I think maybe L.A. or San Francisco could be rushed, but Sacramento is just laid back! -Nick Johnson
The Best Thing About Sacramento?
California for Midwest prices
SacTown, the geographical midpoint between the Bay Area and the beauty and ski slopes of Lake Tahoe, also has its own bounty of lakes and rivers in and around the city for those looking for the lazy beach days the state is known for. The capital of the Golden State provides residents with many classic California amenities for an average total cost of living that hovers right around the national average. This gives newcomers, used to being priced into cramped apartment lifestyles in other California cities, a fresh start and roomier living.
Here's a local on what living in Sacramento is like:
For me, it's the "balance" of it that is so appealing. You get all 4 seasons (Living in LA is maddening because it's sunny almost year round, and never get a break so to speak), it's close to the ocean AND the mountains, but you don't have to live in either location, tons to do outdoors, relatively chill and quiet. The only things missing are dining, and legit big entertainment. I always speak fondly of sacramento when telling others of it, to the point that they get excited at the idea of visiting. But I tell them very honestly that it is an extremely boring place to VISIT, unless you are going for very specific reasons and know what to do.
For more reviews of what living in Sacramento is like from locals check out: The Buzz
The Worst Thing About Sacramento?
Only You Can Prevent (Living Near) Wildfires.
Sacramento has been hit as hard if not harder than the other major west coast cities in the summer months in recent years. With increasing droughts, frequent summer days in the triple digits, and proximity to California wildfires, those moving to Sacramento for the warm weather might be flying too close to the sun, literally and figuratively. Bad air quality can make some Sacramento summers difficult to enjoy for those with expectations of a consistently idyllic California.
Here's the pov from one local on the issue:
Lived in Sacramento for 35 years. We absolutely love California, but semi-jokingly say that wildfire season is the only reason we’d leave. Last year we travelled during that season and the smoke was pretty bad in WA, OR, and NV too. Hell, last year there was bad smoke in Chicago and Minneapolis due to the Canadian fires.
Lifestyle Of Sacramento
One of the most diverse cities in the nation, Sacramento is filled with celebrations of culture. Known for its Chinese New Year, Cinco de Mayo, Carnaval celebrations and more. Have kids? Check out some of Sacramento’s wide variety of museums or cheer your lungs off at a Sacramento Kings game. Sacramento is also known for its theater and opera scenes, and you’ll never be far from a critically acclaimed cup of coffee. That ‘suburb’ vibe definitely perforates throughout the city, however, so maybe check out some of the other California cities if you’re hunting for a city with a vibrant nightlife. Hitting the road for a weekend adventure to the slopes of Lake Tahoe, the shores of the Pacific Coast, or the big cities by the Bay are also massive draws.
If you want to see what's happening in Sacramento check out the calendar of events: https://www.sacramento365.com/
Workstyle Of Sacramento
Being the capital of the most populous state in the country has its perks. Politics is one of SacTown’s biggest draws, headlined by the State of California being a huge employer. Sacramento is an ideal destination for the politically minded who want to get away from massive metropolises. Health jobs are also big in Cali’s capital. Sutter Health is headquartered in Sacramento, along with Kaiser Permanente are the two biggest private employers in town.
Why You Should Move Here Now?
The Suburban Draw
Sacramento offers some amazing perks including: tree lined streets a great local food scene and as previously noted affordable and spacious houses. This made it a prime target for pandemic movers. Those with the option to work remotely are trading up from big city apartments for Sacramento’s homes, mostly from other cities in the Golden State.