The state capital of California was named after the Sacramento River, on its western border. The city’s strategic location and geographic features have given rise to a lively history – in previous centuries it’s been a key transportation hub, from Pony Express times through steamboat travel on the river to the rise of rail transport. The area is growing fast and remains a key city in the state.
In contrast to the heavenly climate (July in Sacramento is the sunniest month, in terms of percent possible sunshine, of anywhere in the world), Sacramento is also the second most flood susceptible city in the United States after New Orleans. But then it also has the largest tree canopy of any urban center in the US. With all these contradictions the city is considered to be immensely livable, one of the hippest in California and a center for the farm to folk food movement.
Homes in Sacramento sell fast and at record prices. Median resale home prices continue to go up and now hover around $330,000. It’s a highly competitive market despite the high cost of living and crime rates that are high in certain areas, among other problems such as difficult commute times.
The quality of public schools largely depends on the neighborhood – some public and charter schools in Land Park and Tahoe Park have excellent reputations. Post-secondary institutions are also first-rate. California State University, Sacramento, is the largest university in the city. The University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law, is located here, as is the UC Davis Medical Center, a world-renowned research hospital.
Greyhound and Amtrak both serve Sacramento. There is frequent commuter service to San Francisco and San Jose – both trips should take about 90 minutes (but due to backed-up traffic will likely take longer). Sacramento International Airport flies to major centers in the US and Mexico.
The oldest part of the town is Old Sacramento, full of cobbled streets, horse-drawn carriages and historic buildings from the Gold Rush-era. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park is another popular attraction for history buffs. Sacramento’s arts and culture scene is also outstanding with the Crocker Art Museum and Second Saturday city-wide arts activities worthy of note.
Sacramento boasts an extensive park system consisting of over 5,000 acres of parkland and recreation centers as well as the American River Parkway just outside the city.
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