These Are The 10 Best Sacramento Suburbs For 2019

We analyzed over 15 places around Sacramento to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Sacramento suburbs.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Sacramento are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

If you happen to be a resident of Folsom, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Sacramento ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Sacramento for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Sacramento was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2013-2017) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Sacramento.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 6,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 15 suburbs to evaluate around Sacramento.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 15 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Sacramento.” We’re lookin’ at you, Folsom.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Folsom, CA

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Population: 75,897
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $106,718
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
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Folsom is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Sacramento area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Folsom.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $106,718 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Sacramento region. And only 4.6% are out of work. Homes average more than $456,600 each.

Rocklin, CA

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Population: 61,697
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $91,995
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.0%
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Rocklin is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Sacramento for 2019.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 5.7% of residents lack insurance, good for 5th best.

Davis, CA

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Population: 67,500
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $63,071
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Poverty Rate: 29.1%
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Here in Davis, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Sacramento metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Davis.

Roseville, CA

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Population: 130,705
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $81,119
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Poverty Rate: 8.9%
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Roseville ranks as the 4th best suburb of Sacramento for 2019.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Roseville and the schools are some of the best around.

Lincoln, CA

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Population: 46,404
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $78,647
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Poverty Rate: 6.9%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Lincoln.

Lincoln gets kudos for having the 4th most expensive homes in the Sacramento area, where houses sell for an average of $389,900. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Elk Grove, CA

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Population: 166,228
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $85,556
Unemployment Rate: 7.5%
Poverty Rate: 9.0%
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Elk Grove is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 7.5% which is 9th best in the area.

According to online reports, Elk Grove is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Sacramento area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Loomis, CA

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Population: 6,727
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $75,691
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Loomis.

Loomis schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 22.3 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Rio Vista, CA

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Population: 8,350
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $65,797
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
Poverty Rate: 9.0%
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Rio Vista is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 6.0% of people lack insurance, good for 7th in the area.

Winters, CA

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Population: 7,059
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Income: $81,586
Unemployment Rate: 8.8%
Poverty Rate: 8.0%
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Is ‘Everything Better In Winters?’


It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Citrus Heights, CA

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Population: 86,618
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Income: $54,373
Unemployment Rate: 8.1%
Poverty Rate: 13.2%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Citrus Heights.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Sacramento ‘Burbs of 2019

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Sacramento, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Sacramento Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Folsom 75,897 $106,718
2 Rocklin 61,697 $91,995
3 Davis 67,500 $63,071
4 Roseville 130,705 $81,119
5 Lincoln 46,404 $78,647
6 Elk Grove 166,228 $85,556
7 Loomis 6,727 $75,691
8 Rio Vista 8,350 $65,797
9 Winters 7,059 $81,586
10 Citrus Heights 86,618 $54,373
11 Woodland 58,324 $60,446
12 Galt 25,222 $68,908
13 West Sacramento 52,206 $59,586
14 Dixon 19,488 $73,047
15 Rancho Cordova 70,785 $57,965

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.

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