These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Sacramento For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Sacramento are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Sacramento, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Sacramento neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Sacramento are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Sacramento for 2018:

  1. River Park
  2. Pocket
  3. Curtis Park
  4. Metro Center
  5. Boulevard Park
  6. Land Park
  7. Marshall School
  8. Elmhurst
  9. Poverty Ridge
  10. East Sacramento

Read on to see how we determined the places around Sacramento that deserve a little bragging rights.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in California check out the best places in California overall or the worst neighborhoods in Sacramento.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Sacramento for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Sacramento, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 95 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Sacramento.’ We’re lookin’ at you, River Park.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Sacramento has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

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1. River Park

Population: 3,332
Median Income: $101,171
Median Home Value: $398,133

2. Pocket

Population: 25,217
Median Income: $80,161
Median Home Value: $338,094

3. Curtis Park

Population: 5,395
Median Income: $73,765
Median Home Value: $372,800

4. Metro Center

Population: 1,162
Median Income: $81,506
Median Home Value: $289,400

5. Boulevard Park

Population: 3,066
Median Income: $39,842
Median Home Value: $390,025

6. Land Park

Population: 8,249
Median Income: $71,205
Median Home Value: $370,725

7. Marshall School

Population: 1,738
Median Income: $46,217
Median Home Value: $420,425

8. Elmhurst

Population: 1,588
Median Income: $73,258
Median Home Value: $358,900

9. Poverty Ridge

Population: 1,552
Median Income: $52,032
Median Home Value: $301,050

10. East Sacramento

Population: 18,890
Median Income: $77,585
Median Home Value: $406,188

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Sacramento

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Sacramento where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Sacramento:

  1. Wills Acres
  2. Strawberry Manor
  3. Ben Ali

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Sacramento

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
River Park 1 3,332 $398,133 1,812 4.6%
Pocket 2 25,217 $338,094 2,965 5.8%
Curtis Park 3 5,395 $372,800 2,682 5.2%
Metro Center 4 1,162 $289,400 3,075 2.8%
Boulevard Park 5 3,066 $390,025 2,548 4.4%
Land Park 6 8,249 $370,725 1,689 4.7%
Marshall School 7 1,738 $420,425 2,425 4.2%
Elmhurst 8 1,588 $358,900 2,640 4.7%
Poverty Ridge 9 1,552 $301,050 3,394 4.2%
East Sacramento 10 18,890 $406,188 2,099 6.4%
New Era Park 11 2,122 $328,567 3,496 4.1%
Gateway West 12 5,500 $241,320 3,910 7.4%
Little Pocket 13 1,172 $359,300 2,874 5.8%
South Land Park 14 12,877 $308,618 3,448 5.9%
Village 9 15 5,221 $280,467 3,582 6.7%
Sierra Oaks 16 1,760 $494,150 1,520 8.5%
Greenhaven 17 9,029 $291,871 3,557 8.3%
Westlake 18 1,214 $303,400 2,984 4.6%
Del Paso Park 19 1,271 $236,150 4,371 3.6%
Newton Booth 20 2,054 $305,625 3,122 5.0%
Willowcreek 21 4,443 $247,300 3,933 5.2%
Z’Berg Park 22 1,375 $267,200 3,705 3.4%
South Natomas 23 24,733 $159,900 5,156 12.3%
Midtown 24 6,502 $287,970 3,136 7.7%
Village 7 25 4,311 $275,833 3,938 7.0%
Natomas Creek 26 2,334 $260,400 4,466 5.8%
Upper Land Park 27 3,637 $261,950 4,489 10.7%
Colonial Heights 28 1,334 $191,767 4,547 11.5%
College Glen 29 7,118 $231,950 4,084 5.0%
Natomas Park 30 7,507 $245,417 3,959 6.2%
Downtown 31 4,939 $170,833 3,759 4.1%
North Oak Park 32 4,378 $207,614 4,952 10.0%
Village 2 33 2,607 $250,450 3,894 3.1%
American River Parkway 34 1,909 $151,640 5,125 16.9%
Hollywood Park 35 2,076 $243,067 4,205 6.3%
Village 12 36 3,067 $269,800 4,122 7.2%
Raley Industrial Park 37 2,453 $100,667 5,871 10.8%
Medical Center 38 1,604 $255,275 3,697 4.9%
Colonial Village 39 3,177 $110,425 5,825 10.5%
Village 11 40 5,167 $250,025 4,309 7.7%
Meadowview 41 26,437 $160,277 5,760 12.2%
Tahoe Park South 42 1,718 $186,633 3,698 8.7%
Tahoe Park 43 3,046 $227,400 3,662 7.1%
Gateway Center 44 1,763 $122,900 4,904 11.2%
Brentwood 45 2,651 $154,550 5,263 8.3%
Alkali Flat 46 1,260 $235,700 4,700 7.8%
Colonial Manor 47 3,133 $140,300 4,982 7.6%
Csus 48 2,064 $181,350 4,928 17.8%
Northgate 49 3,858 $130,150 5,454 8.8%
Robla 50 7,630 $149,933 5,367 10.9%
South East 51 5,331 $148,625 5,854 6.1%
Old Sacramento 52 1,572 $191,633 4,207 5.1%
Mansion Flats 53 1,631 $264,400 3,883 6.9%
Natomas Crossing 54 2,580 $107,250 5,246 9.2%
Richmond Grove 55 1,302 $270,900 4,184 7.2%
Mangan Park 56 1,206 $177,400 4,741 9.3%
Glenwood Meadows 57 4,404 $136,150 5,720 7.5%
Southside Park 58 1,588 $175,240 5,040 10.8%
Carelton Tract 59 1,247 $218,533 4,703 7.9%
Tallac Village 60 2,088 $163,667 5,507 9.6%
Fruitridge Manor 61 5,199 $121,900 5,922 13.0%
Campus Commons 62 2,411 $166,200 4,390 6.1%
West Del Paso Heights 63 2,240 $131,800 5,985 2.7%
West Tahoe Park 64 2,215 $233,400 4,688 5.3%
River Gardens 65 1,652 $148,500 5,512 16.8%
Avondale 66 4,497 $166,267 5,846 9.5%
Lawrence Park 67 1,607 $105,267 5,954 11.5%
Gardenland 68 3,200 $135,067 5,889 12.3%
Tahoe Park East 69 1,149 $195,800 3,987 8.0%
South Oak Park 70 4,556 $99,075 6,081 11.7%
Golf Course Terrace 71 3,138 $162,625 5,324 7.1%
East Del Paso Heights 72 3,693 $102,450 6,081 10.1%
Richardson Village 73 2,046 $77,300 6,081 18.6%
Del Paso Heights 74 4,056 $112,700 6,081 13.6%
Valley High-North Laguna 75 40,469 $156,081 5,510 9.9%
Freeport Manor 76 1,215 $90,000 6,081 11.9%
Creekside 78 4,193 $94,960 4,960 7.7%
Airport 79 2,445 $135,400 5,604 7.8%
Woodbine 80 2,546 $140,900 6,057 6.9%
Parkway 81 18,771 $120,158 5,849 9.9%
Old North Sacramento 82 3,561 $119,020 6,081 13.9%
Rp Sports Complex 83 3,440 $71,467 4,963 8.8%
Glen Elder 84 2,517 $142,500 5,855 8.5%
Noralto 85 3,546 $89,800 6,081 15.7%
North City Farms 86 4,013 $155,983 5,444 9.1%
Pell-Main Industrial Park 87 1,017 $117,600 5,880 6.2%
Central Oak Park 88 5,479 $121,933 6,032 9.6%
Swanston Estates 89 1,854 $84,767 5,816 17.2%
Cannon Industrial Park 90 1,341 $103,167 6,020 12.5%
Hagginwood 91 5,220 $114,260 6,036 9.3%
South Hagginwood 92 5,087 $122,367 6,081 9.7%
Ben Ali 93 1,378 $43,050 6,081 22.9%
Strawberry Manor 94 2,251 $129,000 6,081 8.7%
Wills Acres 95 1,253 $87,800 6,081 8.1%

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