Quality of Life

County Profiles


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Sacramento County

Sacramento County, the most populous municipality in Greater Sacramento, is home to seven cities, a desirable quality of life, a diverse business mix and an educated workforce. The County features a wide-range of shovel-ready sites prime for development and one-stop business development services. Employees can find housing options from urban lofts to rural acreage within 30 minutes of downtown. The County offers fun and adventure to please every taste with 15,000 acres of regional parks, Farm-to-Fork restaurants, and world-class museums and theaters.

The transportation network in Sacramento County includes four major freeways, Union Pacific Railroad transcontinental and intrastate freight rail service, AMTRAK passenger rail service, and a robust bus and light rail system. The Sacramento County Department of Airports operates several airports including Sacramento International Airport for passenger and cargo service; and Mather Airport, the cargo facility for the region.

Four major opportunity sites for industrial and manufacturing development are located in Sacramento County: Mather Field, McClellan Business Park, Capital Commerce Center and Metro Air Park. The County’s office of Economic Development and Marketing is ready to assist businesses with creative incentive packages.

Key Assets

  • Mather Field (including Mather Airport)
  • McClellan Business Park
  • Metro Air Park
  • Sacramento International Airport
  • Sacramento State University
  • UC Davis Medical Center
  • American River Parkway Trail

What Sets Us Apart

The Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD) service area includes the majority of Sacramento County. We offer the lowest electricity rates in the region.

Sacramento County’s borders encompass all of the major transportation corridors in the region and we own and operate both Sacramento International and Mather Airports.

17 Reasons to Move Your Business to Sacramento

Universities Colleges, Clean Economy and Private Sector Job Growth, Energy Star Buildings, Low Electricity Rates, Solar Installations, Fast-Growing Affordable Metro Areas and Office Spaces, 15k Acres of Parks, Farm-to-Fork, $457M in Ag Revenue, Transportation Infrastructure and Airports, Abundant Development Sites, Large Media Market. Make Your Move. www.Economic.SacCounty.net

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Yolo County

Yolo County is a rural/suburban county with a strong commitment to the preservation of agriculture and open space. Yolo County is located in the rich agricultural regions of California’s Central Valley and Sacramento River Delta. It is directly West, across the Sacramento River from the State Capital of Sacramento. The County’s location on the I-80 corridor serves a key linkage between Sacramento and the Bay Area. There are four incorporated cities in Yolo County: Woodland, Winters, West Sacramento and Davis. Agricultural viability and small city and rural quality of life are important to residents of the County. The County’s leading economic activity is agriculture and is supported by other industries such as warehousing and distribution, food processing, technology and biotechnology research and development, and higher education at the University of California, Davis.

The local agriculture industry benefits from the resources available at the University of California, Davis, one of the nation’s top public research universities and an acknowledged leader in agricultural, biological, biotechnological, and veterinarian sciences. The University was established in 1908 as a State agricultural school. Today, the 5,300-acre campus, the largest of the UC campuses, enrolls over 33,300 students and offers 99 undergraduate majors and 90 graduate programs in four globally respected colleges (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Biological Sciences; Engineering; Letters and Sciences) and six professional schools(Business Management, Education, Law, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and Nursing). The School of Veterinary Medicine is the largest veterinary school in California and is the top-ranked school in the country.

The County and its cities are known for a commitment to managed quality growth while providing economic opportunity. Yolo County has led the State in agricultural preservation for the last several decades, primarily by directing growth into the incorporated cities where services are available and where development can occur more efficiently.

Key Assets

  • UC Davis
  • Port of West Sacramento
  • I-80/I-505 Bay Area Access
  • Agricultural economy

What Sets Us Apart

Commitment to preserving agricultural and open space.

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Sutter County has a proud agricultural heritage and is known for its rice, walnut, peach, tomato and prune production. Sutter County is served by several local airports and is within a short driving distance of Sacramento international Airport. It is becoming an increasingly popular location for development opportunities and business investments.

El Dorado County

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El Dorado County began its entrepreneurial spirit with the California Gold Rush, and is still open for business today. With unmatched rural beauty, endless recreational opportunities, and world class public schools, the County provides an unparalleled quality of life.

The County has over 3,000 acres of undeveloped commercially zoned land and access to a regional market of 2.4 million people.  We also have some of the lowest commercial traffic impact mitigation fees in the Region.

Want to go mountain biking, then hold a business meeting? You can do that in El Dorado County with ease. Add an environment with sunlight 70% of the year, and you have a business and lifestyle package found in few other places.

Above the fog and the floods, the County encompasses 1,786 square miles that range from the eastern edge of the Sacramento Valley to the peaks of the Sierra Nevadas.

Our western border is 30 minutes from the State Capital and only 20 minutes away from over 1 million acres of breathtaking national forest with abundant opportunities to relax and play.

El Dorado County enjoys an economy as diverse as its landscape.  A recent county-wide analysis concluded that major employment sectors with room for growth include:  Health & Social Services; Accommodation & Food Services; Retail Trade; Construction; Administration & Waste Services; Finance & Industry; Manufacturing; and Arts, Entertainment & Recreation.

Elevate to El Dorado

Thank you to our video contributors: Franklin Pictures, El Dorado Film Commission, El Dorado County Office of Education, Leaning Tree Lodge, Mark Divittorio, Placerville Community Observatory, Coloma Resort, Rainbow Orchards, Downtown Placerville, Miraflores Winery, Aji Japanese Bistro, Sherwood Demonstration Garden, El Dorado County Superior Court, River Runners Inc., Sly Park Recreation Area, and El Dorado Hills Town Center.

Everything is Possible in El Dorado County

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Key Assets

  • From anywhere in the County, an hour’s drive will allow you to ski, hike, bike, raft, rock climb, enjoy wine tasting, and stroll historic downtown Placerville. Our Lake Tahoe region has hosted the Winter Olympics, and our Rubicon Trail is internationally renowned.
  • The County is less than 1 hour from the Sacramento International Airport, 2 research universities, and is bisected by Highway 50, which provides quick access to 3 interstate highways.  We are also just 2 hours from the San Francisco Bay
  • Our updated zoning ordinance allows for operating a business from home and even allows for employees depending upon parcel size. And, our progressive Winery and Ranch Marketing ordinances encourage appropriate commercial uses on our rural lands beyond what any other surrounding jurisdiction offers.

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Placer County

Breath-taking scenery, a rich history, unmatched variety of housing types and environments at affordable prices, an extremely well-educated workforce, year-round recreation – and Lake Tahoe – need we say more? These are just some of the reasons new or expanding businesses should consider Placer County the destination of choice. Many Bay Area residents own second homes in Placer County, or routinely travel through our area on their way to North Lake Tahoe (Tahoe City, Kings Beach and our world famous ski resorts). Most of them would give anything for it to be their first home, because Placer County has it all.

Stretching from the Sacramento Valley, along Interstate 80, to the majestic Sierras, we are consistently one of the top 3 fastest growing counties in California. Placer County has everything that you could want as a new or expanding business. South Placer residents, our most populated area of the county, are among the best educated in the state, on par with the Bay Area, with 25 percent having a bachelor’s degree and 48 percent having an associate’s degree or higher. With William Jessup University, Sacramento State University and Sierra College as regional assets all providing world class education to students who primarily opt to remain in the area, Placer County is an optimum location for finding a skilled workforce. And the future looks even brighter in South Placer, as Warwick University prepares to build its first American campus here. Warwick is a highly regarded university, ranking in the top 6 in the United Kingdom in a field that includes Oxford and Cambridge, and ranked 80th in the world.

We are routinely ranked as one of the healthiest counties in California and we rank 1st in quality of life. We boast the best schools, the best outdoor recreation, and the most beautiful views you’ll find anywhere, but we also are home to amazing art, award-winning wines and agriculture.

Our fiscal health is equally strong and includes the outstanding cities and towns of Auburn, Colfax, Loomis, Lincoln, Rocklin and Roseville within our boundaries, and we have room to grow. Within the area we refer to as South Placer, there are thousands of acres available for future business growth. We currently are updating the Area Plan for just over 8,000 acres of South Placer, and market research shows that the area is ideal for development efforts in a combination of 10 viable industry clusters. These include; advanced manufacturing, agriculture and food, clean energy technology, education and knowledge creation, information and communications technology, life sciences and health services, advanced materials, business and financial services, distribution and electronic commerce, as well as recreation and tourism. To learn more about this area and the county, please go to www.placer.ca.gov.

Those are just a few of the reasons more than 360,000 people call Placer County home and more than one million come to visit us each year. We love it so much here – it’s a way of life we call the #PlacerLife.


This is Placer

Key Assets

  • Highly educated workforce (associates degree or higher in South Placer on par with Bay Area)
  • Strong and growing hub of higher education institutions (CSU Sacramento, Sierra College, Warwick University, William Jessup University)
  • Interstate 80 intersects Placer County (The interstate gateway to and from California)
  • Ranked #1 quality of life of all California counties (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, County Rankings 2015)
  • Over 1 million visitors to Placer County’s North Lake Tahoe (recreation, site seeing, history, entertainment and relaxation)
  • Over 8,000 acres currently undergoing Area Plan update in South Placer (ensuring room for our growth and sustainability)

What Sets Us Apart

  • Our people (highest net domestic migration of all California counties 2010-2015, CA Dept. Finance)
  • Our places (something for everyone – 90’ to 9,000’ elevation in 90 minutes)
  • Our lifestyle (outdoor wonderland for recreation, entertainment and recharge)


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Yuba County

One of California’s original 27 counties founded on February 18th in 1850, Yuba County is California’s gateway to the historic Mother Lode Country, with a diverse landscape that boasts grand rivers, thriving farmland, friendly communities and numerous recreational possibilities that extend into the Sierra foothills. Our communities have that small town feel so many people are seeking. With a population just over 73,000 people, residents enjoy relaxed living and affordable housing, while both ocean beaches and mountain skiing are only a couple of hours away. And, amazingly, the county’s border is just 30 minutes north of the State Capitol in Sacramento.

At the heart of our county is historic Marysville, bordered by the Yuba and Feather Rivers. To the south and east of Marysville, you will find a variety of communities—including our newest community Plumas Lake—with numerous local events, active theater and arts groups, social and service clubs and year round festivals and fairs. The Sleep Train Amphitheatre is our state-of-the-art center for outdoor concerts, and the Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox, a minor league baseball team, makes its home in Marysville. Golf courses include Peach Tree County Club and Plumas Lake Golf Course.

Yuba County also enjoys an excellent school system and is home for Yuba Community College, which offers opportunities for higher education and personal enrichment. For those seeking an advanced degree, California State Universities at Chico and Sacramento and the University of California at Davis are all less than an hour away.

Slip into the foothills of Yuba County and you will discover abundant recreational activities including boating, camping, and fishing. It’s just a short drive to Bullards Bar Dam and Reservoir, Collins Lake, Lake Francis and over 25,000 acres of wildlife area that includes National Forest Land. And it’s only a short walk or drive from downtown Marysville to our vast Riverfront Park, where you will find boating, picnicking, several soccer fields and motocross tracks.

Key Assets

  • Bullards Bar Dam & Reservoir
  • Collins Lake
  • Lake Francis
  • Plumas Lake
  • Sleep Train Amphitheatre

What Sets Us Apart

Scenic beauty, lakes, wilderness, and rugged terrain meet abundant farmland, wine country, and strong communities.

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