Here are a few reasons why Sacramento is GREAT!

Affordable Housing
Let’s start with the most obvious reason on this list that people are moving to Sacramento. Housing in Sacramento is significantly less than that of the Bay Area — four times less, to be precise. The median home price in Sacramento is $350,000 and the median home price in San Francisco is $1,500,000. Those coming from SF can financially thrive in a city like Sacramento. And they’re more likely able to afford the luxuries that are lofty fantasies in the Bay Area, such as a yard, a guest room, a garage, and spacious living areas. Many people have transitioned from a tiny studio in the Bay Area to a spacious house in Sacramento — one that they purchased instead of rented. Homeownership is much more attainable in Sacramento, allowing people to put down roots in the city and purchase an investment with long-term benefits.

Job Opportunities
An estimated 120,000 Bay Area transplants have jobs based in the Bay Area due to the mobile nature of today’s workforce. They are able to travel to the city occasionally, some on a more regular basis. And others are seeking the vibrant job market in Sacramento, which has seen significant growth in recent years. According to the Greater Sacramento Economic Council, Sacramento County had the highest rate of employment growth between 2012 and 2013 when compared to the 50 largest counties in the country. This steady growth trend has continued all the way to the present day, mostly due to entrepreneurs and business owners who have flocked to the region. Some Bay Area employers, such as HealthSherpa and Fantag, have even set up offices in Sacramento to provide a lower cost of living for employees and to avoid the long commute into San Francisco. A healthy job market and the other attractive qualities of the city put Sacramento at the number two spot on Forbe’s list of the Happiest Cities to Work In back in 2015.

Central Location
Sacramento truly has an ideal location. With just a two-hour drive, residents may access the wineries in Napa Valley, the ski resorts and water sports at Lake Tahoe, and the exciting attractions of San Francisco. These destinations already on the radar of San Franciscans are still attainable after a move to Sacramento. In fact, in the case of Lake Tahoe, they become even more accessible!

Surrounded by Nature
Sacramento is surrounded by rich farmland, refreshing rivers and distant mountains. It is easier to access the many outdoor recreational opportunities the region has to offer. In fact, the renowned American and Sacramento Rivers run directly through the city. And the American River Parkway attracts more than 5 million visitors each year. This 23-mile parkway and its many parks are perfect for hiking, biking, fishing, boating, rafting, golfing and more. Plus, there are several campgrounds in the region and beautiful hikes within a few hours of Sacramento.