Is Santa Rosa CA a good place to raise a family?
No, not really, not unless you are very rich, and your kids will inherit.
AS things stand now, unless your kid grows up to be a CEO or Doctor, they won’t be able to have what one would call a “normal life” in Santa Rosa, as they won’t be able to buy a house, have normal stuff, etc.
This is a big big issue, not just for SR, but for many “blue” left leaning “cool places”, as the folks who live there support good economics and sharing, but don’t want more building (to lower housing costs), and in fact just voted down some bonds to MAKE more affordable housing.
Lots of homeless here now. Regular folks struggle to make it.
Right now, only a quarter of folks can afford a house
Only 26% of Sonoma County residents can afford median home price
Now, it is fairly safe, weather nice, lots of fun stuff, beautiful area. But a place to PICK to raise a family? hmm, no. just no.
Go somewhere like Olympia WA, low costs, good schools, and some hope.