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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Sacramento is a city in California with a population of 495,011. Sacramento is in Sacramento County. Living in Sacramento offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Sacramento there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Sacramento and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Sacramento are above average.
About Sacramento...
Population
495,011

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$313,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,179
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%
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Sacramento Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    421.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    20.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    207.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    542.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,929.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    568.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%

Working in Sacramento

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$58,456
National
$55,322
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Sacramento is a fantastic place to call home. Positioned perfectly in Northern California, we are a short drive away from the mountains, the ocean, and even the desert!
If you are an outdoorsy individual, Sacramento would be a great place for you to live. The greater Sacramento area is sprawling with bike trails, hiking routes, lakes and rivers. If you want a more low-key outing, there are plenty of restaurants, stores and recreational spots to check out. Go to the drive-in movies, practice your golfing and bowling skills, visit a museum, or shop till you drop. The eateries in Sacramento are unparalleled. They don't call us the Farm-to-fork Capitol for nothing!
Sacramento's historical victorian architecture can still be seen in the neighborhoods of Midtown and East Sacramento. Exploring the beautiful homes is an activity on its own.
If you can handle the heat and the traffic in Sacramento, you will be gifted with friendly faces and endless opportunity!
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Sacramento has an excellent bar and restaurant scene, as well as a flourishing network of farmer's markets supplied with produce from the region. There are many outdoor activities, theater companies, museums, and an excellent library system. The area is very diverse, though I would love to see more people of color in positions of power, and an overhaul to our police force/DA's office as there have been some awful race-based conflicts. The arts/dining/outdoor activity scene is really what makes this city great, along with our close proximity to forests, beaches, skiing, and major cities!
Sacramento has changed a good bit since the '70s. It used to be a pleasant cowtown that was in the center of fun things to do: Sierra Nevada, Bay Area, Delta, Tahoe, Yosemite, the list is long!
BUT! Today Sacramento has far outgrown its minimal freeway system. Getting to the places listed above is a crapshoot due to the traffic. IF you live in the center of the city, getting out to the suburbs and beyond is okay. But if you live in the suburbs (90% do) then getting to another suburb is dicey. If you wish to go to Rancho Cordova from Roseville, you will have to deal with 35 uncoordinated traffic lights. Rancho to Elk Grove? Similar outcome. Better-planned metro areas will instead have an expressway or freeway.
Basically, Sacramento suffers from very poor local planning/leadership.