THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Sacramento For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Sacramento.
Best Neighborhoods In Sacramento

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. So, if you're thinking of moving to California and Sacramento is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Sacramento for 2020? According to the most recent census data, River Park looks to be the best Sacramento neighborhood to live in.

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.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Sacramento

Population: 3,282
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $433,267 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $100,793 (Fourth best)
More on River Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Pocket Sacramento, CA

Source: Public domain

Population: 25,569
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $370,425 (12th best)
Median Income: $82,751 (12th best)
More on Pocket: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Population: 5,170
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 12)
Median Home Value: $329,467 (21st best)
Median Income: $80,029 (13th best)
More on Village 9: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 19,319
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $442,192 (Third best)
Median Income: $92,923 (Fifth best)
More on East Sacramento: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 4,404
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 14)
Median Home Value: $303,200 (28th best)
Median Income: $70,602 (20th best)
More on Willowcreek: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,289
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 10)
Median Home Value: $432,900 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $103,309 (First best)
More on Westlake: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 7,990
Rank Last Year: 27 (Up 20)
Median Home Value: $285,950 (35th best)
Median Income: $91,312 (Sixth best)
More on Natomas Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 13,331
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $335,655 (17th best)
Median Income: $65,685 (26th best)
More on South Land Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,075
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $348,500 (15th best)
Median Income: $56,568 (35th best)
More on New Era Park: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Population: 1,680
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $332,100 (20th best)
Median Income: $74,005 (18th best)
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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.

How We Determined The Best Sacramento, CA Neighborhoods In 2020

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 then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 113 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, California has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Sacramento

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

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Sacramento aren't all good. Village 5 takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Sacramento.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Sacramento For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 River Park 3,282 $433,267 $100,793
2 Pocket 25,569 $370,425 $82,751
3 Village 9 5,170 $329,467 $80,029
4 East Sacramento 19,319 $442,192 $92,923
5 Willowcreek 4,404 $303,200 $70,602
6 Westlake 1,289 $432,900 $103,309
7 Natomas Park 7,990 $285,950 $91,312
8 South Land Park 13,331 $335,655 $65,685
9 New Era Park 2,075 $348,500 $56,568
10 Elmhurst 1,680 $332,100 $74,005
11 Little Pocket 1,136 $396,100 $61,875
12 Curtis Park 5,168 $426,425 $78,658
13 Land Park 8,312 $456,717 $88,895
14 Greenhaven 8,820 $304,529 $61,923
15 Village 12 3,293 $312,260 $85,987
16 Scc 349 $350,000 $68,250
17 Village 11 5,194 $289,950 $85,226
18 Sierra Oaks 1,929 $334,000 $67,327
19 South East 5,004 $166,400 $43,022
20 Village 7 4,113 $327,567 $89,277
21 Colonial Manor 4,295 $163,167 $51,015
22 Newton Booth 2,180 $364,450 $57,274
23 Tahoe Park 3,074 $235,580 $63,342
24 Z'berg Park 1,444 $302,000 $51,118
25 Boulevard Park 2,773 $478,825 $45,688
26 Medical Center 1,683 $280,750 $51,407
27 Downtown 5,111 $290,400 $36,805
28 Natomas Creek 2,512 $281,400 $83,958
29 Valleyview Acres 177 $383,800 $101,667
30 College Glen 6,580 $287,250 $69,089
31 Northgate 3,726 $158,950 $53,106
32 Hollywood Park 1,819 $271,800 $49,814
33 Gateway West 6,226 $273,200 $76,859
34 Johnson Business Park 166 $292,100 $79,527
35 Village 2 3,083 $152,750 $66,646
36 Glenwood Meadows 3,707 $148,550 $52,486
37 West Tahoe Park 2,171 $213,200 $37,321
38 Carelton Tract 1,402 $255,700 $40,253
39 Colonial Village 3,286 $138,275 $46,160
40 Tahoe Park East 999 $223,650 $64,384
41 South Natomas 26,178 $190,531 $55,351
42 Brentwood 2,342 $186,900 $39,834
43 Village 14 257 $383,800 $101,667
44 Marshall School 1,789 $439,500 $39,124
45 Freeport Manor 1,117 $200,900 $47,598
46 Valley High-North Laguna 42,988 $190,876 $52,506
47 Metro Center 810 $316,200 $79,219
48 Gateway Center 2,004 $153,900 $58,582
49 Poverty Ridge 1,662 $346,750 $50,354
50 Tallac Village 2,058 $210,533 $44,926
51 Mansion Flats 1,640 $305,667 $39,181
52 Norwood I-80 434 $132,600 $40,603
53 Mangan Park 1,282 $201,550 $44,536
54 Creekside 4,278 $142,020 $71,113
55 Old Sacramento 1,436 $218,967 $55,036
56 Tahoe Park South 1,669 $225,033 $50,030
57 Richardson Village 2,032 $104,500 $45,091
58 Campus Commons 2,526 $175,775 $47,068
59 Meadowview 26,703 $180,454 $40,428
60 Fairgrounds 671 $304,200 $13,846
61 Colonial Heights 1,544 $229,533 $51,909
62 Midtown 6,443 $288,880 $36,227
63 Woodbine 3,098 $166,000 $28,352
64 Lawrence Park 1,858 $135,133 $39,603
65 Glen Elder 2,867 $150,400 $34,232
66 Robla 6,966 $181,533 $53,471
67 North Oak Park 4,037 $231,729 $37,825
68 Upper Land Park 3,917 $271,475 $43,300
69 Golf Course Terrace 3,271 $184,800 $59,079
70 Parkway 18,817 $138,067 $40,600
71 Del Paso Park 1,232 $259,400 $56,339
72 Pell-Main Industrial Park 1,500 $118,800 $42,531
73 Central Oak Park 5,387 $154,117 $29,144
74 Raley Industrial Park 2,500 $146,333 $48,484
75 Richmond Grove 1,399 $401,800 $31,624
76 West Del Paso Heights 2,105 $139,750 $37,989
77 Southside Park 1,695 $334,580 $42,225
78 Avondale 4,394 $189,700 $29,334
79 Csus 2,029 $182,150 $34,534
80 Erikson Industrial Park 644 $241,350 $50,356
81 Del Paso Heights 4,644 $133,500 $25,900
82 North City Farms 4,216 $180,217 $39,123
83 Rp Sports Complex 3,130 $142,900 $66,831
84 Strawberry Manor 2,662 $131,700 $30,982
85 Arden Fair 569 $164,400 $59,423
86 River Gardens 1,602 $129,667 $53,245
87 East Del Paso Heights 4,183 $128,575 $35,487
88 American River Parkway 1,938 $91,120 $48,352
89 North Pointe 477 $169,200 $49,375
90 Woodlake 1,201 $146,050 $53,023
91 Hagginwood 6,024 $150,440 $35,046
92 Swanston Estates 1,857 $153,600 $42,650
93 Fruitridge Manor 5,258 $113,500 $32,624
94 South City Farms 905 $151,300 $30,595
95 Airport 2,740 $142,900 $43,839
96 Johnson Heights 668 $155,800 $33,750
97 Natomas Crossing 2,897 $136,100 $37,451
98 South Oak Park 4,202 $116,725 $28,063
99 Noralto 3,224 $75,550 $36,905
100 Florin Fruitridge Industrial Park 176 $47,900 $38,229
101 Packard Bell 157 $47,900 $38,229
102 Gardenland 3,078 $115,867 $38,578
103 Oak Knoll 688 $155,800 $33,750
104 Cannon Industrial Park 1,314 $131,067 $30,566
105 Norwood Tech 325 $155,800 $33,750
106 South Hagginwood 4,864 $93,583 $31,452
107 Old North Sacramento 3,865 $72,080 $21,441
108 Wills Acres 1,025 $114,700 $22,946
109 Granite Regional Park 114 $32,800 $30,665
110 Village Green 205 $35,500 $40,147
111 Ben Ali 992 $154,500 $19,558
112 Parker Homes 243 $66,650 $37,078
113 Village 5 504 $81,250 $40,180

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.