Sacramento : California


What It Is Like to Retire in Sacramento

Sacramento is the capital of California, located east of San Francisco in the interior of the state. It was the terminus of the Pony Express as well as the first Transcontinental Railroad. Sacramento was the major city supplying the Gold Rush that began nearby in 1848. The population was 513,000 in 2019, over a 10% increase from 2009. California State University, Sacramento, is the largest college in town. UC Davis is 15 miles away.  Sacramento is located at the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers that flow into the San Francisco harbor. The rivers are an important source of recreation in the area. Old Sacramento consists of cobbled streets and many historic buildings, several of which are from the 1850s and 1860s. Buildings have been preserved, restored or reconstructed, and the district is now a big tourist attraction.

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Where to Retire in Sacramento and Home Prices

There are active adult communities in the Sacramento region. The median sale price of a home in the Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade area during the 1st quarter of 2021 was $465,000, according to the National Association of Realtors. Topretirements has a long list of active adult and 55+ communities in the area.


What Is Special about Sacramento

Sacramento is the capital of California. It has a long and important history in the development of this important state, and many of these historic buildings survive.

What Is Not Special about Sacramento

Cost of living and crime rate are both above the national average.


Who Will Like Retirement in Sacramento

Retirees who want an urban setting and enjoy living in a college town with a cultural center, health care and several means of transportation. Sacramento is somewhat walkable and is about average in walkability  when compared to other communities.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Sacramento derives tremendous economic value as the state capital. Education and healthcare and transportation are important as well.

Climate and Physical Environment

The city lies in the north central part of California, not far from Sutter's Mill and the orginal California Gold Rush. The Sacramento and American Rivers flow together here.  Summers are hot and dry with July's average 76 degrees. Summer heat is often moderated by a sea breeze known as the "delta breeze" which comes through the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta from the San Francisco Bay, and temperatures cool down sharply at night. In winter, the average January temperature is 46 degrees.  The foggiest months are December and January with the tule fog that can be extremely dense, lowering visibility to less than 100 feet (30 m) and making driving conditions extremely hazardous. This phenomenon is named after the tule grass wetlands (tulares) of the Central Valley. Chilling tule fog events have been known to last for several consecutive days or weeks.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Community Center Theatre and Memorial Auditorium have many performances including Sacramento Ballet and Sacramento Philharmonic & Ballet. The Wells Fargo Pavilion is here.  There are other theaters in town as well. The Crocker Art Museum is the oldest public art museum west of the Mississippi River. Golden 1 Center sits in the heart of downtown Sacramento, and is home to all things entertainment. The huge arena seats approximately 19,000. It hosts live musical concerts, basketball games, entertainment, and many local events. Guy Fieri, American restaurateur, owns a fusion-style restaurant here.


Crime rate is higher than average and will vary by neighborhood.


Medical Facilities

Kaiser has hospitals here, but the major hospital is the UC Davis Medical Center.


Sacramento International Airport serves the region. There is Amtrak service as well as one of the busier bus and light rail systems in the country.

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