The City of Sacramento is home to approximately 460,000 people, as well as to the State Capitol. Its location—halfway between the Pacific coast and the Sierra Nevada, 90 miles northeast of the San Francisco Bay Area, 100 miles west of Lake Tahoe—affords residents with a truly extraordinary array of cultural and recreational activities. The city has a number of professional sports teams, a symphonic orchestra, several performing theater groups, a rich spectrum of ethnic communities and restaurants, and a burgeoning high-technology community. A sampling of annual events include the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, California State Fair, California International Marathon, Waterfront Festival, Free Museum Day, Grape Escape, Gold Rush Days, Juneteenth, Festival de la Familia, Pacific Rim Street Festival, and New Year’s Eve Sky Concert.
Sacramento offers a multitude of truly livable neighborhoods with housing that is affordable to virtually all income levels. Temperatures average in the nineties in the summer and in the fifties in winter; but for most of the year, the sunshine and low humidity provide Sacramentans with a standing invitation to enjoy the outdoors.
The Sacramento Unified School District has an enrollment of approximately 48,000. Postsecondary educational opportunities in the Sacramento area include a University of California campus at Davis (including a medical school in Sacramento), California State University at Sacramento, three community colleges (Sacramento City College, American River College and Consumes Community College), the University of Pacific law school (Mc George), and a number of private business and vocational colleges.
Sacramento is a city teeming with educational, professional, and recreational opportunities. It is urban enough to provide a rich spectrum of life styles; yet its location and accessibility to the many natural wonders of Northern California can make living here seem almost small town.