The 10 Best Sacramento Suburbs To Live For 2021


We analyzed over 15 places around Sacramento to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best Sacramento suburbs.

Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Sacramento are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Sacramento for 2021:

  1. Folsom
  2. Rocklin
  3. Elk Grove
  4. Loomis
  5. Roseville
  6. Lincoln
  7. Davis
  8. Winters
  9. Rio Vista
  10. Woodland

What's the best suburb of Sacramento? Folsom ranks as the best suburb of Sacramento for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Folsom, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Sacramento 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about California:

The 10 Best Sacramento Suburbs To Live For 2021

Folsom, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 78,159
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $114,405
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.6%
More on Folsom: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Folsom is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Sacramento area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Folsom."

Everyone here is rich; families average $114,405 a year, which is the highest in the Sacramento region. And only 3.15% are out of work. Homes average more than $524,100 each.

Rocklin, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 64,835
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $98,566
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.6%
More on Rocklin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rocklin is the second best 'burb we looked at near Sacramento for 2021.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 4.08% of residents lack insurance, good for 8th best.

Elk Grove, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 170,825
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $93,780
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Poverty Rate: 8.1%
More on Elk Grove: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Elk Grove, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Sacramento metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Elk Grove.

Loomis, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,790
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Income: $83,162
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
More on Loomis: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Loomis ranks as the 4th best suburb of Sacramento for 2021.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Loomis and the schools are some of the best around.

Roseville, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 135,637
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $89,082
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 8.4%
More on Roseville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Roseville.

Roseville gets kudos for having the 6th most expensive homes in the Sacramento area, where houses sell for an average of $444,400. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Lincoln, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 47,388
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $88,734
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 7.9%
More on Lincoln: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lincoln is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 3.55% which is 3rd best in the area.

According to online reports, Lincoln is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Sacramento area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Davis, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 68,543
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Income: $69,379
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Poverty Rate: 29.8%
More on Davis: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Davis.

Davis schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 14.5 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Winters, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 7,197
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $87,050
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%
Poverty Rate: 8.2%
More on Winters: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Winters is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 4.35% of people lack insurance, good for 9th in the area.

Rio Vista, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 8,947
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $69,604
Unemployment Rate: 7.5%
Poverty Rate: 10.7%
More on Rio Vista: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Rio Vista?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Woodland, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 59,710
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Income: $69,612
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 11.2%
More on Woodland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Woodland.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Sacramento for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs around Sacramento was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2015-2019 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Sacramento.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 6,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 15 suburbs to evaluate around Sacramento.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 15 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Sacramento." We're lookin' at you, Folsom. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best Sacramento 'Burbs of 2021

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Sacramento, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Sacramento Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Folsom, CA 78,159 $114,405
2 Rocklin, CA 64,835 $98,566
3 Elk Grove, CA 170,825 $93,780
4 Loomis, CA 6,790 $83,162
5 Roseville, CA 135,637 $89,082
6 Lincoln, CA 47,388 $88,734
7 Davis, CA 68,543 $69,379
8 Winters, CA 7,197 $87,050
9 Rio Vista, CA 8,947 $69,604
10 Woodland, CA 59,710 $69,612
11 Galt, CA 25,990 $75,638
12 Citrus Heights, CA 87,373 $62,276
13 Dixon, CA 20,084 $82,570
14 West Sacramento, CA 53,151 $70,699
15 Rancho Cordova, CA 73,147 $65,307

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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