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A+ Sacramento Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Sacramento Cost of Living Cost of living is 16% lower than California
Sacramento
11616% more expensive than the US average
California
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Sacramento cost of living
F Sacramento Crime Total crime is 23% higher than California
Total crime
3,61231% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2831% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-12%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
F Sacramento Schools HS graduation rate is 1% higher than California
High school grad. rates
81%2% lower than the US average
School test scores
29%40% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
20:127% higher than the US average
Sacramento K-12 schools or Sacramento colleges

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%.

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Compare Sacramento, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Sacramento, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Village 2, Sacramento816.93,083
Scc, Sacramento802349
Alkali Flat, Sacramento801.81,272
Campus Commons, Sacramento802.92,526
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Village 9, Sacramento798.15,170
Old Willowbank, Davis7913342
Point West, Sacramento782.71,360
Richards, Sacramento782.2909

Best Cities Near Sacramento, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Martell, CA8138.7312
Folsom, CA8018.974,960
Rocklin, CA7920.460,509
Acampo, CA7929466
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Gold River, CA7812.67,652
Loomis, CA7722.36,690
University of California-Davis, CA76166,957
Benicia, CA7650.527,780

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Would not recommend

Attractions3/10
Community1/10
Nightlife3/10
Dining6/10
Shopping8/10
Lived in sac for a while in a few different areas. I've lived in a lot of places and its hard to find anything nice to say about Sacramento. Theres a lot of good shopping thats the only thing i miss. Malls have designer stores and things like that. But of course anything you buy will immediately be stolen out of your car or house. We had our garage broken into, on another occasion my car got stolen. Sidewalks littered with needles and kids selling drugs. Rents expensive like nine hundred bucks for a crappy apartment. It's not too hard to find a job i guess. There's some stuff to do theres some bars and clubs and parks for kids. Folsom is nice it's a bit out there not so much to do, Roseville seems like a nice town. I moved around a bit in the north highlands- Carmichael- Arden Arcade area. If you have to move to Sacramento just install some security cameras and keep your car locked at all times.
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To Be Completely Honest

Attractions8/10
Community2/10
Nightlife1/10
Dining8/10
Shopping4/10
I've lived in Sacramento my entire life and a lot of people will say it looks nice or there is no crime, and to that I just have to laugh. There is crime everywhere and the schools here are filled with gang affiliated teens. Its very stupid to walk around at night unless you know where you are, and what goes on around you, or else you'll pay with either getting harassed robbed, jumped, or even killed. On a more positive not the food is good :)
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Gentrified, Over-Priced, and Not Even Worth It for a SacTown Native

Attractions4/10
Community3/10
Nightlife5/10
Dining5/10
Shopping3/10
The only way you're going to be able to afford and like living in Sacramento is if you have a car, live in the Downtown, Rancho, or Folsom cusp areas. Oh and make sure you're pulling in at least $30 an hour at your job. The only people who feel Sacramento is affordable to live in are those who previously live in metro areas like NYC or LA. SacTown is very boring and God forbid you become homeless after your area is gentrified - you won't be able to find any help whether you are a teen, young adult, or adult (doesn't matter if you have kids or not). The public transit around here is awful and way too expensive for the "services" provided (crappy bus schedules, light rail breaks down every few hours, tickets and passes are expensive for no real reason). The education system here is garbage unless you can get your kid into one of the premiere "public" or charter schools, or you can afford private education and institutions. I recommend this place for families simply because families usually have more than one income entering the households wallet. You're going to need that. All of it!!! Amenities are fun if you know where to look and how to get to them, cost of living is ridiculously high for such a lousy town and valley area, the high- and freeways are constantly prone to traffic jams like it's LA, employment is meh, housing (to rent) is ridiculously high for broken down, roach-infested apartments built in the 70s-90s. You're going to be paying $800-$900 for a studio apt built in the 70s, and even higher for something more recent. Nothing in this city is worth the price. Sacramento needs to focus on fixing the cost of living and homeless population before it builds for idiotic things no one asked for like an arena. Beyonce, U2, and the rest are not going to perform here. If they were they would have done so at the Arco Arena (which the new one is in competition with) YEARS ago!!!
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My point of view...

Attractions6/10
Community8/10
Nightlife7/10
Dining7/10
Shopping6/10
The city of Sacramento is a diversity of cultures. Not much to say since I can't go out and underage. • Since the economy (in California) is lacking and poor, there's not much job opportunities, or I say, not much salaries to pay the employees. •Education=Improving•Housing Prices=Most of the houses/apartment/etc (like downtown Sacramento) are pretty much higher prices than the houses that hasn't been remodeled...
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A Review of Sacramento, CA

Attractions8/10
Community7/10
Nightlife7/10
Dining7/10
Shopping7/10
Sacramento, California is the State Capital of California located in Northern California approximately an hour and a half from San Francisco. Sacramento's economy is based upon it being the hub of California's political structure. I have lived in Sacramento for the past six (6) years and like the city. Approximately 750,000 people live within its limits. There are three major freeways, the 99, 50 and the 80 that assist in the movement of traffic albeit we do have traffic jams here just like Los Angeles since more and more people are discovering what a nice place Sacramento is to live in.

Sacramento has many museums such as the Crocker Art Museum, The California State Rail Road Museum, The California Automobile Museum, The California Museum, The California State Indian Museum and the California State Capital Museum to see.

Since Sacramento is located on the Sacramento River, there is plenty of water activities to do such as boating and fishing. This city has a university known as Sacramento State plus many junior colleges. McGeorge Law School is situated in Sacramento plus several other California State accredited laws schools.

For entertainment there are plenty of good restaurants that I have eaten at with varying types of fare such as Chinese, Japanese, East Indian, Mexican and California cuisine. There is also a professional basketball team known as the Sacramento Kings to see.

This city has many parks and even has its own zoo. The State Fair is held every year at "Cal Expo" during the summer. Housing prices (rentals or those for sale on the market) are reasonable compared to the Bay Area.

Sacramento has adequate shopping malls and stores but nothing like San Francisco. One detriment is the weather. It can be extremely hot in the summer (over 100 degrees) and during the winter, you get the cold Sierra Nevada winds.
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A very nice city if you go to the right part

Attractions7/10
Community6/10
Nightlife8/10
Dining8/10
Shopping8/10
I lived in Sacramento for about two years. For the first year I lived in an apartment that wasn't too great. My brand new car was keyed while parked outside of my apartment. The second year I moved to a better apartment that was gated and I loved it. The shopping was great. We have the American River which is a nice place to bring the family to on the weekends. Also, there is old Sacramento that has some nice shops. They also have a water park that is a nice place to cool off in the summer. Overall my experience in Sacramento was pretty good. I recently had to move back to Stockton to be closer to family and It is so much worse than Sac. As long as you stay out of the bad areas in Sac it is a very nice city.
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Unsafe City / Not a place to raise your family

Attractions6/10
Community3/10
Nightlife6/10
Dining6/10
Shopping5/10
I've lived here since 2006. The City is so focused on everything, but public safety and the school system. It's no wonder we were rated #5 in worst cities to live in, #3 for worst cities for job seekers, #5 for most miserable cities to live in, #5 for worst smog cities in America, #8 for worst big cities for bridge safety, #29 for America's 50 worst commutes, #4 for crappiest US cities.

My home has been burglarized, almost everyone I know has had their car broken into, car stolen, bike stolen, and the children are bringing guns to school. This place is quickly becoming Oakland.

The restaurants are pretty decent, but there is absolutely no community here. Most people come to Sacramento for a job. Ask anyone if they would leave, and the answer is "YES!"

Of course it's California, but Sacramento is in a valley. Yes, it's close to San Fran, Napa, and Lake Tahoe, but that's all Sacramento has to offer. It's close to world class cities, but it will never be one.

I'm still here, but that's only because it's paying the bills. If you can help it, don't move to Sacramento.

Crime Rates:

Property: Sacramento, California has a property crime rate of 4817.1 incidents per 100,000 people. This compares with an average rate of 3010.5 in California and an average rate of 3727 incidents per 100,000 nationally.

Violent: Sacramento, California has a violent crime rate of 998 incidents per 100,000 people. This compares with a rate of 511 in California and a rate of 676 nationally.
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Sacramento, CA Review

Attractions8/10
Community9/10
Nightlife7/10
Dining7/10
Shopping8/10
I find it meaningful to reside in one of the Sacramento communities that is in close proximity to everything. The real reason for my move from San Francisco was affordability and thirst for an ideal life. It's very rewarding to have the kind of life I always dreamed of and when I find that I made a successful choice for retirement, it's a great feeling too.

What is the best community in Sacramento to buy a house? That's a difficult question for anybody to answer, because every area with good schools and great facilities has its own charm. Nowadays, I am sure it would be hard to find any empty space on the Sacramento main street unlike 10 years ago. Personally, I think that's a great improvement. I like the big malls across the Del Paso Country Club and Watt Avenue where I have owned my house since 1995, and I like going to Softball Complex and playing with my kids on sunny days. Not everybody feels that way though. Some people I talked to at my workplace avoid shopping around Sacramento downtown. When you add the commuting time to companies outside the city, old houses surrounding the downtown and lifestyle that is not up to the mark, the number of people who are at least moderately interested in moving away from less desirable areas is growing significantly.

The city library that I visit every weekend is so full of latest books that the place is crowded all the time. There are many entertainment and leisure places for people of all ages such as river access for fishing, theaters, clubs, community centers, amusement parks, railroad excursions, camping grounds and many more. It may be true that you can't visit a beach, but I have no time to focus on that.
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Sacramento, CA - Golden City on the River

Attractions8/10
Community9/10
Nightlife7/10
Dining7/10
Shopping8/10
There are a number of surprises in store for anyone who visits the city of Sacramento. California's capital features some unusual attractions, beginning with "Old Sacramento" on the Sacramento River, running into the American River which wanders through town. Old Sacramento is a restored historical neighorhood with unusual gift shops, ice cream parlors, magic shops, and tasty restaurants. There is even a vinyl record store almost worth the trip by itself!

Greater Sacramento features lovely parks and quiet neighorhoods, but you are within a reasonable drive of the San Francisco Bay driving West, and Lake Tahoe driving East. There are a number of charming neighborhoods in the city that are virtually suburbs of Sacramento, such as Folsom - sadly only known to most people because there happens to be a prison outside of town - downtown Folsom is another historically restored "Gold Rush" town that is a joy to visit for an entire day.

Nobody visits Sacramento for any length of time without thinking about rafting down the American River. It's all there - inner-tube and raft rentals, bus services where you get out, and food shops to buy your provisions for your day on the river. Our family plans their Sacramento trip for visits to Old Sacramento, local communities, and the grand prize - a whole day relaxing in the raft as you roll down the gentle, wide American River and chatting with everyone else on the River with you!
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Source: The Sacramento, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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