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California's capital city of Sacramento has a lot going for it. It's one of America's most diverse cities, has the most tree coverage of American cities, and ranks among sunniest spots in the country. It's no wonder that people are moving to Sacramento in droves.
But before you join the masses in copping on to how awesome Sacramento is, you oughta know what neighborhoods are the best of the best. The places with a solid home price to income ratios, blue ribbon schools, safe streets, and an abundance of jobs. There's no geographic cheat-sheet here: neighborhoods representing every corner of Sacramento are on this list. Only the best of Sacramento's 113 neighborhoods made the cut, but it depends on what your priorities are for determing which will make the best home for you.
If a mix of quality and affordability is on the top of your agenda, Natomas Park might be your best bet. If you're looking for a spot with unending amenities, you're going to want to take a closer look at what's going on in Pocket. Want to be in the center of the action? New Era Park has you covered, being the closest to downtown, with its booming live entertainment scene and global cuisine.
Wherever you end up in Sacramento, you'll be living in the farm-to-fork capital of the world, meaning that getting fresh food will never be a struggle, whether you're stopping by one of Sacramento's 40 regional farmer's markets or getting some grub at a local restaurant. And when you've hit your healthy quota for the week, treat yourself to a burger from Squeeze Inn.
Find yourself a spot in the shade of one of Sacramento's many trees, grab a bag of Blue Diamond almonds, and get ready to live like a Sacramento King, because we're heading to the best neighborhoods in Sacramento.
The Best Neighborhoods In Sacramento For 2022
So there you have it -- the best neighborhoods to call home in Sacramento. Note that fishing enthusiasts might have a different take on things, but hey, you can always get yourself to the city's top fishing spots from whatever neighborhood you end up in. If you end up in a quieter neighborhood and craving activity, don't miss the annual Farm-to-Fork Festival - displays of local wineries, breweries, and distilleries alongside plenty of live music round out the week-long culinary adventure to perfection.
Sacramento's a great place to call home, no matter what your priorities are, but of Sacramento's 113 neighborhoods, there can only be one that's the best. So what Sacramento neighborhood takes the gold for 2022? According to the latest census report and our own SnackAbility scale, River Park is the best place to call home in Sacramento.
Curious to see how the rest of Sacramento's neighborhood's stacked up? Take a look at the full list below.
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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Sacramento
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $433,267 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $100,793 (Fourth best)
More on River Park: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $370,425 (12th best)
Median Income: $82,751 (12th best)
More on Pocket: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $329,467 (2best)
Median Income: $80,029 (13th best)
More on Village 9: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $442,192 (Third best)
Median Income: $92,923 (Fifth best)
More on East Sacramento: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $432,900 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $103,309 (best)
More on Westlake: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $303,200 (28th best)
Median Income: $70,602 (20th best)
More on Willowcreek: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $332,100 (20th best)
Median Income: $74,005 (18th best)
More on Elmhurst: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $285,950 (35th best)
Median Income: $91,312 (Sixth best)
More on Natomas Park: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $335,655 (17th best)
Median Income: $65,685 (26th best)
More on South Land Park: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $304,529 (26th best)
Median Income: $61,923 (29th best)
More on Greenhaven: Homes For Sale | Data
Methodology: How We Determined The Best Sacramento, CA Neighborhoods In 2022
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Sacramento, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".
Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:
- High incomes
- Low unemployment rates
- Low crime
- High home prices
- High population densities (A proxy for things to do)
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 113 in each category, where 1 was the best.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.
And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Sacramento." We're lookin' at you, River Park.
Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Sacramento, California has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
Summary: Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Sacramento
If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Sacramento where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Sacramento aren't all good. Village 5 takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Sacramento.
We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.
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