)
  Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0%
Elevation85 ft (26 m)
Population
  City10,739[9]
  Estimate 
(2020-04)[10]
11,024
  Density4,017.49/sq mi (1,551.39/km2)
  Metro483,878
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific)
  Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
95476
Area code707
FIPS code06-72646
GNIS feature IDs277617, 2411929
Websitewww.sonomacity.org

Sonoma's origins date to 1823, when the José Altimira established Mission San Francisco Solano, under the direction of Governor Luis Antonio Argüello. Following the Mexican secularization of the missions, famed Californio statesman Mariano G. Vallejo founded Sonoma on the former mission's lands in 1835. Sonoma served as the base of General Vallejo's operations until the Bear Flag Revolt in 1846, when American filibusters overthrew the local Mexican government and declared the California Republic, ushering in the American Conquest of California.


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