If you are looking for the perfect blend of urban and rural living, coupled with a low cost of living, Sacramento is for you! A gorgeous city situated on the gently-meandering Sacramento river a mere 90 miles east of San Francisco, it is here that the miles of agriculture that makes up the heart of California meets the government of the most populous state in the United States. The third capital of California, after San Jose and Benicia, Sacramento is the seat of the fourth-most populous metro area in the state, with over 1 million residents and countless annual visitors. Like much of California, a primary draw to "Sac-Town" is its climate, which is characterized by warm, rain-free summers and cool (but not freezing), relatively wet winters. Moreover, its location mid-way between the awe-inspiring Pacific Coast and the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range provides ample recreation opportunities for all to enjoy. For foodies, Sacramento is heaven! In addition to having a wide variety of restaurants serving almost every kind of cuisine imaginable, Sacramento is also the birthplace, and headquarters, of the Farm-to-Fork movement, a movement to promote serving locally grown food in restaurants nationwide.
As for getting around, the RT (Regional Transit) system serves much of Sacramento via bus and light rail, with the majority of train service serving downtown and the south suburbs. RT buses serve almost every major arterial street, as well as the suburbs. And for those out-of-town getaways, direct Amtrak train service is available to San Francisco, Reno, NV, Southern California, and even Chicago!
If all of that isn't enough to attract you to Sacramento, perhaps the low cost of home ownership will. In fact, a single-family home in an excellent suburb will cost only a fraction of a similar space in San Francisco or Los Angeles. That's right, you, too, can be a California property owner for a similar price as areas with much worse weather and far fewer recreational opportunities.
Like any great city, Sacramento is a city of neighborhoods, and with roughly 20 different suburbs, finding the right spot for you and your family in California's capital region can be a bit daunting. AreaVibes is here to help with information on the best places to live in Sacramento, including schools, crime, and other metrics to help you select the perfect spot to settle. In addition to a list of the best places in Sacramento, AreaVibes also allows you to search for your ideal neighborhood based on select criteria, such as housing costs, proximity to various amenities, and more!