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Tuolumne County, California


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Statistics & Facts

The California state capital is Sacramento.
The population of Sonora is approximately 4,648 (2006), 4903 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 2,197 (2000), 2199 (2010).
The amount of land area in Sonora is 7.9 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Sonora is 3.0 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Sonora to Washington DC is 2460 miles.
The distance to the California state capital is 70 miles. (as the crow flies)
Sonora is positioned 37.98 degrees north of the equator and 120.38 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Sonora elevation is 1,825 feet above sea level.
Sonora per capita income is $ 24,860 (2003).
Sonora median income is $ 33,700 (2005).
The Sonora median home price is $ 289,000 (2005).
Sonora average annual rainfall is 33 inches per year
The average low temperature is 42 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 70 degrees F.


in central California On the edge of the Sierra Nevada Range near Yosemite National Park. It is about 46 miles from Turlock and about 63 miles from Stockton. Other nearby communities include East Sonora, Jamestown, Columbia, East Sonora-Phoenix Lake, Phoenix Lake-Cedar Ridge, Mono Vista, Soulsbyville, Chinese Camp.

Here is a map page for Sonora.
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History & History Related Items

Mexican settlers did not mix well with many of the other latin settlers, so they established this town of Sonora in 1848, naming it after their home state in Mexico. It is the county seat of Tuolumne County and was the feature area in several of Mark Twain's stories. As with many of the new gold towns, Sonora had its wild days with fights, saloons and other mischief. The wildness was overcome, however and the town florished with many historic homes built that still exist today. The Opera Hall is one of those that has been restored.

See this history page for Sonora.
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The settling of Sonora


The incorporation of Sonora

1851, May 1


The SOnora Opera Hall
The hall has been restored since it was acquired by the city in 1986. It is once again a bright spot in the Sonora historic downtown area.

See Sonora Photos.
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Sonora City Government

City of Sonora
94 N. Washington Street
Sonora, CA 95370
Phone: (209) 532-4541

Sonora is the County seat of Tuolumne County. As of 2008, it is the only incorporated city in the county.

Sonora Chamber

Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce
222 South Shepherd Street
Sonora, CA 95370
Phone: 209-532-4212
Toll-free: 877-532-4212
Historic Sonora Chamber of Commerce

Sonora Organizations

Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce
222 South Shepherd Street
Sonora, CA 95370
Phone: 209-532-4212
Toll-free: 877-532-4212
Historic Sonora Chamber of Commerce

Sonora Schools

Sonora Elementary School
Home of the Bobcats
830 Greenley Road
Sonora, CA 95370
Phone: 209-532-3159
Sonora Union High School
251 South Barretta Street
Sonora, CA 95370
Phone: 209-533-8510

Columbia College
11600 Columbia College Dr.
Sonora, CA 95370
Phone: (209)588-5100 Sonora


The population of Sonora was:
1990 - 4,153
2000 - 4,423
2006 - 4,648

The number of housing units was:
1990 - 2,084
2000 - 2,197

Median Age:
2000 - 41.1 years

Median household income:
2000 - $ 28,858
2005 - $ 33,700

Median house value:
2000 - $ 136,400
2005 - $ 289,000

Sonora is located in the pacific time zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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