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Sacramento Area Facts

Sacramento is located 90 miles northeast of San Francisco, 383 miles north of Los Angeles, and 100 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe at an elevation of 17 feet. The city enjoys the beauty and recreation provided by both the Sacramento and American rivers, and it is flanked on the east by rolling foothills.

The city's rich historical heritage, commitment to quality of life, and abundance of trees and parkland contributed to Newsweek magazine naming Sacramento one of the ten best cities in the United States.

470,000 in the city and nearly 1.9 million in the metropolitan area, which consists of Sacramento county and parts of Yolo, Placer and El Dorado counties.

Mediterranean. Sacramento enjoys mild year-round temperatures. Summers are dry with little humidity and an abundance of sunshine. Be prepared for cool, sometimes rainy days in December, January

and February.

Average Annual Rainfall:


Average Temperature in June:

Low 55.5° F / High 87.4° F

Average Temperature in December: Low 37.7° F / High 53.9° F

The city is easily accessible from all directions. Interstate 80 and US Highway 50 run east/west; Interstate 5 and US Highway 99 run north/south.

Light rail and bus service links the downtown areas to outlying communities. Commuter trains also carry passengers on daily roundtrips to the Bay Area.

Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is served by all major airlines with direct flights from Europe offered by several. Nonstop service from Sacramento to the east coast has been added by several carriers.

Sacramento's wide variety of neighborhoods offers elegant, older and luxurious homes as well as newer and affordable housing.

Land Park south of the Capitol, for example, is an older neighborhood with shady, tree-lined streets. Midtown is undergoing a resurgence of shops, homes and night life. The Pocket area offers family living along the Sacramento River with easy access to the downtown area.

In a city bound by two rivers, water recreation tops the list for outdoor activities: salmon and steelhead fishing, river rafting and boating can all be enjoyed on the over 1,000 miles of waterways around Sacramento and the Delta. Nearby Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma offer sailing and windsurfing.

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