Can anyone tell me if petaluma is a nice area to live in and can Nurses afford to live there. What does the salary for Nurses in the area average. I just got finished working at Vandenburg Med Cntr near vacaville and explored the area on the weekends. My only fear is that I won't be able to afford the lifestyle that I can provide for my family in Detroit. Nurses are you living well in California. Thanks for your replies.