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Calistoga

The pretty resort city of Calistoga increased its population by 15% in the 1980's but in real numbers this came out to only 589 people. Total population today 4,900.

There is some new housing on the north side of town but most of Calistoga's homes have existed since, pre World War II, the 1950's and 1960's, including a few Victorians. Away from the main drag, Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, has a retiring air and, in fact, folks age 55 and older make up about 36% of the population.

Legend has it the town got its name when founding father Sam Brannan stood up, after a few good drinks at a grand party to introduce Calistoga as the "Saratoga of California". Calistoga has hot springs and mud baths, much like the resort town of Saratoga in New York. Sam, slipping up his words, instead popped out with "Calistoga of Sarafornia" and the name stuck.

The school rankings bounce all over, low and high, and suggest a mix of suburban and rural. Rural scores are often low.

Calistoga is the northernmost town in the county, a long way from the East Bay and San Francisco. But back roads run over to Highway 12 and Highway 101, and from there Santa Rosa is but a short drive. Being a resort town, Calistoga has its own employment base; restaurants, inns, hotels, spas, stores, and country club nearby.

Recreation includes the library community center, petrified forest, Mt. St. Helena, and state park nearby.


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