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 new residents between July 2015 and July 2016, according to the latest census data. During that time, the population went from 2,267,588 to 2,296,418, a 1.3 percent increase. Sacramento County, where the city of Sacramento is located, grew slightly more slowly during that time, going from 1,496,644 to 1,514,460, a 1.2 increase. (The metro area is larger than the county, and so is its population.)
Some of that growth comes from new births and immigration, but a good chunk of it is also due to people moving into Sacramento from other places in the U.S. Sacramento County attracted 68,029 domestic movers from 2011 to 2015, according to another census study that covers those years.
So, where are all those new Sacramento residents coming from? That same census study gives us a pretty good idea. About a quarter, 26 percent, is moving from other places in the U.S., and the balance, 74 percent, is moving from within California.
As you can see in the chart below, the majority of out-of-state movers come from nearby areas along the West Coast:
Below are rankings for the top five counties of origin for movers to Sacramento County:
Movers outside of California:
- Clark County, NV (Las Vegas)
- Washoe County, NV (Reno)
- Maricopa County, AZ (Phoenix)
- King County, WA (Seattle)
- Pima County, AZ (Tucson)
Movers from California:
- Placer County
- Yolo County
- San Joaquin County
- El Dorado County
- Los Angeles County
Above are the top places people moved to Sacramento County from over the five-year period 2011-2015. Numbers represent the number of movers from that place during the period.
Above are the top places inside California that people moved to Sacramento County from over the five-year period 2011-2015. Numbers represent the number of movers from that place during the period.