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If you’re hoping to escape the crowded city life in favor of a quaint community with a small-town feel, be sure to check out Cotati. With only about 7,600 residents (as of 2020), the city offers a slower pace than other parts of Sonoma County and the Bay Area. Both long-term and new Cotati businesses make an effort to maintain the city’s distinct way of life while remaining welcoming to newcomers from throughout the region. 

Cotati is ideal for commuters who head south for work, while others find employment at local businesses or the university. Sonoma State University is located just outside of the city limits, but the school’s presence is felt heavily here. It serves as a cultural asset, but culture has never really been an issue in Coati. The city is home to the Cotati Philharmonic, the Cotati Accordion Festival, and the Cotati Jazz Festival. 

If you’re looking for something to do, there are plenty of options to explore right in Cotati. The Cotati Farmers Market features locally grown fruits and vegetables, and Karah Estate Vineyards features unique wines with a backdrop of 140 acres of rolling hills. Nightlife is also popular here, especially at Tradewinds, which features live music almost every night, and dining options in the city are delicious and diverse. 

If you’re looking for a sense of community where you are surrounded by beautiful views, outdoor recreation, and familiar faces, check out the housing options available in Cotati.