Sacramento, the United States
Last updated on Sep 17, 2022
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Sacramento, United States: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Sacramento?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Sacramento, they said:
"If you are a young person in his/her 20s I would not recommend it. We do have a club scene yes, but it dies around 12am. That and most clubs/bars can be dangerous at times due to gangs coming in and starting trouble. Sacramento is perfect for someone in their later adult years to live and work. However, if you are planning on moving here bring plenty money with you, and try to find a place before coming, which isn't difficult, apartment complexes are always renting," remarked another in Sacramento.
How do I meet people in Sacramento?
When we asked people living in Sacramento about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:
"I would recommend the bars and clubs here in Sacramento. They are mostly located in the downtown area. Some good clubs to visit are Blue Q and Empire. For bars we have plenty of them, some good ones are Sandbar,Pine Cove,Firehouse,Players,for the youngfolks that attend Sac State Univ. you can check out the Library, and you can also go down to the river Old Sacramento area for the riverside dining bars that are available. If you are into music we have a growing underground music community in hip-hop and rock. Finding out about shows is easy mainly because you can flyers for shows posted in every coffee shop and street corner. A good venue for music to check out is the Boardwalk. If clubbing and music isn't your thing we have 2 rivers and a lake within the Sacramento area. One can do everything from boating,swimming,fishing,mountain biking to jogging. There are plenty of outdoor activities to do," remarked another in Sacramento.
Where should I setup a bank account in Sacramento?
We asked expats in Sacramento what banks they use and there advice about banking. They advised:
"No, I first got a Bank of America account which annoyed me so much with their lack of customer services (and charging for them too!) that I looked elsewhere and got an account with a local credit union who turned out to be very friendly and flexible and give great personal service. I use them for my Bank account, HELOC and car loan. It's worth trying to find a local Credit Union (they have simple qualification rules, such as must live in a specific area or be employed by a specific employer or industry type," said another expat in Sacramento.
Will I be able to find a job in Sacramento?If you live in Sacramento, newcomers to Sacramento would love to hear your answer to this question.
When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Sacramento, they reponded:
"Sacramento is the capital of California, so there are many opportunities for State service, and most people here make their livings working in various state departments. However Sacramento has a broad job market with various jobs from health care,manual labor,engineering,IT, and customer service. Most people find jobs here via the state personnel board http://spb.ca.gov or for non-state service jobs we have various employment journals and staffing agencies to work with," explained one expat living in Sacramento.
What is life like in Sacramento?
When we asked people living in Sacramento what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:
"People's lives revolve mostly around working all day to pay the bills, then coming home and socializing. Family isn't really a big priority here mainly because most families here are dysfunctional or broken," explained one expat.
Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Sacramento accepting of differences?
"Sacramento is probably one of the most diverse cities in North America next to LA and Toronto. Religiously people will accept you, but non-religious ideologies are growing here. Culturally it is both segregated and inter-mized depending on where you go. The inner city area you will tend to find predominantley Black,Mexican,or South East Asian neighborhoods. However, the farther you go out the neighborhoods become more diverse. People here tend to be ignorant toward other races/ethnicities, you will one time or another run into some racial prejudices, but not all the time. Economically we are like most of the country suffering from the mortgage crisis, however housing costs are at a low for the time being, so if shouldnt be hard to find a house under $200,000 right now," remarked another in Sacramento.
About the Author
Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.
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- What is the average cost of housing in Sacramento?
- How do I meet people in Sacramento?
- What should I pack when moving to Sacramento?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Sacramento?
- Will I be able to find a job in Sacramento?
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- What do people like (and dislike) about Sacramento?
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