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Best Cities 2010: Sacramento, CA

City: Sacramento

State: California

Best Cities Overall Rank: 99

About Sacramento: Sacramento was founded during the Gold Rush, when gold was discovered just outside the city, and Sutter's Fort was built. Sutter's Fort is a popular tourist attraction today.

County: Sacramento

Population: 463,794

Official website for city visitors' bureau/city: Visitor's bureau website

Newspaper with the largest circulation: The Sacramento Bee


Sacramento blogs:
Shop Cheap
Visitor's Bureau blog


Sacramento's Facebook page: Follow Sacramento on Facebook

Sacramento's Twitter page: Follow Sacramento on Twitter


Education rank: 57

High School graduation rate 2008: 84.5%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 5

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 1.08

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 8

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 1.72

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 253

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 20.20

Total Expenditures Per Student: $11,044


Health rank: 57

Quality children's hospitals: 3

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.65

Quality Pediatricians: 3

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.65

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 10.33


Safety rank:85

Violent Crimes, 2008: 4,660

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 1,004.75

Sex Offenders: 1,575

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 339.59


Economy rank: 93

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 23.80

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 13.1

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1,064.78

Median Home Sale Price: $156,700

5-Year Home Value Index: -11.71%

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 41.39%

Recreation Rank: 76

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 3,160

Parkland per 100,000: 681.34


Photo courtesy of Michael Grindstaff