Top 10 Places to Live in Sacramento


Sacramento is a great place to live and today we list the top 10 places to live in Sacramento.

Centrally located to year ’round activities

To begin with, there’s always something to do in Sacramento.  For instance, you can attend a Sacramento Kings game, watch a minor league baseball game or go to the railroad museum with the kids.  Finally, enjoy the bustling nightlife in mid town pr East Sac.

Do you love water sports?  In the summer, go jump in a lake, literally.  Enjoy either the Sacramento or American Rivers and the several parks along the river, or nearby Folsom Lake if you are looking for a fun place to cool off.  Besides these water options, there are whitewater rafting adventurous just 45 minutes away for those needing more adrenaline in their life.  Then in the Fall it’s off to Apple Hill.  Nestled in the foothills in nearby Camino, it’s apple harvest time – fresh apple cider, homemade apple pie and fun hay rides for the kids.  On your way home, stop in historic Placerville and enjoy some great dining in this quaint gold rush town.  Finally, in the Winter, skiing and other winter sports are a short 90 minute drive away.

If you are thinking of moving to the Sacramento area, Niche.com just released their “Best Suburbs to Live in Sacramento Metro” for 2017.  Their grading scale takes in many factors affecting those living in suburbia:  quality of local schools, crime rates,  housing trends, employment and other factors that impact the communities desirability.

Top 10 Places to Live in Sacramento

  1. Davis– First on the list, Davis is best known as a college town.  It has many excellent restaurants, night life and is very conservation conscious.  In addition, if you enjoy bicycling, Davis is super bicycle friendly.Sacramento is a great place for families
  2. Gold River – Several of the areas on the list are located next to or within walking distance to Sacramento’s premier American River Parkway including Gold River. This “jewel of Sacramento” has 23 miles bike paths and walking trails along the American and Sacramento rivers.  My personal favorite, this is a go-to destination for many cycling enthusiasts who come to visit Sacramento.
  3. Folsom – Coming in third place, on the eastern end of the American River Parkway, this former cow town has become thriving place for families to live.  Along with excellent schools and Folsom Lake College, it also has many great restaurants.  The new Folsom Ranch expansion to the south of town will dedicate over 1,000 acres to open space and have over 23 miles of new paths and trails along with 138 acres of parks.  Oh, and it still hosts a rodeo every year.
  4. El Dorado Hills – Not to be left out, El Dorado Hills is a great place to live along with nearby Cameron Park.  It was originally built as housing for the local aerospace industry, but now has become a home for employees of Intel and Blue Shield.  The bustling Town Center has several fine dining establishments, a great movie theater and fountains.  It also provides a place go for a nice evening stroll or to meet up with friends.  The Town Center also hosts several events during the year including their annual Art and Wine festival that brings artisans from far and wide to display their craft.  In addition, Folsom Lake borders the north side of town with awesome boating and water activities that can be reached from Brown’s Ravine.
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  6. Roseville -These two suburbs could almost be sisters.  In addition, they have awesome schools, great restaurants and are great places to raise a family.  Want to get away for the weekend?  It is just a quick 2 hour drive to San Francisco or to Reno.
  7. El Grove – Best known for it’s award winning schools, it also has tons of shopping and restaurants.  My favorite is the cute old town section that has a kind of Mayberry feel to it.  Furthermore, the city has lots of parks and playgrounds for children to play.
  8. Granite Bay – On the west side of Folsom Lake, Granite Bay is home to many corporate executives and families.  Like so many other parts of Sacramento, it also has several parks with access to boating and bike trails.Water Sports
  9. Rancho Murrietta – Located further out than most of the other areas on the list, Rancho Murrietta is nestled up against the foothills and built around a golf course.  It is also just a few minutes drive to California’s foothill wine country.
  10. La Riviera – Finally, in 10th place is a nice part of town adjacent to the American River Parkway and Sacramento State University.  It has with several parks along the American River for fun in the water.  In addition to being close to Sacramento’s downtown, it too is a quick drive for weekend get away to the nearby wine country areas of Placerville, Jackson and Plymouth.

Additional cities on the list were:

  1. Fair Oaks
  2. Vineyard
  3. Loomis
  4. Rosemont
  5. Rancho Cordova
  6. Lincoln
  7. Carmichael
  8. Woodland
  9. West Sacramento
  10. Orangevale
  11. Cameron Park
  12. Auburn
  13. Antelope
  14. Shingle Springs
  15. North Auburn

If you need more information, visit “Best Suburbs to Live in Sacramento Metro“.

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