Sonoma County Economic Development board releases data for nine cities

SONOMA COUNTY -- The Sonoma County Economic Development Board, in partnership with city councils and chambers of commerce, has released a new series of City Economic Reports for each of the nine incorporated areas in Sonoma County.

Areas covered by the reports include employment, demographics, residential and commercial real estate, consumer spending, and education.

This series of reports is a pilot project, and the board is expecting to produce them annually.

Highlights for each city:

Cloverdale saw residential housing vacancy rates increase from 4.7 percent in 2000 to 7.7 percent in 2009. The five-year projection expects a decrease to 6.6 percent. Office and industrial vacancy rates are lowest in the county, but retail vacancy is the highest, at 14 percent as of last year.

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