Sonoma County, CA

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2020 Population
496,801
0.594% 1-year decline
US Senator
Dianne Feinstein
Democratic Party
US Senator
Alex Padilla
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
42.4
0.713% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
8.8%
4.61% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$86,173
6.36% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$640,000
4.99% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
253,919
0.842% 1-year decline

About

In 2020, Sonoma County, CA had a population of 497k people with a median age of 42.4 and a median household income of $86,173. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Sonoma County, CA declined from 499,772 to 496,801, a −0.594% decrease and its median household income grew from $81,018 to $86,173, a 6.36% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Sonoma County, CA are White (Non-Hispanic) (62.5%), Other (Hispanic) (12.8%), White (Hispanic) (9.98%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.17%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.6%).

None of the households in Sonoma County, CA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

90.9% of the residents in Sonoma County, CA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Sonoma County, CA are Santa Rosa Junior College (123013) (7,044 degrees awarded in 2020), Sonoma State University (2,483 degrees), and Empire College (190 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Sonoma County, CA was $640,000, and the homeownership rate was 61.3%.

Most people in Sonoma County, CA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Sonoma County, CA was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Sonoma County, CA is home to a population of 497k people, from which 90.9% are citizens. As of 2018, 16.6% of Sonoma County, CA residents were born outside of the country (83k people).

In 2020, there were 4.88 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (311k people) in Sonoma County, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 63.6k Other (Hispanic) and 49.6k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

90.9%
2020 Citizenship
90.8%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 90.9% of Sonoma County, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Sonoma County, CA was 90.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Sonoma County, CA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    311k ± 871
  2. Other (Hispanic)
    63.6k ± 3.24k
  3. White (Hispanic)
    49.6k ± 2.79k
27%
Hispanic Population
134k people

In 2020, there were 4.88 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (311k people) in Sonoma County, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 63.6k Other (Hispanic) and 49.6k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

27% of the people in Sonoma County, CA are hispanic (134k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Sonoma County, CA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    4,008,868 ± 46,586 people
  2. Philippines
    829,356 ± 22,122 people
  3. China
    683,718 ± 20,124 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 4,008,868 California residents, followed by Philippines with 829,356 and China with 683,718.

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Foreign-Born Population

16.6%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
83k people
16.6%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
83.3k people

As of 2018, 16.6% of Sonoma County, CA residents (83k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.5%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Sonoma County, CA was 16.6%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    10,655 ± 621
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    3,644 ± 543
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,766 ± 343

Sonoma County, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.92 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Sonoma County, CA employs 254k people. The largest industries in Sonoma County, CA are Health Care & Social Assistance (33,023 people), Retail Trade (29,830 people), and Manufacturing (25,298 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($95,827), Public Administration ($71,844), and Finance & Insurance ($71,304).

Males in California have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $64,427. The income inequality in California (measured using the Gini index) is 0.498, which is higher than than the national average.

Occupations

254k
2020 Value
± 4,072
−0.842%
1 Year decline
± 2.18%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Sonoma County, CA declined at a rate of −0.842%, from 256k employees to 254k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Sonoma County, CA, are Management Occupations (31,293 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (26,955 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (26,611 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Sonoma County, CA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

254k
2020 Value
± 4,072
−0.842%
1 Year decline
± 2.18%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Sonoma County, CA declined at a rate of −0.842%, from 256k employees to 254k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Sonoma County, CA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (33,023 people), Retail Trade (29,830 people), and Manufacturing (25,298 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Sonoma County, CA, though some of these residents may live in Sonoma County, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$48,247
Median earning men ± $1,553
$36,563
Median earning women ± $993

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Public Administration ($85,296), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($80,019), and Information ($79,356).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Public Administration ($62,717), Information ($61,182), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($53,947).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in California. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in California.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 5,419
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 3,399
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 3,271
    Manufacturing

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $5.44M
    Manufacturing
  2. $4.98M
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. $1.91M
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $407B
  2. $158B
  3. $149B

In 2020, the top outbound California product (by dollars) was Electronics with $407B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($158B) and Mixed freight ($149B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound California products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$2.26T
2020 Value in California
$4.61T
Projected 2050 Value in California
104% growth

In 2020, total outbound California trade was $2.26T. This is expected to increase 104% to $4.61T by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound California trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $83.5B
  2. $44.4B
  3. $43.3B

In 2020, the top outbound California domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $83.5B, followed by Arizona with $44.4B and Ohio and $43.3B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that California shares with each state (excluding itself).

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In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Sonoma County, CA went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 74.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (23%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.27%).

Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla are the senators currently representing the state of California. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

California is currently represented by 53 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from California

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Dianne Feinstein
Senator from California1
Assumed office on November 10, 1992
Elected to the seat to succeed John Seymour (California politician)|John Seymour, who had been appointed to the seat after Pete Wilson was elected Governor of California.
Alex Padilla
Senator from California3
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Kamala Harris, who had become Vice President of the United States.

Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla are the senators currently representing California.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in California over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from California

California is currently represented by 53 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for California have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2020, universities in Sonoma County, CA awarded 9,854 degrees. The student population of Sonoma County, CA in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 9,997 male students and 15,274 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Sonoma County, CA are White (4,421 and 45.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (3,230 and 33.4%), Unknown (777 and 8.03%), and Two or More Races (522 and 5.4%).

The largest universities in Sonoma County, CA by number of degrees awarded are Santa Rosa Junior College (123013) (7,044 and 71.5%), Sonoma State University (2,483 and 25.2%), and Empire College (190 and 1.93%).

The most popular majors in Sonoma County, CA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (2,910 and 29.5%), General Business Administration & Management (693 and 7.03%), and General Social Sciences (483 and 4.9%).

The median tuition costs in Sonoma County, CA are $9,375 for private four year colleges, and $5,742 and $17,622 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

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In 2020 in Sonoma County, CA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 89.1%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 7.67%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 25,271 (39.6% men and 60.4% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2020 there were 25,271 students enrolled in Sonoma County, CA, 39.6% men and 60.4% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 10,752 records, of which 58.6% were women and 41.4% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 341 degree-majors awarded
  2. 190 degree-majors awarded
  3. 483 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Sonoma County, CA was Biological & Physical Sciences with 341 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Sonoma County, CA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 7,044 degrees awarded
  2. 2,483 degrees awarded
  3. 190 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Santa Rosa Junior College (123013) with 7,044 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2020, 3,810 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Sonoma County, CA, which is 0.63 times less than the 6,044 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 4,421 degrees mean that there were 1.37 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 3,230 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($9,375) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($2,210) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Public, 2-year ($1,972) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 1.74% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 1.99% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were Some college (7.14M), High School or Equivalent (6.69M), and Bachelors Degree (6.15M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Sonoma County, CA was $640,000 in 2020, which is 2.79 times larger than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $609,600 to $640,000, a 4.99% increase. The homeownership rate in Sonoma County, CA is 61.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Sonoma County, CA have an average commute time of 25.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Sonoma County, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Sonoma County, CA is $86,173. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Sonoma County, CA was Census Tract 1515.03 with a value of $137,644, followed by Census Tract 1538.07 and Census Tract 1506.07, with respective values of $133,036 and $131,402.

In 2021, 22.8% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Sonoma County, CA. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 2.18%.

Property

$640,000
Median Property Value 2020
±$5,262
$115,845
Median Property Taxes
±$2,416

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Sonoma County, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Sonoma County, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

61.3%
Homeownership
2020
69%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 61.3% of the housing units in Sonoma County, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 61.5%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 1515.03
  2. Census Tract 1538.07
  3. Census Tract 1506.07

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Sonoma County, CA was Census Tract 1515.03 with a value of $137,644, followed by Census Tract 1538.07 and Census Tract 1506.07, with respective values of $133,036 and $131,402.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Sonoma County, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$86,173
Median Household Income
± $1,168
189k
Number of Households
± 3,154

In 2020, the median household income of the 189k households in Sonoma County, CA grew to $86,173 from the previous year's value of $81,018.

The following chart displays the households in Sonoma County, CA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Sonoma County, CA is from California.
0.498
2020 Wage GINI in California
0.499
2019 Wage GINI in California

In 2020, the income inequality in California was 0.498 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.321% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (74.2%)
  2. Carpooled (10.4%)
  3. Worked At Home (9.08%)

In 2020, 74.2% of workers in Sonoma County, CA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.4%) and those who worked at home (9.08%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

25.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Sonoma County, CA have a shorter commute time (25.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 3.73% of the workforce in Sonoma County, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Sonoma County, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Sonoma County, CA have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2021, 22.8% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Sonoma County, CA. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 2.18%.

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Poverty & Diversity

8.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Sonoma County, CA (43.1k out of 490k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Sonoma County, CA is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2021, 7.7% of the children was living in poverty in Sonoma County, CA. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 7.5%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2021, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 368 in Sonoma County, CA. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 13.9 per 100,000 population.

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94% of the population of Sonoma County, CA has health coverage, with 47.9% on employee plans, 15.4% on Medicaid, 14.4% on Medicare, 15.2% on non-group plans, and 1.05% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in California was $7,549 in 2014. This is a 4.04% increase from the previous year ($7,256).

Primary care physicians in Sonoma County, CA see 965 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.43% decrease from the previous year (979 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1068 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 206 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.9% were men and 52.1% were women.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in California, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

965 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Sonoma County, CA

Primary care physicians in Sonoma County, CA see an average of 965 patients per year. This represents a 1.43% decrease from the previous year (979 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Sonoma County, CA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of California across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 21.1% under 18 years, 19.5% between 18 and 34 years, 39.9% between 35 and 64 years, and 19.5% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.9% were men and 52.1% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

6.04%
Uninsured
47.9%
Employer Coverage
15.4%
Medicaid
14.4%
Medicare
15.2%
Non-Group
1.05%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Sonoma County, CA declined by 0.768% from 6.09% to 6.04%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Sonoma County, CA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2021, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 26.4 in Sonoma County, CA.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 23.9% in Sonoma County, CA.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 8.16% in Sonoma County, CA.

The graphic shows the trend of the indicator in Sonoma County, CA.

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