Located in the central portion of Northern California, California's capitol city of Sacramento is a land of opportunity and growth. This bustling city is home to more than 1.4 million people who are drawn to Sacramento from all around the world. Its busy downtown business center is surrounded by charming residential neighborhoods that are generally grouped into four areas: Central Eastern, Southwestern, Southeastern, and North of the American River. If you're looking to live in an affordable city full of history and is only a drive away from that legendary California beauty, Sacramento may just be the home you're looking for.
While the cost of rent in Sacramento is typically more expensive than the national average, but if you compare costs with other major cities in California, living in Sacramento is actually quite affordable. Apartments in Sacramento's outer suburbs start out as low as $600 a month for a one bedroom or studio apartment. Downtown Sacramento apartments and lofts start out around $1000 for a studio, but to live in the heart of a big city and to only pay that much in rent is pretty uncommon...especially in California. No matter what you budget there is a portion of Sacramento that will fit you needs.
In recent years, Sacramento has developed a bike-friendly reputation. In fact, it earned the No. 10 spot on Shape Magazine's Top 10 Fittest Cities in America in part because of the number of commuters who use two-wheeled transportation. Not only is biking a convenient way to get around, the city's central location also puts you within easy driving distance of San Francisco, the Pacific Coast, and the ski slopes of Lake Tahoe.
For those that don't want to go from their apartments far for fun, there's always something to do in Sacramento. From culture, to sports, the arts to recreation, the city boasts its share of cultural venues and outdoor entertainment. Plus you can check out Old Sacramento located along the Sacramento Riverfront. This historic neighborhood blends the city's colorful history with trendy retailers, dining and entertainment.