Count Sacramento In
By Andrea Todd
Posted on October 19, 2006
The median value of Sacramento homes is $204,230, as
compared to the national median home value of $155,829, according to statistics for the city of Sacramento.
50.1 percent of Sacramento city residents are homeowners.
We’re Haves and Have Nots
Of the 40 largest metropolitan areas in the United States, Sacramento has the 28th largest income gap between the bottom fifth and top fifth of income earners in the United States, with the average annual income of the bottom fifth at $8,285 and the average top fifth of households at $117,078.
Things Are Getting Crowded
The city of Sacramento’s population was reported as 407,018 in the 2000 U.S. Census.
51.4 percent of those residents are women; 48.3 percent are white.
There are 4,189.2 persons per square mile occupying the city of Sacramento.
We’re MeanSacramento ranks 11th on the list of “Meanest Cities for the Homeless,” says the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
According to a survey conducted by the California State Automobile Association, the Capital City Freeway
takes first place as the Sacramento region’s “rudest” highway. Interstate 80 from Davis to Roseville was second, followed by Highway 99 from Elk Grove to Marysville.
77.3 percent of Sacramentans are high school graduates, 23.9 percent are college graduates (bachelor’s degree or beyond).
According to the Progressive Review, a public policy research center, Sacramento is the
41st most educated city
in the United States.
Our Teenagers Are Advanced
Since it has been published annually, Newsweek’s “Top U.S. High Schools” consistently ranks area high schools in the top 500 for advanced placement programs: Rio Americano High School (ranked 343), Davis Senior High School (ranked 376), and this year, Mira Loma High School (ranked 212).
We Love Our Animal Companions
When the Purina Pet Institute convened for its Healthy Pets 21 Consortium (a think tank of leaders in the pet health and welfare community) to list the top 50 “Pet Healthiest Cities” (with superior care, services and legislation for pets), Sacramento ranked 15th.
And We’re Dog People
According to the Sacramento Dog Owners Group, Sacramento County is home to about 250,000 dogs in 150,000 dog-owning households, averaging about two dogs per household.
According to Men’s Fitness magazine, Sacramento is the 10th fittest city in the country.
On another list compiled by Health Network, with data from the Centers for Disease Control, Sacramento ranks 36th as a generally “well” city.
According to Wyeth Consumer Healthcare, Sacramento is the seventh healthiestcity in the United States, as defined by health care resources and lifestyle options/attitudes.
According to Old Spice’s list of the top 50 sweatiest cities inAmerica, Sacramento ranks 21st, sandwiched betweenWashington, D.C. (20th) and Norfolk, Va. (22nd).
Biggest Entertainment Draws
According to the Sacramento Convention Center,
in 2003 and 2004:
79,982 people attended events such as the Greek Food Festival, the All-American Tattoo Festival and the Sixth Annual Reptile Show.
57,277 people saw rock concerts featuring everyone from Neil Young and Crazy Horse to Josh Groban; acts included The Whispers, Ani DiFranco, Kenny Rogers and Godsmack.
282,037 people enjoyed arts performances presented by The Sacramento Ballet, the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sacramento Opera Association, the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento and the touring Brigham Young University International Folk Dance Ensemble.
43,819 people enjoyed tradeshows such as the Millionaire Media Opportunity Expo, the California Nail Festival and the California International Marathon Sports and Fitness Expo.
We’ve Got Some Problems
According to a 2002 study by the Institute for Social Research
at California State University, Sacramento, traffic is seen as a
big problem by 73 percent of city residents.
Other big problems on the list: affordable housing (47 percent believe it is a big problem), pollution (43 percent feel it’s a big problem), affordable health care (42 percent report concern) and urban sprawl or growth (39 percent say this is a big problem).
Blacks make up 15.5 percent of Sacramento’s population, compared to 6.7 percent of the state’s population. Asians make up 16.6 percent of our city’s population and 10.9 percent of California’s population.
The city of Sacramento’s Native American population was reported at 1.3 percent, compared to the state’s Native American population of 1 percent.
20.3 percent of Sacramentans have “foreign-born parents.”
Sacramento is one of the nation’s top radio markets: By the late ‘90s, Sacramento had become a “top 15 market.” While the radio market was estimated at about 1.7 million in 2005, the number of people who come in contact with Sacramento radio broadcasts is “well into the millions,” according to Arbitron.
Sacramento tied for 15th place with Detroit, St.Paul, Minn.,
San Jose and San Bernadino for cities having the worse traffic in the country.
According to a report released by the Texas Transportation Institute of Texas A&M, Sacramentans spend 34 hours a year in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Some good news: 25 percent of Sacramento County residents—about 200,000 of us—take public transit, bike or walk daily.
Sacramento is the 10th most
expensive place in
the country to maintain a vehicle. It costs the average driver 5.01 cents per mile (cost per mile maintenance costs based on a typical intermediate-sized vehicle).
The city of Sacramento’s unemployment rate is 3.9 percent, compared to a national average of 4.04 percent.
34.2 percent of the city’s businesses are minority-owned; 32.4 percent are women-owned.
We’re a Runner’s Paradise
Runner’s World magazine ranked Sacramento as the fourth friendliest running city in the country, with the California International Marathon, held here annually, ranking as one of the 10 best marathons in the United States.