These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Sacramento, CA 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 (Homes)
  2. Pocket (Homes)
  3. Curtis Park (Homes)
  4. Metro Center (Homes)
  5. Boulevard Park (Homes)
  6. Land Park (Homes)
  7. Marshall School (Homes)
  8. Elmhurst (Homes)
  9. Poverty Ridge (Homes)
  10. 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.

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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

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

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2. Pocket

Pocket Sacramento, CA

Source: Public domain

Population: 25,217
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.
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3. Curtis Park

Population: 5,395
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.
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4. Metro Center

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

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5. Boulevard Park

Population: 3,066
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.
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6. Land Park

Land Park Sacramento, CA

Population: 8,249
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.
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7. Marshall School

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

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8. Elmhurst

Population: 1,588
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.
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9. Poverty Ridge

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

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10. New Era Park

Population: 2,122
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.
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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

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

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