Set in the northern portion of the Central Valley, and stretching between the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers all the way to the Sierra Nevada foothills, the city was recognized as Time magazine’s “Most Diverse and Integrated City in America” and one of the five “most livable” regions in America. The mélange of attractions gives Sacramento great appeal to both homebuyers and visitors with easy access to shopping, fine dining, theater,19 area museums (including tours of the State Capitol), Sacramento Kings basketball games, rustic Gold-Rush Era charm in Old Sac, and biking/jogging trails along the scenic American River Parkway.
Living in Sacramento
Joan Didion once wrote of her former hometown: ”What happened in New York and Washington and abroad seemed not to impinge at all on the Sacramento mind.” That is no longer the case for Sacramento, the California State Capitol. And since it’s just 88 miles from San Francisco and 98 miles from Lake Tahoe, it’s an urban-turned-suburban dweller’s dream since both city delights and mountain recreation are never far away.
Sacramento County offers K-12 schools in four districts, with Sacramento City Unified School District boasting three high schools that received gold, silver, or bronze medals in U.S. News‘s Best High Schools rankings. Higher education includes California State University at Sacramento, University of California at Davis, Los Rios Community College District, and Drexel University.
Sacramento was ranked No. 6 on Businessweek’s 2011 list of “America’s Most Fun, Affordable Cities.”
Sacramento was named one of the “10 Best U.S. Cities for Urban Forests.”
The Pony Express originated in Sacramento.
Mark Twain was a special news correspondent for the Sacramento Union in 1866.
The cities, towns, and neighborhoods that make up Sacramento include: