Moving to Sacramento, CA

Thinking about moving to Sacramento?

You’ll be in good company. Between 2010 and 2016, more than 28,746 people have moved to Sacramento, an increase of 6.2%. New residents are attracted to Sacramento’s booming economy, affordable living (relative to the rest of California), and hip culture.

Where Are All the New Residents of Sacramento Moving From?

Sacramento is home to California’s capital and, these days, it’s also home to a lot more people, from both elsewhere in the state and from other states. In fact, the metro area added nearly 30,000…


When most people think of California, they think of sandy beaches, but Sacramento, located in north-central California, is a city of rivers and trees. You’ll find San Francisco and the coast two hours to your west and Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevadas two hours to the east. And when the California High-Speed Rail corridor is finished sometime in the 2020s, Sacramentans will be able to zip up and down California, from San Jose to San Diego.

Living

Sacramento is home to 495,234 Sacramentans. With an area of 97.9 square miles, Sacramento has a population density of 5,059 persons per square mile, which makes it more dense than many other cities of comparable size.

The Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area boasts a population of 2,296,418 people, of which Sacramento proper’s population makes up 22%.

Housing

Sacramento’s growth and desirability come at a major cost: housing is pricey. The median home value in Sacramento is $302,700, 51% above the US median value, according to Zillow. The median price per square foot in Sacramento is $207. Over the past 5 years, home values in Sacramento have increased by 16%.

Renters in Sacramento will also have a hard time finding affordable housing. The median rent in Sacramento is $1,545 per month, which is 8% higher than the US median. Over the past year, rental rates in Sacramento have increased by 5.3%.

Economy

The Sacramento economy is on fire. The Sacramento metro area’s GDP grew by 24% between 2010 and 2015, from $96 billion in 2010 to $119 billion in 2015, a total increase of $23 billion. The metro area has a per capita GDP of $51,742. According to the US Census Bureau, the median household income in Sacramento, CA is $60,003, 4% lower than the national median. Sacramento’s unemployment rate is 4.8%.

Sacramento, CA Arts and Entertainment

Woodlake Tavern

1439 Del Paso Blvd Sacramento, CA

Uptown Pizza

1431 Del Paso Blvd Sacramento, CA

The Kitchen Restaurant

2225 Hurley Way Ste 101 Sacramento, CA 95825

Mulvaney’s B & L

1215 19th St Sacramento, CA 95811

The Firehouse Restaurant

1112 2nd St Sacramento, CA 95814

Localis

2031 S St Sacramento, CA 95811

Bean & Barrel

289 3rd St West Sacramento, CA

Burgers and Brew Station 1

317 Third Street Sacramento, CA

Iron Horse Tavern

1800 15th St Ste B Sacramento, CA 95811

The Waterboy

2000 Capitol Ave Sacramento, CA 95811

Restaurants
Woodlake Tavern
Uptown Pizza
The Kitchen Restaurant
Mulvaney’s B & L
The Firehouse Restaurant
Localis
Bean & Barrel
Burgers and Brew Station 1
Iron Horse Tavern
The Waterboy

Shady Lady Saloon

1409 R St , Sacramento, CA

The Red Rabbit Kitchen and Bar

2718 J St, Sacramento, CA, United States

Kik It Lounge

9735 Folsom Blvd Sacramento, CA 95827

86X

1119 21st St Sacramento, CA 95811

River City Saloon

916 2nd St Sacramento, CA 95814

Karma Brew

1530 16th St Sacramento, CA 95814

Back Door Lounge

1112 Firehouse Aly Sacramento, CA 95814

Bottle & Barlow

1120 R St Sacramento, CA 95811

Block Butcher Bar

1050 20th St Ste 100, Sacramento, CA

Nightlife
Shady Lady Saloon
The Red Rabbit Kitchen and Bar
Kik It Lounge
86X
River City Saloon
Karma Brew
Back Door Lounge
Bottle & Barlow
Block Butcher Bar

Sacramento Zoo

3930 W Land Park Dr Sacramento, CA 95822

Crocker Art Museum

216 O St Sacramento, CA 95814

California State Railroad Museum

125 I St Sacramento, CA 95814

The California Museum

1020 O St Sacramento, CA 95814

Sacramento History Museum

101 I St Sacramento, CA 95814

California State Capitol Museum

1315 10th St Sacramento, CA 95814

California Automobile Museum

2200 Front St Sacramento, CA 95818

McKinley Park

601 Alhambra Blvd Sacramento, CA 95816

Capitol Park

Capitol Ave & 15th St Sacramento, CA 95814

Culture
Sacramento Zoo
Crocker Art Museum
California State Railroad Museum
The California Museum
Sacramento History Museum
California State Capitol Museum
California Automobile Museum
McKinley Park
Capitol Park

Weather

If you’re allergic to cold weather, Sacramento might not be for you. Sacramento winters are warm, with an average temperature of 51 degrees. Summers in Sacramento are cool, with an average temperature of 74 degrees. The average temperature in Spring is 66 degrees and the average temperature in Fall is 55 degrees.

Don’t worry too much about packing your umbrella. Sacramento only sees 60 rainy days per year on average and has an average annual rainfall of 18.5 inches. Sacramento is relatively humid, with an average annual relative humidity of 67. And don’t foget to bring your sunglasses and tanning lotion! Sacramento gets an average of 3,608 sunny hours per year and 188 sunny days, more than much of the rest of the country.

Crime

Sacramento is a safe city, with a violent crime rate of only 737 incidents per 100,000 persons according to the FBI, a lower rate than average. Property crime rates in Sacramento are relatively low, with a rate of 3,370 incidents per 100,000 persons, a lower rate than average.

Traffic

Ask anyone who lives in Sacramento what the city’s biggest problems are and traffic will almost certainly be one of them. According to a survey conducted by INRIX, the average commuter in Sacramento spends 27.9 hours in traffic each year, with about 7% of their time commuting in a traffic jam, a higher portion than average among US cities.

Cost of Living

Sacramento is an expensive place to live with a high cost of living. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis‘s Regional Price Parity survey, which takes into account cost of living metrics including the price of goods and services and housing, Sacramento has a regional price parity of 111.9, 2.2% above the average for US metro areas.

Education

Sacramento is a well-educated city, with 18% of the population possessing a Bachelor’s degree or higher. Only 12% of the population does not have a High School diploma, while 9% of the population has a Graduate or Professional degree.

Demographics

The median age in Sacramento is 36.2 years. 49.% of the population in the Sacramento metro area is male, while 51.% is female. 17.6% of the metro population is foreign born.

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