Living in Sacramento
Sacramento is the capital of California and has a population
of roughly 486,000. The greater Sacramento area is the 4th
largest in the state with a population of about 2.5 million.
As the state’s capital, government is one of the largest
employers, but Sacramento has a wide variety of other
employers, including financial and professional services,
trade, construction, transportation, utilities, and
The city is located at the confluence of two major
rivers—the north/south running Sacramento River and the
east/west running American River. These rivers, as well as
Sacramento’s proximity to the Sierra Nevada mountain
range—roughly one hour east of Sacramento by car—provide
numerous opportunities for sport and outdoor activities.
These include running and cycling on the extensive bikeways
on the American River; canoeing, fishing, boating, and
kayaking on the rivers; skiing and other winter sports in
the Sierras; and hiking, backpacking, and camping in the
Featured in the New York Times travel series—see
36 Hours in Sacramento—Sacramento has
a lot to offer.
The city itself has a very active social scene, including a
superb array of restaurants of all varieties. In addition,
the proximity to the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area—roughly
75 miles to the west—provides easy access to the cultural
and culinary opportunities available there.
Sacramento has a pleasant, temperate climate most months,
with the exception of the mid-summer months which can be hot
(in the 90s and 100s). But, as residents say, “it’s a dry
heat,” meaning humidity is rarely a factor. Sacramento is
well-known for its trees, parks, and older neighborhoods. A
national magazine recently described Sacramento as America’s
most diverse city.