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What it's Like to Retire in Davis

Davis is a city of over 65,000 in north central California, 11 miles west of Sacramento. It is famous as the home of UC Davis, a distinguished university with more than 32,000 students.  As a college town it has a decidely liberal bent plus all the attractions associated with that, such as plentiful restaurants, wine bars, and book stores. The city is quite a great place for bicyclists - it is home to the Bicycling Hall of Fame.  The city was once ranked the #2 most educated city in the U.S.  Photos courtesy of Wikipedia and Miles530 (downtown photo).

 

Where to Retire in Davis and Home Prices

There is at least one cooperative housing community for people of retirement age in Davis (see link at right). The median home price was about $425,000 in mid 2012.

 

What is special about Davis

Being home to a major university, UC Davis, makes this a special place.

 

What is not special about Davis

Home prices are expensive.

 

Who will like retirement in Davis

People who want to live in a college town in inland northern California.

 

Local economy is driven by

The University is the major employer and driver of the economy.

 

Climate and Physical Environment

Davis is in north central California, west of Sacramento and northeast of San Francisco. The average January temperature is in the mid 40's and the average July temp is in the mid 70's.

 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Being home to UC Davis's famous wine making department (Viticulture and Enology) one would expect great wines and foods here. Tucos Wine Bar and Vini Wine Bar generally get very favorable reviews online. A big event each year is the Whole Earth Festival's (WEF) held each Mother's Day weekend. Picnic Day is another big event held each April with a  parade and other festivities. The UC Davis Arboretum is quite popular. The Mondavi Center on the UC Davis campus hosts many world-class touring acts, is one of the biggest non-seasonal attractions to Davis.

 

Crime

The crime rate is about 2/3 the national average.

 

Medical facilities

Sutter Davis Hospital provides acute care services. Other hospitals are nearby in Woodland and Sacramento.

 

Transportation

Davis has been named one of America's most bike-friendly cities. Davis residents enjoy an extensive network of bike lanes, bike paths, and grade-separated bicycle crossings.

 

Valuable Links

Wikipedia page on Davis

 

What people are saying about Davis

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Facts about DAVIS
  • State: CA
  • Environment: Rural,Suburban,College Town,
  • City Population: 50,001-100,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $300,001-$500,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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