Search for any place in the USA:





Sacramento, California SperlingViews



"Great place to raise a family"


Great place to raise a family - 9/20/2007
5 25
LISA
Carmichael, CA

Sacramento is a great place to raise a family because housing is affordable, the city offers big city ammenities without the big city traffic. The weather is good and it is close to San Francisco and Lake Tahoe.

back to Sacramento, California Add a New SperlingView Report Abuse
Reply to this SperlingView

Login to reply to SperlingViews. (Membership is Free)


More Sacramento, California SperlingViews

Parinaz
Sacramento, CA

its not as bad as everyone may say it is - 1/16/2013

All in all Sacramento is not that bad! There are some great pro's about the city. Its located perfectly in the middle of all great things in California.. With a 2hr drive you can go to the mountains(Tahoe), or the city(San Fransisco), or Napa valley, or if you drive 5-6hrs youre in LA... thats the best thing I like about this place. If you like to travel its a great base. For living I would recommend the outskirts of Sacramento, like Lincoln, Rocklin to live in... the neighborhoods are nicer and more family orientated. In the Sacramento area you have a lot of class diversity. One street over is a bad neighborhood, where one street the other way is a million dollar home neighborhood. So theres a mixture of different classes within the same region. In the outskirts like lincoln, the differences in class are very slim so overall the entire area is nice and safe so you would have to worry about making the wrong turn!

[Comment on this Posting]


Beverly
Aiken, SC

Good and Bad - 12/31/2012

I lived there for 3 years while in college (about 3 years ago). It's a big city with unbelievably awful traffic. It takes 30 minutes to drive 4 miles down the road in some parts of Sacramento. The summers are unbareably hot reaching over 100 degrees on many days. Being that it is dry heat (which I was not used to being raised on the East coast) does not make it more bareable. During the summers I did not want to spend long outside due to the heat and constantly felt like I needed to drink water and carry lotion with me because my skin felt SO dry (and I don't have dry skin). BUT the people were very friendly and down-to-earth. I have lived a lot of places and I would have to say the people in Sacramento were probably the nicest most normal people I met anywhere.

[Comment on this Posting]


Bp
Fair Oaks, CA

Never a blue sky - 9/30/2012

We rarely ever get a blue sky. And when we do expect chemtrails to ruin the view within an hour. Not sure what they are doing in this area but it seems to be chemtrail city.. Thought everywhere was like this til we vacationed in Florida. Even thought there were clouds the sky was soooo blue and clear!!!

[Comment on this Posting]


Katherine
McKinney, TX

I wish my Brother & Sister would leave California - 9/29/2012

I would not wish Sacramento or Cali living on my worst enemy. Since my brother and his family moved to this town 10 years ago they have experienced job losses, breathing/health problems thanks to pollution, overcrowded schools, overcrowded roads. More than half of his friends have experienced job losses, foreclosures, health problems and have been victims of increasing crime rate. Crime is soaring. People of lower income have fled from southern to northern parts of California in search of "affordable" housing. I have tried in vain to convince my brother to move away from Cali-his wife refuses to move. Unfortunately, his wife is still holding on to the "California Dream" which is more of an illusion than anything else. She somehow thinks that because she lives in a state with "celebs" "trendies" and "Techies" that makes her "special" over everyone else in the U.S. To her --anyone that is not a Californian or New Yorker is a "Hick". Its a mentality that she never used to have when she lived in NY state- but developed soon after moving to Cali. Sad but i have noticed that this is the mentality of many people that i've encountered the few times i have visited (I've traveled northern and southern parts of Cali). What many California's don't realize is that the rest of the country views this state as a royal mess. One that has fallen to illegal immigrants, and housing bubbles and yielding gangs, drugs, and other illegal activities as well as overcrowded hospitals and schools. Many areas have become downright dilapidated since most people don't have the economic power to live in a decent home and cities don't have the budget to keep up with the demands of an increased population. Its truly sad. So many Californians are entrenched in the mirage that many don't even realize how bad they have it. I've encountered people that live in $700K garages, in a crappy neighborhood, they call home. And they think they have it "made". Tragic. And if you are wondering by now where i live, that would be in McKinney,Texas (A far north suburb of Dallas). While it is not perfect by any means, here we don't have the crime, drugs, pollution, overcrowded schools/hospitals or job losses that many parts of California has experienced. While we have had some job losses during the recession, it was never as severe as what California experienced. Not to mention the housing prices are pretty decent. I live in an 8 year old, 1,500 SF home i purchased for $120K in a beautiful and safe neighborhood close to many amenities. Our streets are lined with tons crepe myrtles and other mature trees & flowering shrubs that help clean the air and serve to beautify our town. Moreover, over the years, there has been aggressive restoration of historic homes and the historic downtown area. Many parts of McKinney have become as picturesque as a Norman Rockwell painting. The people here are friendly and the two friends that I knew which experienced job losses were able to find another job, at a better salary, in under a year. By contrast--Both my sister who lives with her family in Southern California and my brother who lives with his family in Northern California have suffered tremendously over the past few years. By sheer miracle my sister managed to sell her home, one that she almost lost on several occasions to forest fires and then finally to foreclosure. Her husband has 3 years left before retirement and they are getting the heck out of Cali. This year they are moving into a small apartment for the next 3 years until they get out. My brother, on the other hand, can't leave unless his wife is on board with the idea, or he gets a divorce in order to finally move. There are just so many other gorgeous places in this country that hasn't experienced the severe job losses, crime rates, overcrowded and pollution that California has. Last time i visited Cali was 6 years ago. I was so saddened by what is saw. It was not the same California i knew of 25 years ago.

[Comment on this Posting]


Christiana
McKinney, TX

I wish my brother would leave this place already - 9/29/2012

I would not wish Sacramento or Cali living on my worst enemy. Since my brother and his family moved to this town 10 years ago they have experienced job losses, breathing/health problems thanks to pollution, overcrowded schools, overcrowded roads. More than half of his friends have experienced job losses, foreclosures, health problems and have been victims of increasing crime rate. Crime is soaring. People of lower income have fled from southern to northern parts of California in search of "affordable" housing. I have tried in vain to convince my brother to move away from Cali-his wife refuses to move. Unfortunately, his wife is still holding on to the "California Dream" which is more of an illusion than anything else. She somehow thinks that because she lives in a state with "celebs" "trendies" and "Techies" that makes her "special" over everyone else in the U.S. To her --anyone that is not a Californian or New Yorker is a "Hick". Its a mentality that she never used to have when she lived in NY state- but developed soon after moving to Cali. Sad but i have noticed that this is the mentality of many people that i've encountered the few times i have visited (I've traveled northern and southern parts of Cali). What many California's don't realize is that the rest of the country views this state as a royal mess. One that has fallen to illegal immigrants, and housing bubbles and yielding gangs, drugs, and other illegal activities as well as overcrowded hospitals and schools. Many areas have become downright dilapidated since most people don't have the economic power to live in a decent home and cities don't have the budget to keep up with the demands of an increased population. Its truly sad. So many Californians are entrenched in the mirage that many don't even realize how bad they have it. I've encountered people that live in $700K garages, in a crappy neighborhood, they call home. And they think they have it "made". Tragic. And if you are wondering by now where i live, that would be in McKinney,Texas (A far north suburb of Dallas). While it is not perfect by any means, here we don't have the crime, drugs, pollution, overcrowded schools/hospitals or job losses that many parts of California has experienced. While we have had some job losses during the recession, it was never as severe as what California experienced. Not to mention the housing prices are pretty decent. I live in an 8 year old, 1,500 SF home i purchased for $120K in a beautiful and safe neighborhood close to many amenities. Our streets are lined with tons crepe myrtles and other mature trees & flowering shrubs that help clean the air and serve to beautify our town. Moreover, over the years, there has been aggressive restoration of historic homes and the historic downtown area. Many parts of McKinney have become as picturesque as a Norman Rockwell painting. The people here are friendly and the two friends that I knew which experienced job losses were able to find another job, at a better salary, in under a year. By contrast--Both my sister who lives with her family in Southern California and my brother who lives with his family in Northern California have suffered tremendously over the past few years. By sheer miracle my sister managed to sell her home, one that she almost lost on several occasions to forest fires and then finally to foreclosure. Her husband has 3 years left before retirement and they are getting the heck out of Cali. This year they are moving into a small apartment for the next 3 years until they get out. My brother, on the other hand, can't leave unless his wife is on board with the idea, or he gets a divorce in order to finally move. There are just so many other gorgeous places in this country that hasn't experienced the severe job losses, crime rates, overcrowded and pollution that California has. Last time i visited Cali was 6 years ago. I was so saddened by what is saw. It was not the same California i knew of 25 years ago.

[Comment on this Posting]


cloudweller
Pittsburgh, PA

SUNNY DAYS ANNUALLY - 8/19/2012

I have spent alot of time in what was once America and Sacramento,California.The City Fathers must have an excellent Public Relations/Advertising agency on the payroll.Why?Because if you belive half of what you read...the sun shines most,if not all of the year. Well,I am here to tell you that this is not even remotely true. If you plan on retiring in the area or merely looking for a suuy clime in which to work and raise a family,do your own research and you will see what I mean.Have a nice day.

[Comment on this Posting]


Nick
Sacramento, CA

General pros & cons of Sacramento (former 20-year - 8/8/2012

This review covers Sacramento itself, but the whole area going east to the foothills is a seamless mass of houses and roads, so you usually can't tell when you've crossed into another city unless you see a sign. Folsom seems more separated from the rest because of Lake Natoma (just a wide part of the American River) but it's mostly one big suburb. I list more cons than pros because those things are what prompted me to move away. Others might like it here just fine for their whole lives. PROS: There are decent neighborhoods with good people in the mid-town and Land Park areas, especially. The American River Parkway is invaluable to have and the bike trail is generally well maintained. The parkway land was mainly spared development because of the river's floodplain. There really isn't much in the way of nature aside from land along the river and reservoirs to the east. Weather most of the year is very comfortable, with no snow to speak of and plenty of sun. The land is mostly flat, which makes for less complicated driving than some places. Relatively close access to the Sierra Nevada is convenient for escapism. CONS: South Sacramento is crime-ridden and the trend has extended south to the once-decent town of Elk Grove. This is apparently due in part to "escapees" from bad sections of the Bay Area seeking cheaper housing, or just general overpopulation and a welfare mentality. Sacramento just gets more and more crowded, like the whole state (NPG would be welcome). The Del Paso Heights area north of downtown is similar to the south area but is trying to improve itself. You're likely to run into thuggy people in many parts of the city but it's probably no worse than any large urban area. Traffic can be bad, especially afternoon commutes headed east on 50 & 80 or south on 5, but most big metro areas are similar. The summer heat can be oppressive at times, but it's more tolerable than places like Redding in terms of cooling down at night. Just don't live here if you like to be outside and can't cope with drawn-out summers. If you have good air-conditioning you'll survive fine indoors. Sacramento's air quality is among the worst in the nation, though I think it might be skewed by stagnant summer air patterns. I'd like to see air quality data by month. What many people call "allergies" might be partly due to smog, not just plant material. I noticed an improvement in my exercise lung capacity not long after leaving Sacramento for the Bay Area. SUMMARY: Overall, I moved away because of the bad air, heat overload, a general impression of growing crime and thuggyness, plus I just wanted a change of scenery after being laid off from work. Every place has negatives but you can do much worse than Sacramento. It's sort of a reflection on California as a whole. People say they're "fed up" but the so-called greener pastures out of state may be an illusion. There's a reason why California is so crowded!

[Comment on this Posting]


Eric
Sacramento, CA

Why Sacramento doesn't work for me - 6/8/2012

I have lived in Sacramento since I was one month old, and was proud to live there for most of my life. In recent years, though, I've been doubtful that living here was really the best move. Because it doesn't snow, there are Harleys (the worst invention ever) 365 days a year, rain or shine. Because the cost of living is so low, there are a plethora of smokers, crummy public schools, and a lot of crime after dark. Finally, I am 6' 8" and feel like I need to be around tall people, but Tall Clubs International has set up shop so it's impossible to do that without doing things I disagree with. One thing I like about where I live is, there are few conservatives.

[Comment on this Posting]


Jeremy
Sacramento, CA

Undergraduate Education - 3/13/2012

I received a BS degree in Civil Engineering, all through education located within Sacramento. Sacramento City College, a community college, is cheap to receive your lower-division, and I have found that the education I got there is more comprehensive than some of my University friends received. I painlessly transferred to CSU Sacramento, which is an ABET accredited engineering campus. I am very pleased with the education I got, as well as the help entering the workforce afterward. I had a job lined up the day I walked out of my last final, all in the late stages of the recession (Dec 2011). Three thumbs up!

[Comment on this Posting]


Diane
Sacramento, CA

Sunny California - 3/4/2012

The cost of living is what is driving my husband and I to start thinking about relocating. There is always plenty to do here and it's nice being able to take a day trip to San Francisco or Lake Tahoe whenever you want. The climate is wonderful, plenty of sunshine and not much humidity to speak of. Yes, the summers do get hot, numerous 100+ degree days, but it is true what they say about the difference between a humid hot and a dry hot.

[Comment on this Posting]


Mike
Sacramento, CA

RIver Systems - 2/12/2012

The river systems in Sacramento and surrounding areas are beautiful and a great place for recreation with the family.

[Comment on this Posting]


Rose
Bellingham, WA

Mixed feelings - 5/27/2011

When I moved to Sacramento, I moved there not knowing much at all about the city. I picked it because of the location in California. It is located almost right in the middle. This is great if you like both mountains and ocean, and are fine with not living by either. You travel about 2 hours west and you are in the San Fransisco bay area - and you have the ocean. You travel about 2 hours east and you have the mountains, and a little farther is Reno. If you travel about 6 hours south you are in the L.A. area. Travel about 3 hours north and you are in Redding/Shasta area. The Sacramento area is not as big as the L.A. but it is still big. There are many smaller cities that surround it, and they all kind of merge into one. I lived on the border of Sacramento and Citrus Heights, and it was not the best area to live as far as safety goes, or beauty for that matter. There is a lot of people and a lot of crime. At least once a week there was a search helicopter looking for criminals hovering over our apartment complex. They would tell us to stay indoors, and lock the windows and doors. I had my apartment robed in broad daylight. I actually walked in while in progress, and they ran out the back. The cops were no help either. There are gangs everywhere especially in south and north Sac. There are, however, really nice areas that are much safer. I would say I lived in the ghetto, or one of the ghettos. So do your research on the different areas or take a trip there before moving. There is plenty to do in the city and around the city - indoors and out. There are some awesome water parks in the area - if you are into that. Prices vary, there are some really cheep areas and some not so cheep areas. Basically the price matters here. If it's cheep it might be too good to be true, and you might end up in an area like mine. (Mid-tone is a beautiful area, but pricy) Downtown is fun - lots of history and culture, and the streets are lined with orange and palm trees. It's beautiful! The temperature often hits triple digits in summer. In the winter it can be bone dry cold, but rarely rarely ever snows. Mostly it's pretty dry and hot. The good thing is most places come with a/c and pools, but they get packed quick. There are plenty of good places to eat, good malls, and really a lot of stuff was way cheeper in Sacramento - compared to Washington. Honestly I was sad to leave when I did. When I was moving back to Washington while driving from I-80 to I-5 I took one last look at the downtown and just bawled like a baby. I was very happy there except for the negative factors that I mentioned. The sun itself made me happy. I have lived most of my life in Washington and the sun in Washington will just never compare to Cali sun. Other than that I can't think of anything else to add. Well except the air quality is not so good, and it gets smoggy. I have seen worse, but I have also seen better. Make a visit before a move, and see if it is for you and your family. Good Luck

[Comment on this Posting]


Joyce
Fair Oaks, CA

Polution - 4/18/2011

I have lived here with my family for 16 years. I have asthma. I played tennis, and did everything outside before I moved here. Since moving here I can do none of these. I did not have asthma before I moved here, and didn't believe the saying I heard, that most people that move here will get asthma. My husband was in the Navy so we moved often but no where kept me living only in the home. We will move within 5 years, and are looking for the best place in northern California that will be the best for my health. I'm sorry this is a negative posting however, we had to move here for job reasons. If you have an option think twice.

[Comment on this Posting]


Bp
Citrus Heights, CA

Sacramento Sucks - 2/27/2011

I have lived in the city of trees AKA Sacramento since 1980. So I’m sure that I qualify in giving a accurate assessment of what living here is like. Weather: low humidity, Summer includes many days of 100 degrees, but average year has 73 days with a high over 90 and it rains on average over 50 days and fog is over 90 days per year. Average cold temps are around mid 40’s during the winter season. Snow fall is extremely rare here. Traffic: If you are in downtown Sacramento and are traveling say to the suburbs of Roseville which is about 30 min drive you need to add another 30 to 45 min if you are traveling between the hours of 4:00 to 7:30 PM and 7:00 to 8:30 AM. Highway 50 is even worse getting from Sacramento to Ranch Cordova which should take about 20 minutes but in traffic time it will take you almost an hour. Crime: Areas such as Del Paso Heights and Oak Park have really high crimes rates. No one should go into those area’s after dark unless you want to run the high risk of getting shot or stabbed. In the suburbs you’re more than likely to have a higher chance of getting robbed. I should know it’s happened to me twice. Housing: is 37% Higher than the U.S. average. A two bedroom apartment you cost you around $900.00. Section 8 has been closed for years and there are very few low income apartments and if you can’t afford the housing we have many homeless locations. Population:1,451 people per square mile. It is really overcrowded Employment: Unemployment rate in Sacramento is 14.70 percent (U.S. avg. is 10.20%) Most of my friends have been unemployed for several months to a couple of years. Three of my friends have left California and swear that they will never return. Social Services: Due to budget cuts that are expected to go though Welfare will be eliminated. Med-I-cal services will be reduced by 40% which means out of pocket expenses. SSI will be cut to the federal pay only. People: Most of the people here are rude, but I did not realize that until I went to Reno, the people there would ask me how I was doing, where I was from and did not hesitate to strike up a conversation with me. At first I became really nervous and I held my purse a little closer to me. They will even help if you are broke down on the side of the road. If you live in Sacramento you need to have road side assistance or call someone you know. Because no one is going to stop to help you. Sometimes a cop will come by and tell you to move your vehicle because you are a distraction for the other drivers and at the same time will look for any violations, because cops love giving out tickets. But you do have a greater chance of getting a ticket in Citrus Heights and Roseville. Education: Collages are not too bad if you can afford to go many schools are being forced to not only raise fees, but reduce enrollment numbers, making the college application process more competitive than ever and if you have your child in public school. You can expect that there will be 21 other students in the classroom. If your child falls behind because, the teachers will not do their job he or she will be placed on a individualized education plan and be considered a special education student. The cost of living which includes utility, gas, food, housing, transportation and health care are all above the U.S. national average. Insurance is outrageous we rank 5th as the most expensive in the U.S. Not to mention you get taxed and regulated to death. The only good thing that anyone can say about living here is that it is a perfect location, you're half way between the mountains and the coast but don’t forget to look at all the smog covering the valley when you are driving back from Reno on I-80.

[Comment on this Posting]


Sharon
Sacramento, CA

Failing Economy - 1/19/2011

I know that the economy is a mess nationwide but this city was struggling long before the economic downturn. When I arrived ten years ago, the downtown district was wonderful - busy, beautiful, bustling - a destination. Downtown, especially K Street, is nearly vacant except for the homeless. State workers once filled the streets, shops and eateries. With the state budget cuts and furloughs, most of those places went out of business. It is sad, really, to watch the gradual creation of another California ghost town.

[Comment on this Posting]


Joanne
Elverta, CA

opinion on Elverta - 1/15/2011

Elverta is a quiet community north of Rio Linda. It's about 6 miles from the recently new Food Source shopping center in Rio Linda to get your groceries as well as about 6 miles travel to Antelope's Walmart near Elverta Rd & Watt. Besides living off a street that cars zoom by on, it's a nice,quiet community that is a nice escape from the busy Sacramento culture I lived in for the past 11 years. I recommend it to people who like rural living. It's a nice hideaway!

[Comment on this Posting]


Rhonda
Sacramento, CA

Great Place to Live - 11/4/2010

Sacramento to is a great place to live I think because you are just minutes away from San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Los Angelos, San Diego so your right in the middle of it all. All you have to do is decide what you fill like doing for that day and go in that direction. You have choices here as far as recreation and thing to do with your family. Old Sacramento is a place to visit at least once or twice a lot of history there. If your looking to live and raise your family stay on the rural areas and away from the south side. I like it because we never get bored it way to much to do here. Enjoy.

[Comment on this Posting]


Harvey
Sacramento, CA

Climate - 10/13/2010

I like all the seasons here.

[Comment on this Posting]


Peter
Sacramento, CA

Summer Heat - 8/12/2010

Most of the time, it's too hot during the summer - although this summer has been mild.

[Comment on this Posting]


GC
Sacramento, CA

Nice city, interesting demeanor - 6/15/2010

I have lived in all regions of the country as a military dependent, so my opinion of Sacramento is based on comparisons of similar cities.I have lived in Sacramento 12 years. Positives; It is a clean,nicely situated city between the Bay Area and Reno/Tahoe,between the ocean and the mountains. It is one of the most diverse cities in the country.It is a city for active people with bike paths and walking trails through out the city and along the rives. Overall Sacramento is a nice city,in a generic vanilla sort of way. Negatives; It is definitely a country city, with mild "redneck" leanings, even though Sacramento elected an African American mayor.It is not a progressive city thus such nicknames as Cowtown,the Big Sacratamato and the Big Easy.....Chair.It is more of a minor league city,home of the RiverCats and at this time the NBA Kings,which the voters don't seem to want to pay to keep.The city has outstanding restaurants though in the best of Sacramento many chain restaurants top the lists. Sacramento is a nice,generic city a good place to thrive....I mean,yawn, exist.

[Comment on this Posting]


Next >>