Centrally located in the heart of Sonoma County, Rohnert Park is one of the first master planned communities in the United States. Tree-lined streets, distinctive neighborhoods and low crime rates have attracted families to Rohnert Park apartments for rent, and accessibility from US Highway 101 has made Rohnert Park an attractive site for industrial development. Each neighborhood is planned around a centrally located park and elementary school, and Sonoma County's warm days and cool nights make it the perfect place for outdoor relaxation. With a population of 43,062 residents, Rohnert Park is the third largest city in Sonoma County.
As a planned community designed for family living, Rohnert Park boasts more public and private recreational facilities than any other city in the North Bay. Two performing arts centers host live performances throughout the year, and 21 neighborhood parks provide numerous opportunities for residents in Rohnert Park apartments to get involved in community sports and activity programs.
The Rohnert Park Community Center provides residents with a multi-use facility for rent with amenities including a large commercial kitchen, high-speed internet, and a built-in sound system. The smaller lounge within the community center accommodates classes, and one of the largest pottery studios in the area operates out of this downtown community complex.
Rohnert Park is known for having a diverse local economy, and business parks to the west of Highway 101 are filled with companies producing everything from farm equipment to computer panels. Small production and service shops thrive alongside larger companies that provide the most jobs to Rohnert Park residents. Top employers include State Farm Insurance, Sonoma State University, Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District, SBC and the Double Tree Hotel. Retail centers play a significant role as well, and easy access off of Highway 101 has contributed to their growth and development.
Rohnert Park features one of the country's first technology-based high schools, operated by Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District and designed to prepare students for advanced study in science and math, and entry-level positions in the booming high tech industry. Additionally, Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District operates 11 schools. Sonoma State University is known for its picturesque campus and unique coursework offerings as part of the curriculum in the Wine Business Program, a testament to the importance of vineyards in the Sonoma Valley.
Rohnert Park includes a variety of housing options, including single family homes, condominiums and numerous rental properties. Sustainable growth is a priority in Rohnert Park, and the creation of affordable housing units in this planned community has made it an attractive choice for members of the Rohnert Park workforce. Additionally, the Community Development Commission of the City of Rohnert Park provides housing programs and assistance for low income households by funding housing rehabilitation loans and development of apartment complexes and facilities designated for use by low income residents. City-data.com reports that the median gross rent for rentals in Rohnert Park was $1,225 in 2009.
The Dorothy Rohnert Spreckels Performing Arts Center hosts dance, music and theater productions throughout the year in a 41,000 square foot facility that contains two large theaters along with a smaller theater used by local arts groups and schools. The modern facility has become an important cultural landmark in the Bay Area, and provides entertainment to almost half a million people from Sonoma, Napa, Marin and Mendocino counties.
Rohnert Park residents celebrate their diverse community during the annual Rohnert Park Arts and Music Festival, a family-oriented gathering featuring music, art, games and food provided by local restaurants. Residents ring in the New Year by taking part in the Rohnert Park Chamber of Commerce Crab Feed, an annual event held during the first week of January featuring all-you-can-eat hot crab and an open bar.
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