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:
- River Park (Homes)
- Pocket (Homes)
- Curtis Park (Homes)
- Metro Center (Homes)
- Boulevard Park (Homes)
- Land Park (Homes)
- Marshall School (Homes)
- Elmhurst (Homes)
- Poverty Ridge (Homes)
- New Era Park (Homes)
Read on to see how we determined the places around Sacramento that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Sacramento.
If you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in California check out:
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How do you determine the top 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 94 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.
1. River Park
Median Income: $101,171
Median Home Value: $398,133
Median Income: $80,161
Median Home Value: $338,094
Pocket-Greenhaven is a suburban community within the city of Sacramento, California, 5 miles south of downtown Sacramento. It is bordered by Interstate 5 on the east and a semi-circular ‘pocket’ bend in the Sacramento River on the south, west, and north. The three exits into the Pocket-Greenhaven community off Interstate 5 are 43rd Avenue, Florin Road, and Pocket/Meadowview Road. Entering the area from the South on Interstate 5, travelers pass a landmark water tower with the words ‘Welcome to SACRAMENTO AMERICA’S FARM-TO-FORK CAPITAL’ painted on it, marking the southern boundary of the city of Sacramento. Pocket-Greenhaven is located in the 95831 Zip code.
More on Pocket: Real Estate | Data
3. Curtis Park
Median Income: $73,765
Median Home Value: $372,800
Curtis Park is a neighborhood located within the city of Sacramento, California. Curtis Park is defined as north of Sutterville Road, south of Broadway Ave., east of Freeport Boulevard, and west of Highway 99. Curtis Park is a largely residential neighborhood. It is known for its charming vintage homes including Victorian, Bungalow, and 1920’s revival style subdivisions. Information about the neighborhood can be obtained from the Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association.
More on Curtis Park: Real Estate | Data
4. Metro Center
Median Income: $81,506
Median Home Value: $289,400
5. Boulevard Park
Median Income: $39,842
Median Home Value: $390,025
Boulevard Park is a historic residential neighborhood located in Midtown Sacramento, California. It is also the Boulevard Park Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
More on Boulevard Park: Real Estate | Data
6. Land Park
Median Income: $71,205
Median Home Value: $370,725
Land Park is a neighborhood in the city of Sacramento. Land Park consists of mainly single-family dwellings in the area between Interstate 5 to the west, Broadway to the north, Sutterville Road to the south and Freeport Blvd to the east. William Land Park is its namesake, a major city park south of Highway 50 and east of Interstate 5 in South Sacramento. It also contains the Sacramento Zoo along with the popular children’s theme parks Funderland and Fairy Tale Town. In addition, Land Park is the home to the popular Vic’s Ice Cream,Tower Cafe, and Espresso Metropolitan. Steve Hansen is the city councilman for the entire Land Park area.
More on Land Park: Real Estate | Data
7. Marshall School
Median Income: $46,217
Median Home Value: $420,425
Median Income: $73,258
Median Home Value: $358,900
Elmhurst is a historic residential neighborhood located in the eastern part of Sacramento, California. Elmhurst is known for its large elm, ash, and oak trees that provide shady canopy for the neighborhood.
More on Elmhurst: Real Estate | Data
9. Poverty Ridge
Median Income: $52,032
Median Home Value: $301,050
10. New Era Park
Median Income: $45,824
Median Home Value: $328,567
New Era Park is a neighborhood in Sacramento, California. Its southern border is the middle of E Street, the American River is its northern border while 29th Street and 16th Street serve as eastern and western borders of the district. The majority of the area of Sutter’s Landing Park sits inside the New Era neighborhood. As of 2007, the park contains some pedestrian trails and a skateboard park inside the old recycling plant, but is for the most part unimproved. Eventually the city plans on siting a number of sports fields and multiuse spaces within the park, and will connect it to the American River bicycle and running path to the west once rights-of-way with Blue Diamond and other industrial neighbors can be worked out.
More on New Era Park: Real Estate | Data
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:
- Wills Acres
- Strawberry Manor
- Ben Ali
For more reading, check out:
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Sacramento
|10||New Era Park||2,122|
|14||South Land Park||12,877|
|19||Del Paso Park||1,271|
|27||Upper Land Park||3,637|
|32||North Oak Park||4,378|
|34||American River Parkway||1,909|
|37||Raley Industrial Park||2,453|
|42||Tahoe Park South||1,718|
|63||West Tahoe Park||2,215|
|65||West Del Paso Heights||2,240|
|69||Tahoe Park East||1,149|
|70||South Oak Park||4,556|
|71||Golf Course Terrace||3,138|
|72||Del Paso Heights||4,056|
|73||East Del Paso Heights||3,693|
|75||Valley High-North Laguna||40,469|
|81||Old North Sacramento||3,561|
|82||Rp Sports Complex||3,440|
|85||North City Farms||4,013|
|86||Pell-Main Industrial Park||1,017|
|87||Central Oak Park||5,479|
|89||Cannon Industrial Park||1,341|