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!!!
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!