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Overall Niche Grade
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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 489,650. Sacramento is in Sacramento County. Living in Sacramento offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Sacramento there are a lot of 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
489,650

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$287,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,114
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%
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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
    428
    283
  • Murder
    8
    6
  • Rape
    20
    41
  • Robbery
    220
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    578
    500
  • Theft
    1,815
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    544
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

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Sacramento public schools are good for the most part. Some schools have drug issues and violence but most are alright. Commute time isn't great. Construction work and traffic are some of thest issues effecting commute time. Avoid rush hour if you can (around 7am and 5pm). Sacramento has some gang violence and has it's share of "ghetto" neighborhoods. Some areas, such as Oak Park and Meadowview should be avoided at all times, especially at night. Sac is family friendly if you stay out of violent neighborhoods. Houses and apartments in Sacramento are definitely affordable, especially when compared to a place like San Francisco. Sac is VERY diverse. In just about every street corner you will find an Asian, African american, etc. The jobs available in Sacramento are not plentiful. Jobs that were once available to teens are now being fulfilled by adults. Still, if you look around enough and have your eyes and eyes open, you just might find your dream job!
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Sacramento is very calm and a peaceful town to live in. The commute is fairly well as there is moderate traffic. There is a lot of diversity in Sacramento, making it a very family friendly location. There are various attractions to spend the weekend with family, such as visiting the Railroad Museum or simply Old Sacramento. Downtown Sacramento also holds well-known pubs and family-friendly restaurants. There are also parks and ice cream parlors, like Gunther's Ice cream, that one should definitely check out!
I am currently a senior in high school and I have lived my entire life in Sacramento. I couldn't imagine living anywhere else. We are a big little city that is easy to fall in love with. I live in Hollywood Park, just a bike ride away from local coffee shops and amazing Gunther's Ice Cream. We are just a two-hour drive from both Lake Tahoe and San Fransisco, prime vacation spots for Sacramento natives. I love it here!