Life in Sacramento and Northern California
As California's capital city, Sacramento is on the move, serving up a diverse menu of outdoor activities, cultural events and nightlife. The city is racially and ethnically diverse, considered by Time magazine and the Civil Rights Project as the most racially integrated major city in America. In addition to the obvious benefits of a rapidly expanding and diverse patient population, Sacramento is a very livable city. The standard of living is higher and the cost of living is lower when compared to California's other heavily populated regions — the Los Angeles area and the San Francisco Bay area.
Sacramento's climate is ideal for persons seeking an active lifestyle. Horseback riding, golf and tennis are year-round activities. If you like the water, two major rivers (and numerous other waterways) are available for swimming, fishing, boating and rafting. Or set out on foot if you prefer hiking, camping, or rock climbing. The 30-mile American River Bike Trail is a riverfront paved path popular with cyclists, runners and leisurely-paced walkers. And the nearby Sierra Nevada are home to several destination resorts for both downhill and cross-country skiing.
Sports fans in Sacramento can cheer on their favorite local team, whether it's at the arena, diamond, track, course or field. Enjoy NCAA sports with the UC Davis Cal Aggies and Sacramento State Hornets, NBA basketball at Sacramento Kings games, home-run excitement with the AAA Sacramento River Cats and fast feet on the field with men's professional soccer team Sacramento Republic FC.
With professional ballet, opera and theatre companies, along with extensive dining options, art galleries and museums, Sacramento offers plenty of entertainment. In the evenings, find everything from DJs spinning hip-hop to bands playing original tunes. Join the nightclub crowd in downtown Sacramento, or keep the beat with salsa dancers stirring it up in the clubs. Explore local wineries and savor new cuisines. If you like a street fair atmosphere, try the monthly Second Saturday arts event. The Crocker Art Museum, with its impressive collection and extensive space for touring exhibits, is the region's visual arts hub, together with UC Davis's outstanding art collections in several campus galleries, including the new Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. The Mondavi Arts Center at UC Davis provides two performance venues for local, national and international performances.
Most of the year, Sacramento's sunny days and and mild evenings provide plenty of reasons to step outside and enjoy the weather. Sacramento is a Tree City, USA, in recognition of the beauty and density of the tree canopy. The City of Sacramento has an extensive park system, providing more than a thousand acres of green space and natural habitat. In Old Sacramento, experience Sacramento's waterfront pioneer days while you dine on the Delta King riverboat, or ride on a California State Railroad Museum steam-powered train excursion. Further afield, Sacramento is surrounded by some of the region's most beautiful and popular scenic vistas.
Sacramento is the farm-to-fork capital of America, which is showcased by the city’s vibrant dining scene. You’ll find our residents “eating the grid” at any one of the city’s many happy hours, or on a group outing during restaurant week. There’s no better way to enjoy the City of Trees’ beautiful park system than with food truck events. The greater Sacramento area also offers a vast array of global cuisines that reflect the diversity of our population. World class wines and Michelin-star restaurants are just a short trip to the Napa Valley away. For those who enjoy cooking at home, the massive Sunday farmers market and other events give you a chance to buy directly from the same farms that supply some of California’s best restaurants, and each neighborhood within Sacramento (and even the UC Davis Medical Center itself) has its own weekly farmers market.