Quality of Life

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Performing Arts

Sacramento is home to professional ballet, opera, and theater companies. Numerous small playhouses, theaters, colleges, and universities also stage a variety of performances during the year.

The Sacramento Ballet is the professional resident ballet company for the Sacramento Region. Its talented dancers and artistic directors produce quality works that educate, inspire, and engage audiences through the powerful vehicle of dance. The company is highly regarded as a cultural asset to the community and consistently receives outstanding reviews for its artistic quality.

The mission of the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera is to produce outstanding opera, develop and cultivate a wider public interest in opera and its allied arts, and to further music education in the region. The Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra is the professional symphonic orchestra for the Sacramento Region. It inspires audiences and enriches Sacramento through excellent performances and great orchestral music. These two groups joined forces in 2013 under the new name of Sacramento Regional Performing Arts Alliance to deliver quality performances.

California Musical Theatre is Northern California’s premier producer and presenter of musical theatre—the largest nonprofit musical theatre in California. Since its inception in 1951 under an open-air, circus-style big top, the theatre has grown to become the most successful performing arts organization in California’s heartland.

The Sacramento Theatre Company (STC) is a nationally recognized professional theatre company. As one of the oldest and largest arts institutions in the region, STC presents only the best classical and modern plays. The theatre presents seven professional productions per season, in addition to three annual productions in its Cabaret Stage.

Recognized as one of Northern California’s top professional theaters, B Street Theatre has been known for its innovative productions of new plays since 1991. The Theatre has produced more than 100 new plays, 60 of which are world, national, West Coast, or regional premieres. Plays are performed on two intimate stages year-round.

Visual Arts

Dozens of art galleries in the downtown Sacramento area feature both local and international works of art, and appeal to art experts and novices alike. On the second Saturday of each month, over 100 galleries and venues in the area remain open late into the evening, many offering free admission, beverages and hors d’oeuvres, and live music.

Featured Attractions

The first art museum established in the Western United States, the Crocker Art Museum, was founded in 1885 in the Victorian mansion donated by Margaret Crocker. Housing E.B. Crocker’s art collection, the Crocker is one of the leading art institutions in California. The museum’s collection includes early Californian, sixteenth to nineteenth century European, Contemporary, Asian, African and Oceanic works, international ceramics, and one of the finest early collections of master drawings in the United States.

On October 10, 2010, the Crocker opened the Teel Family Pavilion, a 125,000-square-foot addition. The expansion complements the 125-year-old museum’s historic structures, which include one of the first purpose-built art museum buildings in the United States. The expansion tripled the size of the museum, and vastly enhances its public programming with extensive new galleries and educational facilities.

Key features of the Crocker Art Museum include:

  • 12,000 square feet of temporary exhibition space
  • 45,000 square feet of gallery space for the permanent collection
  • Education Center and Teacher Resource Center
  • Anne and Malcolm Henry Works on Paper Study Center
  • Two-story atrium and courtyard
  • 260 seat auditorium
  • Collections care and storage facilities
  • Cafe with indoor and outdoor seating

Located in Old Sacramento, the California State Railroad Museum is widely regarded as the most popular railroad museum in the country. The large 225,000-square-foot museum features beautifully restored historical railroad cars and locomotives, engaging exhibits, special events such as the popular Polar Express ride, and steam locomotive rides from the museum extending to the Delta region.

Opened in 2002, the 1,800-seat Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts on the University of California, Davis campus is one of the premier performing arts centers on the West Coast. It touts a state-of-the art acoustic design and features world-class international entertainment.

The California State Capitol Museum features impressive architecture, portraits of governors, murals, an extensive fine art collection, exhibits, historic rooms and working offices, beautiful grounds, and a chance to see the legislature conduct business.

Old Sacramento is a unique 28-acre National Historic Landmark District and State Historic Park located along the beautiful Sacramento River. Bustling with activity, the district is alive with shopping, dining, entertainment, historical attractions, and world-renowned museums set within the time of the California Gold Rush and the Transcontinental Railroad.

Annual Events

Every Memorial Day weekend since 1974, Old Sacramento and other downtown venues have drawn hundreds of thousands of jazz fans to the Sacramento Music Festival. Presented by the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society, the event features a lineup of over 80 bands from all over the world and all over the stylistic map.

For 159 years, the California State Fair has been a source of entertainment for millions. Held at Cal Expo in Sacramento, each year the fair attracts more than 700,000 visitors to enjoy its competitions, vendors, live entertainment, exhibits, and the Magnificent Midway.

Local theaters host numerous film festivals throughout the year, including the Sacramento Jewish Film Festival, Sacramento International Film Festival, French Film Festival, CineSoul, The Sacramento Black Film Festival, and Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

The annual Gold Rush Days transforms Old Sacramento into a scene from the 1850s during this four-day event. Re-enactors roam the old town and cars are banned for this event that features storytelling, period musicians and entertainment, wagon rides, pony rides, and gold panning.

Other local festivals showcase the cultural diversity of the area with events such as the Croatian Extravaganza, Festa Italiana, Festival de la Familia, Greek Food Festival, Hmong Celebration, Pacific Rim Street Fest, and Scottish Games & Festival.

Event and Conference Venues

Hotels and conference centers in the area offer meeting and conference facilities that accommodate small group seminars as well as large-scale conventions and trade shows.

The Sacramento Convention Center underwent an $80 million expansion in 1996 that tripled its size. The 385,000-square-foot facility features 31 meeting rooms, a 24,500 square foot ballroom, $1 million in public art, and boasts elegant pre-function areas and a rooftop garden terrace. The Memorial Auditorium, another premier venue, opened in 1927 and reopened in 1996 after extensive renovation. The auditorium is a 3,800-seat multi-use arena and performing arts venue.

If food is life, then Sacramento is wildly alive. There is no quintessential Sacramento dish. Much like the region itself, food is a melting pot of diverse flavors, influences, and tastes. As America’s Farm-to-Fork capital, Greater Sacramento is committed to fresh.

Greater Sacramento is a shopper’s paradise. Major shopping destinations like the Roseville Galleria, Arden Fair Mall, and the outdoor ease of The Pavilions puts everything you’d ever need at your fingertips.


Westfield Galleria at Roseville

Arden Fair Mall


Old Sacramento

Sunrise Mall

Palladio at Broadstone



Beers in Sacramento

Sacramento Regional Wine Guide


California Restaurant Association

Green Restaurants Alliance Sacramento

Yelp – Restaurants in Sacramento

Across the Sacramento River from downtown is West Sacramento, with its modern condos, new single family homes, and quaint riverfront neighborhoods create an eclectic mix that helps define West Sacramento’s personality.

South of Sacramento, Elk Grove is a growing city that proudly holds onto its small town roots. Elk Grove is also home to Apple and other tech firms, which brings a unique diversity of families, amenities, and great restaurants.

To the west are the cities of Davis and Woodland. Davis is home to UC Davis, bringing with it a young college population that creates the kind of life and excitement only a college town can provide. Woodland’s hometown charm belies its significant agri-tech industry.

Head east along I-80 or Highway 50 and you’ll find the communities of Rancho Cordova, Roseville, Citrus Heights, Lincoln, and Folsom. Affordability is Greater Sacramento’s hallmark. More house and more space for your money than you’d ever find in San Francisco, San Jose, or Seattle.

Keep going east and you’ll head into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Rocklin, Auburn, Placerville, and Colfax boast spectacular views and a more rugged place to live.

Sacramento Association of Realtors

Sacramento Association of Realtors – Commercial Division

Association of Commercial Real Estate

Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Sacramento

NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association

California Association of Realtors

Asian Real Estate Association of Sacramento

Placer County Association of Realtors

Sutter-Yuba Association of Realtors

Yolo County Board of Realtors

El Dorado County Association of Realtors

Real Estate Appraisers Association – Sacramento

California Bureau of Real Estate

Palm trees standing next to fir trees. That’s the dichotomy of the Sacramento region’s landscape. Greater Sacramento lies at the heart of the fertile Central Valley of California. The Sacramento and American Rivers are at the base of the valley. Lush foothills lead into the Sierra Nevada mountain range. And The Greater Sacramento region is outside of the earthquake subduction zones that run along the West Coast. Earthquakes are still a part of life (it’s California), but they’re mild and most often aren’t felt.

Forecast & Temperature

Air Quality Index

As the State Capital, Sacramento has a broad array of public safety services. Federal, State, county, local, and college jurisdictions lace through the Greater Sacramento region. As a whole, the Capital Region has a lower crime rate than the national average.

Sacramento Police

West Sacramento Police

Elk Grove Police Department

Roseville Police Department

Folsom Police Department

Galt Police Department

Lincoln Police Department

Rancho Cordova Police Department

Citrus Heights Police Department

Davis Police Department

Woodland Police Department

Rocklin Police Department

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

Placer County Sheriff’s Department

Yolo County Sheriff’s Department

Sutter County Sheriff’s Department

Yuba County Sheriff’s Department

California Highway Patrol

Department of Homeland Security

UC Davis Police Department

Sacramento State Police Department

Professional Sports

Sports thrive in the Sacramento Region, due in large part to the climate and local support. The people of Sacramento are proud to have several professional sports teams and an assortment of college teams. Sacramento is home to the NBA Sacramento Kings. The Sacramento River Cats play minor league baseball at Raley Field, a beautiful $30 million stadium.

Sacramento’s professional soccer team, the Sacramento Republic, thrills fans throughout the year.

Sacramento has been a host city to the AMGEN Tour of California, the largest cycling event in America. This Tour-de-France-style 800-mile race attracts top riders from around the world.

Sacramento has hosted the California International Marathon (CIM) for 30 years. The scenic course begins at the Folsom Dam and finishes in front of the spectacular California State Capitol. The field of 9,000+ runners includes recreational runners as well as elite athletes from around the world.

Outdoor Sports

Residents of the region take advantage of the beautiful and varied weather conditions to take up some sports pastimes of their own. During warmer months, residents enjoy parks with sports fields and courts as well as golf courses and swimming pools. Lakes and rivers are popular places to stay cool in the summer and are perfect for fishing, boating, and other water sports.

The beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains are a prime destination for hiking, mountain biking, and camping. Outdoor activity also thrives within the American River Parkway, which offers 5,000 acres of recreation area.The Jedediah Smith Memorial Bike Trail provides over 32 miles of nature, animals, and river access.

Snow skiing and snowboarding are popular winter pastimes of the region’s residents. World-class ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range are within a two-hour drive of downtown Sacramento. These includeSquaw Valley, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Sugar Bowl, Boreal, Alpine Meadows, and Heavenly.

Residents can also opt to stay in the area and enjoy several seasonal outdoor ice skating rinks.

Parks and Nature

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the Sacramento Zoological Gardens, and the various botanical gardens and arboretums in the Sacramento Region are of interest to naturalists and provide rare access to isolated ecosystems.

The Sacramento Zoo is home to more than 500 animals, including exotic and endangered species, and is rated as one of the best small zoos in the country. Capitol Park covers over 33 of the 40-acre site of the State Capitol and is a peaceful retreat within the busy city. It is home to the World Peace Rose Garden and a number of memorials. The shady park is occupied by hundreds of varieties of trees, plants, and flowers, and is perfect for a quiet stroll or picnic. With over 14,000 acres of fabulous recreation habitat, Sacramento County’s parks and open spaces offer a wide range of activities including cycling, rafting, kayaking, windsurfing, horseback riding, running, and much more.

Education Is In Our DNA

Abundant and skilled labor has been a major consideration for companies locating to and expanding in the Sacramento Region. High quality educational and training opportunities, affordability, and healthy lifestyle bring and keep talented, creative, and motivated employees in the region.

Focus on Public Education

One of the most important resources in the region is the rich and diverse network of educational institutions. Within the six counties of the Sacramento Region, 775 K-12 educational institutions are teaching over 400,000 students.

As shown in this chapter, the strong foundation of a quality K-12 education has created more opportunities for a college experience than ever before, and ultimately created the well-educated and trained workforce that exists in the Sacramento Region.

The Sacramento Region’s commitment to quality education results in consistently high levels of accomplishment for area students. In the 2014-15 school year, the Sacramento Region’s graduation rate was nearly 82.3%.

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) measures high school students’ verbal and mathematical reasoning skills and writing ability with a total combined score (verbal, math, and writing) range from 600 to 2400. Average scores are used to evaluate the educational preparedness of students entering their college years. With a combined average score of 1524, the Sacramento Region has one of the highest scores among the comparison areas for the 2013-14 school year.

Vocational Programs

The Sacramento County Office of Education operates Regional Occupational Programs that train high school students and adults for careers in the building trades and construction; finance and business; health science and medical technology; hospitality, tourism, and recreation; marketing, sales, and service; public services; and transportation.

Greater Sacramento is the West Coast’s central distribution hub. The region lies at the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers. The deep water Port of West Sacramento provides direct shipping access to the Pacific Ocean. Interstate-80 delivers an east-west connection from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Interstate-5 opens up the entire West Coast from Mexico to Canada. The Sacramento International Airport is minutes from downtown Sacramento. And multiple rail lines extend in all directions through the heart of Greater Sacramento. Taking your product from concept to distribution from a single location is part of what makes Greater Sacramento the ideal selection, whether your company is high tech or highway.

Sacramento International Airport

Port of West Sacramento

Sacramento Regional Transit

Union Pacific Railroad

Caltrans (California Department of Transportation)

California Highway Patrol

Live Traffic Cameras – Sacramento Region

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