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Overview of Davis

Davis, California, is a city that has been largely shaped by University of California, Davis. Home to 65,622 residents, according to the 2010 Census, it is an educated place full of people who enjoy the outdoors and a laid-back lifestyle.

Because of this scholarly influence, the sunny metropolis has been home to a number of intelligent residents, so much so that it graced CNN's Most Educated Cities list at no. 2 in 2006. People who are looking for Davis apartments for rent will be pleased with their choice, as the city is located less than 75 miles northeast of San Francisco and has all of the makings of a perfect place to live.

Living in Davis, CA

Now a part of Yolo County, the city had humble beginnings and grew around a railroad depot that was constructed in the late 1860s. Originally named for Jerome C. Davis, a prominent local farmer, "Davisville" grew as a farming community and eventually the city was incorporated in 1917.

The agricultural roots of the population led to the city's selection in 1905 by then Governor George Pardee as the home to the University of California's University Farm. The first students enrolled in 1908 and the school was eventually made a UC general campus. The institution and the town have not forgotten the agrarian roots of the area, and the school still trains students in a number of farm-related disciplines.

The climate of the city has been compared to that of Mediterranean cities, and this has shaped the actions of residents, especially during summer months. People can be seen walking around the campus, which is located slightly southwest of the downtown area. Finding apartments for rent in Davis is easier in areas outside of this part of town, but residents in almost all parts of the city have easy access to Interstate 80, which connects to the southern part of California.

Davis Work and Study

A majority of the jobs in Davis are at the University of California campus located in the city, and the local governments in the area also employ a number of residents from the region. With Sacramento and San Francisco within driving distance of the city, the former less than a 20-minute drive, jobs are available in the state capital.

With more than 30,000 students, UC Davis is an integral part of the social and cultural influence on the city. 

Rentals in Davis, CA and Cost of Living

Though there is plenty of area to live in the city, the high number of students makes finding an apartment a challenge in certain places. People looking for apartments in Davis will be pleased with the myriad choices they have, as neighborhoods range in size, density and price.

The median gross rent in Davis is $1,225, according to the 2010 Census, but this number can fluctuate based on where you want to live in the city.

Davis Attractions and Special Events

The vibrant culture that is inspired by the local university persists through all areas of the city, and events like the Whole Earth Festival, held each Mother's Day, bring the residents and students together for a number of concerts, educational demonstrations and agriculture inspired exhibits and dances.

The Picnic in the Park celebration is held every Wednesday night from March through October, and draws people from around the area together for a celebration of ethnic food and local agriculture. People can choose from certified organic produce from the city's famous Farmer's Market, or try a number of international cuisines, all while enjoying musical performances from local artists.

To find a Davis apartment or rental, check out our apartment listings. Rent.com® is happy to help you find your next home.

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Furnished Studio - Sacramento - South Natomas

Sacramento, CA 95833

$1,350+

1 Bed1 Bath

Furnished Studio - Sacramento - South Natomas

Sacramento, CA (Metro Center, North Sacramento)


$1,350+

1 Bed1 Bath
23
Avanti
11

Sacramento, CA 95834

$1,434+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

10+ Units Available

Avanti

Sacramento, CA (North Sacramento, Sundance Lake)

(11)

$1,434+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
10+ Units Available
River Terrace

Sacramento, CA 95833

$1,025+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

River Terrace

Sacramento, CA (North Sacramento)


$1,025+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
20
Granite Point
1

Sacramento, CA 95834

$1,406+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

8 Units Available

Granite Point

Sacramento, CA (North Sacramento)

(1)

$1,406+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
8 Units Available
29
North Pointe

Vacaville, CA 95688

$1,699+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

2 Units Available

North Pointe

Vacaville, CA


$1,699+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
2 Units Available
Furnished Studio - Sacramento - Vacaville

Vacaville, CA 95687

$1,407+

1 Bed1 Bath

Furnished Studio - Sacramento - Vacaville

Vacaville, CA


$1,407+

1 Bed1 Bath
10
Furnished Studio - Sacramento - Northgate

Sacramento, CA 95834

$1,197+

1 Bed1 Bath

Furnished Studio - Sacramento - Northgate

Sacramento, CA (North Sacramento, South Natomas)


$1,197+

1 Bed1 Bath
Furnished Studio - Sacramento - Elk Grove

Elk Grove, CA 95758

$1,598+

1 Bed1 Bath

Furnished Studio - Sacramento - Elk Grove

Elk Grove, CA (Laguna West)


$1,598+

1 Bed1 Bath
Somerfield at Lakeside
17

Elk Grove, CA 95758

$1,430+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Somerfield at Lakeside

Elk Grove, CA

(17)

$1,430+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
16
Carmel Pointe
69

Sacramento, CA 95823

$1,015+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

3 Units Available

Carmel Pointe

Sacramento, CA (Parkway, Parkway - South Sacramento)

(69)

$1,015+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
3 Units Available
8
Furnished Studio - Sacramento - Arden Way

Sacramento, CA 95815

$1,350+

1 Bed1 Bath

Furnished Studio - Sacramento - Arden Way

Sacramento, CA (North Sacramento)


$1,350+

1 Bed1 Bath
Willow Glen Apartments

Sacramento, CA 95823

$900+

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Willow Glen Apartments

Sacramento, CA (Parkway, Parkway - South Sacramento)


$900+

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
College Gardens

Sacramento, CA 95826

$1,125+

1-2 Beds1 Bath

College Gardens

Sacramento, CA (College Town, Southeastern Sacramento)


$1,125+

1-2 Beds1 Bath
26
The Eleven Hundred

Sacramento, CA 95825

$1,040+

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

9 Units Available

The Eleven Hundred

Sacramento, CA (Northrup)


$1,040+

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
9 Units Available
Rivercrest Apartments

Sacramento, CA 95826

$945+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Rivercrest Apartments

Sacramento, CA (College-Glen, Southeastern Sacramento)


$945+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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The Falls At Arden Apartments

Sacramento, CA 95825

$1,060+

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

6 Units Available

The Falls At Arden Apartments

Sacramento, CA (Northrup)


$1,060+

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
6 Units Available
12
Artisan Square Apartments
8

Sacramento, CA 95825

$1,165+

1-3 Beds1 Bath

5 Units Available

Artisan Square Apartments

Sacramento, CA (Arden Manor)

(8)

$1,165+

1-3 Beds1 Bath
5 Units Available
31
Windward Village Apartments
1

Sacramento, CA 95826

$1,050+

1-3 Beds1 Bath

Windward Village Apartments

Sacramento, CA (College-Glen, Southeastern Sacramento)

(1)

$1,050+

1-3 Beds1 Bath
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Sommerset
3

Vacaville, CA 95687

$1,725+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Sommerset

Vacaville, CA

(3)

$1,725+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
34
Bella Vista Apartments
6

Elk Grove, CA 95758

$1,295+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Bella Vista Apartments

Elk Grove, CA

(6)

$1,295+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths