The City of Sonora was settled in 1848, making it one of the original gold rush towns in California. Sonora is the County Seat of Tuolumne County, with a population of approximately 4,500 and is the commercial center for the surrounding area. Our vibrant historic downtown area hosts a variety of retailers, services, restaurants and entertainment, and serves as a hub for many community events. Sonora is a family oriented community, with many recreational opportunities close by, such as Yosemite National Park, as well as numerous lakes and ski resorts. Beautifully located on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, we are within a two hour drive of Sacramento, San Francisco, and Fresno.