Rohnert Park is one of the first planned communities in the United States. The city was designed with families in mind, with the focus being on children. Each Rohnert Park neighborhood was designed around a city park and elementary school, and the tree-lined streets are connected by bikeways and walkways. The city is also home to Sonoma State University, which offers 9 credential programs and eight undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. Although the original designer's focus was children, the needs of seniors were not left out.
Rohnert Park staffs a Senior Center that is located adjacent to The Altamont, an active senior living complex. The senior living complex is within an easy walk to city transportation and shopping. Rohnert Park also offers plenty of employment opportunities. The city is located in the center of the 16-mile business corridor known as the Telecom Valley, one of the fastest-growing telecommunications areas in the world.