Sacramento has dozens of neighborhoods, grouped into four areas. Area One is the central and eastern sections of the city and includes Boulevard Park and Sacramento State. Area Two covers the southwestern corner with neighborhoods like Meadowview and Sacramento City College. Area Three is the southeastern part of the city with popular neighborhoods including Colonial Heights and Tahoe Park South. Area Four encompasses everything north of the American River, including Del Paso Heights and Valley View Acres.
Cobbled streets and historic buildings – many from the 1850s – can be admired in Old Sacramento. Buildings in this area have been restored or reconstructed, and historic steam trains and horse drawn carriages take visitors through the roads. The Lady Adams Building is the oldest surviving building in the city. The B.F. Hastings Building dates back to 1853 and was once home to the California Supreme Court and the western terminus of the Pony Express.
Sacramento has 181,641 single-family homes, 10,097 multi-family homes, and 7,889 condo units. There are 2,161 apartments, just over 5,000 vacant lots, and another 670 uncategorized residential structures. 5,625 commercial buildings, 1,841 industrial properties, and 1,228 mixed-use buildings complete Sacramento’s real estate stock.
Several highways travel in or around Sacramento. I-80 is the main east/west route, US-50 can take travelers all the way to Ocean City, Maryland, while I-5 goes north to Redding and south to Los Angeles. The Sacramento Regional Transit District oversees public transportation and is the 11th busiest public transit district in the country. It includes 274 buses and 76 light-rail vehicles which serve more than 58,000 passengers every day.
Sacramento public school districts include the San Juan, Sacramento City, and Twin Rivers unified school districts. There are also a number of religious and private schools. Local universities include California State University Sacramento, named a “Tree City USA” campus. University of California Davis and its world-renowned research hospital are also sited here.
Of the 20 hospitals in or around Sacramento, University of California Davis Medical Center is the top ranked one, renowned for 10 specialties and 5 children’s specialties. Other top hospitals include Sutter Medical Center and Mercy General Hospital.
2015 FBI stats showed 3,611 reported violent crimes and 16,501 reported property crimes in Sacramento. Emergency calls are centralized in a 28,000-square-foot facility that handles nearly 700,000 calls per year, including 181,000 911 calls.
Described as one of the most diverse cities in the country, it’s no surprise Sacramento boasts such an eclectic culinary scene. Considered the home of the “farm-to-fork” movement, some of the most popular eateries in the city are The Firehouse for American fare, Biba for Italian, Chandro’s Tacos for Mexican, and you can get Greek food at Petra.
Major theatre venues include the Sacramento Convention Center complex that governs the Memorial Auditorium and the Community Center.
The Sacramento Ballet, the Sacramento Opera, and the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra all play here. Professional theatre companies like Music Circus and California Musical Theatre draw in New York and L.A. performers and directors.