Life in Sacramento

California's capitol, Sacramento, offers youth, parents and families unique sports, recreation, education and social opportunities. Housing is relatively affordable, as well.

The region offers over 50 golf courses, including several PGA-level courses. Just a short drive away, Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range are central to premier skiing and recreational activities. Also close by is the world-renowned Napa Valley, famous for its wineries. San Francisco and the Bay Area are about an hour's drive. These major metropolitan areas are home to several professional sports teams, unique cultural events and activities, and some of the best shopping, dining and nightlife in the country.


Sacramento typically experiences damp to wet, mild winters and hot, dry summers. The wet season is generally October through April and 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.

Cost of living

The cost of living in Sacramento is moderately higher than the national average, but certainly lower than other areas of California. In January 2011, the cost of living index for the Sacramento area was 116, compared to the national average of 100.


The Sacramento area hosts a wide variety of higher educational opportunities. There are two major public universities and many private institutions, community colleges and vocational schools.

There are several public school districts in Greater Sacramento, as well as many private and parochial schools. The list below is not intended to be all-inclusive.

Public schools:

Private schools:

 Higher education:

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