The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Sacramento For 2021


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Sacramento are the best of the best.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Sacramento.
Best Neighborhoods In Sacramento

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 111 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.

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 111 neighborhoods, there can only be one that's the best. So what Sacramento neighborhood takes the gold for 2021? 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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