A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$537,500
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,249
National
$928
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    57%
  • Own
    43%

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    55
    273
  • Murder
    3
    6
  • Rape
    24
    41
  • Robbery
    60
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    419
    525
  • Theft
    1,987
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    157
    263

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$56,463
National
$53,889
Children
13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    43%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    16%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    8%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%
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Cute college town, tons of local businesses. Very bike friendly, and quaint. Their farmers market is awesome, and everything downtown is easy to walk to. The college arboretum is beautiful and fun to walk through, you even might see an otter in the creek! There's not much going on late at night, a couple bars are open until 2am but not much else.
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I like the countryside life of Davis. It's such a quiet place. Students are belonging to "green school" that "promotes sustainability." Many students gravitate towards "outdoor activities to fill their time," like "pick-up soccer, slacklining," visiting the local farmers market or "reading at the arboretum." Students tell us that "even if you don't have a car," the "bike paths make it really easy to get around the city and campus" and the "free convenient bus systems" ensure there are "plenty of transportation options" available to students. Many say that Davis owes its "relaxed vibe" to the " closeknit" campus community where "everyone is very supportive of each other" and to the surrounding town that "supports the school."
Davis is NOT a suburb of Sacramento! It's a great little city with its own identity. It has green belts that encourage walking, running, and biking. It is the only city in the USA that has a platinum rating for biking; it's the most bike friendly town in the country. And did I mention that it is NOT a suburb of Sacramento? In fact, it's not even in the same county as Sacramento!