Life in Santa Rosa, CA?

  1. I was wondering after doing some salary research and finding that some areas of calif are still affordable.... what is life in Santa Rosa like? Does anyone know, and also what hospitals are nearest? TIA
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  3. by   browneyedgirl71
    I used to live about 10 miles from Santa Rosa. I love Sonoma county!! It has grown a lot in the past 5-10 years though. It's mostly country out there and when you drive on the freeway you see lots of cows, horses and vineyards.

    Sorry I can't give you info on any hospitals there...I moved away before I started going to nursing school. I can tell you that my friend had her babies at Petaluma Hospital and she had a good experience. Petaluma is about 10-15 miles from Santa Rosa. I know Kaiser is big in the Sonoma area.

    Good luck....if ya move there have fun with the wine tasting in Napa, Sonoma, and the Russian River!!
  4. by   777RNThatsMe
    thank you very much for the info. Sounds lovely !
  5. by   MsMissy
    Hi!

    I grew up in Santa Rosa, Ca... and have been really wanting to go back. The housing costs are beyond insane. the house next to my parents sold for half a million - it is only about 1200 sq ft and about 30 yrs old. Nice neighborhood though. There are plenty of RN positions available - like most of the country. Try St. Josephs - or what was known as Memorial Hospital. go to http://www.stjosephhealth.org/santarosa/

    Hope this helps.
  6. by   ginger58
    I've lived in Santa Rosa for five years. We got here before the housing inflation. The houses are sitting on the market for a long time because the asking prices are so high. The area is lovely and it's not a tourist town. There are three hospitals here: Memorial which is St. Joseph's Health Care System, Sutter, and Kaiser of N. CA. I find the salaries decent but I don't have to support a family. There are 3-4 hospices, correctional nursing, public health and lots of temporary agencies. I wouldn't live any where else. If there's any way I can help you please let me know.
  7. by   ginger58
    Quote from ginger58
    I've lived in Santa Rosa for five years. We got here before the housing inflation. The houses are sitting on the market for a long time because the asking prices are so high. The area is lovely and it's not a tourist town. There are three hospitals here: Memorial which is St. Joseph's Health Care System, Sutter, and Kaiser of N. CA. I find the salaries decent but I don't have to support a family. There are 3-4 hospices, correctional nursing, public health and lots of temporary agencies. I wouldn't live any where else. If there's any way I can help you please let me know.
    I forgot to add that there is Petaluma Valley Hospital (a part of St. Joe's system), Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol, and a small hospital in Healdsburg.
  8. by   777RNThatsMe
    Thank you everyone. The funny thing is...I found on this site a link once, to some comparison cost of living...it said how much you make now..and how much you'd have to make at X place/town...to maintain same lifestyle. Well, It must have been outdated b/c it said santa rosa was cheaper to live than in central WA HA HA...guess not! I want to go back to Calif and cannot decide where - it's such a big state. I don't want fog all the time or overcast much of the time...but I don't want horrific smog either. I want to plan some "road trips" but am trying to narrow it down. I suppose I could just apply at all the hospitals and see what happens...but thats alot of them! Ya'll want to know something funny ...I looked on craigslist yesterday for seattle and it was MORe expensive for rentals than in LA! Yikes! Currently I live in a pitstop of a town in central wa and you can still buy a 3 bed 2ba for under 200K....but not for long. They say it will compound soon like the rest of the states...so I am contemplating staying and buying...and waiting...or not!

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