Located just 55 miles north of San Francisco, you will find a vibrant city overflowing with all there is to love about California. Welcome to Santa Rosa where everything comes together ~ wine country, farm country, redwood forests and rivers, lakes and the Pacific Ocean. In the center of all that is our charming, thriving downtown lined with intriguing shops and award-winning restaurants. Santa Rosa is a charter city incorporated in 1868 and is the county seat of Sonoma County, one of California's premier wine growing regions and the gateway to tourist destinations in the redwoods and on the coast. Santa Rosa is the 26th largest city in the state serving a population of about 170,000 residents. The City provides a full range of services including police and fire protection, construction and maintenance of streets and other infrastructure, water, storm water and wastewater utilities, housing services through the its Housing Authority, economic development, public transit, parking, and recreation and parks, including a municipal golf course. The City also plays an important role in supporting the tourism and agriculture industries of California's north coast.