Davis : California


What It Is 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.  Photo of Downtown Davis in February 2008, courtesy of Wikipedia and Miles530 (public domain); photo of Part of the UC Davis Arboretum courtesy of Wikipedia and Kelvin Kay, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/


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 left). Zillow reports the median home value was $721,238 in early 2020.


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.



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.



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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