Sacramento 62 Below average
Sacramento Livability #812 ranked city in California#20,553 ranked city in the USARanks better than 29% of areas
A+ Sacramento Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Sacramento Cost of Living Cost of living is 16% lower than California
11818% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Sacramento cost of living
F Sacramento Crime Total crime is 33% higher than California
Total crime
3,42846% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3046% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-10%Year over year crime is down
Sacramento crime
D- Sacramento Employment Household income is 18% lower than California
Median household income
$52,0716% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$27,1469% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%41% higher than the US average
Sacramento employment
C- Sacramento Housing Home value is 37% lower than California
Median home value
$259,40040% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,05711% higher than the US average
Home ownership
47%26% lower than the US average
Sacramento real estate or Sacramento rentals
D Sacramento Schools HS graduation rate is 1% higher than California
High school grad. rates
81%2% lower than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
20:127% higher than the US average
Sacramento K-12 schools
C- Sacramento User Ratings There are a total of 67 ratings in Sacramento
Overall user rating
59% 67 total ratings
User reviews rating
52% 14 total reviews
User surveys rating
64% 53 total surveys
all Sacramento poll results

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      Living in Sacramento, CA

      Sacramento, California is a large city with a population of 484,530 people. In Sacramento, there are 4,963 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. More than a quarter of the residents of Sacramento identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 18% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language.

      Are you trying to ascertain if living in Sacramento is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a positive experience before moving to any new city in California, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. To help you find the best places to live in and around Sacramento, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, cost of living, education, employment, housing and more.

      With a livability score of 62/100, Sacramento is ranked #21,302 in the United States and #864 in California. There are seven total categories that create the livability score. Sacramento ranks well for amenities (A+) and weather (B+). There are some categories that Sacramento does not rank well for, including: crime (F), cost of living (F), education (F) and employment (D-). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Sacramento has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Old Sacramento, California State Railroad Museum, and Crocker Art Museum.

      Unemployment rates can range pretty dramatically from one city to another. Knowing that Sacramento has an unemployment rate of 0% probably means that there are ample job opportunities for you to consider as it is far below the national average.

      Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Sacramento. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Sacramento are affordable. Median real estate prices in Sacramento come in at $259,400, which is 36.6% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Sacramento, the home price to income ratio is 5, which is 21.9% lower than the California average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Sacramento were 6.3%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 12.9%.

      Sacramento transportation information

      Average one way commute25min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work73.8%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool11.3%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit3.7%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle2.1%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk3.1%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home4.8%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Sacramento, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).