Poll: Should Sonoma's Population Grow?

Recent figures show Sonoma's population growth among the lowest in Sonoma County communities – do you like the trend?


Recent population statistics show Sonoma's population increasing at a slower rate than the already stagnated county growth.

Between Jan 1 and Dec. 31, Sonoma County's population increased less than a half percent – rising up to 487,011, according to statistics obtained by the Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Sonoma– along with Cloverdale, Cotati and Rohnert Park – had the smallest growth of any Sonoma County City, just .1 percent. 

Economists blame the stagnant growth on the poor economy, which is lowering the immigration rates of ethnic populations.

“The bottom line is people are still reeling from the recession,” Robert Eyler, head of the Center for Regional and Economic Analysis at Sonoma State University, told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. “You're seeing people staying in one place"

But Sonoma's growth remains slow even in long-term estimations. Population predictions released by the Association of Bay Area Governments in Plan Bay Area anticipate Sonoma will grow just 12 percent by 2040 – the second lowest growth of any North Bay municipality.

Though the statistics, released in conjunction with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, are still in draft form, the final version of the plan will create recommendations for future housing growth.

Currently, Sonoma is slated for just 3 percent more housing over the next 27 years – an increase of 170 units.

Are you in favor of such slow growth? Overpopulation leads to a decrease in municipal offerings, but growth – especially of housing units – spurs the economy and can lead to job and business growth.

Dee Baucher May 11, 2012 at 08:46 PM
How were these statistics obtained? What criteria for substantiating population growth is accurate when much of the growth is associated with illegal immigration, and many people may be resistant to confirming their undocumented presence?
pete May 11, 2012 at 09:45 PM
People are returning to Mexico etc because of lack of jobs here. There is no mystery to this as they have closed many temporary housing facilities for migrant workers. The general economic malaise makes all people either not come here or leave for better opportunities elsewhere.
will ackley May 13, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Sonomas a different kinda town it swells to a over populated townveveryweekend I'm so happy to here these statistics lets work with what we got. This is a abundant area lets use our abundance wislely and open the doors to good quality local business and avoid the sprawl of other communitys
Richard May 13, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I agree with Will. We should open the doors to good quality businesses. I spent yesterday in Healdsberg, enjoying their numerous art galleries. If we could increase the quality businesses near the Plaza, it would enhance Sonoma--it would create jobs, bring in money for our economy and could be a win win situation.


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