The latest list of the 125 Best Places to Live in the U.S.A from U.S. News and World Report includes Sacramento for 2019. The survey uses data from the Census Bureau, the Department of Labor in conjunction with five indexes by the magazine to create the list of best places to call home. Those categories include housing afford ability, healthcare quality, job markets, and a tax index.
Sacramento is ranked number 82 among the best places to live with a score 6.3 out of 10. California's Capitol City is also ranked number 86 on the list of best places to retire with a score of 6.1 out of 10.
The publication cites as a positive Sacramento's location just a few hours from places like San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. Also noted are a "reasonable cost of living, abundant sunshine and ethnic diversity," which are attractive to young professionals and middle-class families.
Sacramento's growing economy and a healthy real estate market are seen as opportunities for people who already live in the city and also newcomers.
Sacramento is also praised for its increasingly sophisticated food scene. The city is now considered a haven for foodies due to its agricultural roots in the fertile Central Valley and influence on the farm-to-fork campaign to bring fresh local foods directly to consumers from area farms, wineries, and breweries.