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I've lived in Davis for 13 years, completed K--12 grade school. The schools are great, education is highly valued, and youth activities (sports, music, extracurriculars, etc.). The mostly liberal community has high ethnic, gender, and religious acceptance, low crime rates, and a generally safe environment. There's lots of restaurants all over town with all kinds of good dining options and an emphasis on farm-market food. Biking is a great way to get around with bike paths all across the town; public buses are also available. Property tends to be expensive, but worth it for the community and schools.
It gives you a small-town feel, but it is great that it still feels like a college town. There are great restaurants, especially with the popular downtown in the middle of Davis. Farmer's Market is great on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There are many local small businesses that are unique. I have lived in Davis my whole life, and I love it!
Davis is a great town for families. The great schools, safety, and lack of night life is perfect for new families looking for a place to settle in. Although it is a college town, the college kids tend to stay on campus and be rowdy away from the homes of Davis residents. On another note, the community of Davis is very inviting and weekly events such as the farmers market bring the community together. I gave Davis 4 stars because although it is pretty great, the cost of living within the city is pretty costly for the most part due to the high demand to live here and the extra school taxes required of Davis residents. So to all those couples looking to start a family, start saving up so you can live in the wonderful town of Davis, California.