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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 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
489,650

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$287,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,114
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%
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Sacramento Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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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
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    19.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    220
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    577.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,815.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    543.6
    284

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%

Working in Sacramento

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$54,615
National
$55,322
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One of my favorite things about Sacramento is the incredible food! There are so many different styles of restaurants, and tons of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options. They also have incredible micro-breweries in the area, each one having a unique vibe, with tons of different flavor options.
Another great reason to live in Sacramento is the diversity of each neighborhood. The "Fab 40's" is a gorgeous neighborhood in East Sacramento with beautiful mansions and tree-lined streets and sidewalks. Midtown is one of the oldest neighborhoods, with homes that are almost 150 years old. My favorite neighborhood is Oak Park. This is where I work and live, and I have watched this neighborhood blossom the last couple of years. This neighborhood is low income, or "urban", but offers more beauty and complexity than anywhere else in the city. Oak Park is a strong community supported by strong people of color, who are passionate about their families and their neighborhood.
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I've found an amazing home in Sac. The scene is lively and the people are overall nice. The Sac PD and DA's office are trash however and foster an unwelcome space for black residents. There is an influx of young professionals from LA and the Bay that are willing to pay inflated rent prices, but it's interesting to be on the ride with the city and see how it handles this challenge. Homelessness and addiction are also large problems, comparable to other urban centers in CA. But enough of the bad! The river is great. The food and coffee are excellent. A really fun and diverse local scene once you tap into it.
I moved to Sacramento about four years ago and I do not regret this decision. Sacramento has a poor reputation, many finding it not for them. This is true for many, especially for those who prefer a party city. Sacramento is one of the most diverse cities I've ever had the pleasure of living in. This adds a different layer that many other cities don't have, there's always opportunities to meet and interact with new people! Something that does lower my rating of is the lack of places in Sacramento, it can be boring when compared to others cities such as San Francisco. There isn't much to do.