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Sacramento, California
City of Sacramento
Flag
Seal
Nickname(s): 
Motto(s): 
Latin: Urbs Indomita
(English: "Indomitable City")
Location within Sacramento County in California
Sacramento
Location within the United States
Sacramento
Sacramento (the United States)
Sacramento
Sacramento (North America)
Coordinates: 38°34′54″N 121°29′40″W / 38.58167°N 121.49444°W / 38.58167; -121.49444Coordinates: 38°34′54″N 121°29′40″W / 38.58167°N 121.49444°W / 38.58167; -121.49444
CountryUnited States
StateCalifornia
CountySacramento
RegionSacramento Valley
CSASacramento-Roseville
MSASacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade
IncorporatedFebruary 27, 1850[1]
Chartered1920[2]
Named forSacrament of the Holy Eucharist
Government
 • TypeCity Council[3]
 • BodySacramento City Council
 • MayorDarrell Steinberg (D[4])
 • City Council[4]
Council Members
  • Angelique Ashby
  • Sean Loloee
  • Jeff Harris
  • Katie Valenzuela
  • Jay Schenirer
  • Eric Guerra
  • Rick Jennings II
  • Mai Vang
Area
 • City99.77 sq mi (258.41 km2)
 • Land97.68 sq mi (253.00 km2)
 • Water2.09 sq mi (5.41 km2)  2.19%
Elevation30 ft (9 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • City466,488
 • Estimate 
(2019)[7]
513,624
 • Rank1st in Sacramento County
6th in California
36th in the United States
 • Density5,258.02/sq mi (2,030.13/km2)
 • Urban1,723,634
 • Metro2,500,000
 • CSA2,414,783
Demonym(s)Sacramentan
Time zoneUTC−8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
942xx, 958xx
Area code916 and 279
Interstates [11]
U.S. routes [11]
State highways [11]
Websitecityofsacramento.org

Sacramento (/ˌsækrəˈmɛnt/ SAK-rə-MEN-toh; Spanish: [sakɾaˈmento], Spanish for ''sacrament'') is the capital city of the U.S. state of California and the seat and largest city of Sacramento County. Located at the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers in Northern California's Sacramento Valley, Sacramento's estimated 2019 population of 513,625 makes it the sixth-largest city in California and the ninth-largest capital in the United States.[12][13] Sacramento is the seat of the California Legislature and the Governor of California, making it the state's political center and a hub for lobbying and think tanks. Sacramento is also the cultural and economic core of the Sacramento metropolitan area, which at the 2010 census had a population of 2,414,783,[10] making it the fifth-largest in California.[14]

Before the arrival of the Spanish, the area was inhabited by the Nisenan, Maidu and other indigenous peoples of California. Spanish cavalryman Gabriel Moraga surveyed and named the Río del Santísimo Sacramento (Sacramento River) in 1808, after the Blessed Sacrament, referring to the Eucharist in the Catholic Church. In 1839, Juan Bautista Alvarado, Mexican governor of Alta California, granted the responsibility of colonizing the Sacramento Valley to Swiss-born Mexican citizen John Augustus Sutter, who subsequently established Sutter's Fort and the settlement at the Rancho Nueva Helvetia. Following the American Conquest of California and the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, the waterfront developed by Sutter began to be developed, and incorporated in 1850 as the City of Sacramento.

Sacramento is the fastest-growing major city in California,[15] owing to its status as a notable financial center on the West Coast and as a major educational hub, home of California State University, Sacramento and University of California, Davis. Similarly, Sacramento is a major center for the California healthcare industry, as the seat of Sutter Health, the world-renowned UC Davis Medical Center, and the UC Davis School of Medicine, and notable tourist destination in California, as the site of the California Museum, the Crocker Art Museum, the California State Railroad Museum, the California Hall of Fame, the California State Capitol Museum, and the Old Sacramento State Historic Park. Sacramento International Airport, located northwest of the city, is the city's major airport. Sacramento is known for its evolving contemporary culture, dubbed the most "hipster city" in California.[16][17] In 2002, the Harvard University Civil Rights Project conducted for Time magazine named Sacramento "America's Most Diverse City".[18]

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History

Historical affiliations

Pre-Columbian period

Nisenan (Southern Maidu), Modoc, and Plains Miwok Native Americans lived in the area for perhaps thousands of years. Unlike the settlers who would eventually make Sacramento their home, these Native Americans left little evidence of their existence. Their diet was dominated by acorns taken from the plentiful oak trees in the region and by fruits, bulbs, seeds, and roots gathered throughout the year.

Spanish period

Sacramento is named after the Sacramento River, which got its name from Gabriel Moraga in 1808.

In 1808, the Spanish explorer Gabriel Moraga encountered and named the Sacramento Valley and the Sacramento River. A Spanish writer with the Moraga expedition wrote: "Canopies of oaks and cottonwoods, many festooned with grapevines, overhung both sides of the blue current. Birds chattered in the trees and big fish darted through the pellucid depths. The air was like champagne, and (the Spaniards) drank deep of it, drank in the beauty around them. "¡Es como el sagrado sacramento! (It's like the Blessed Sacrament.)"[19] The valley and the river were then christened after the "Most Holy Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ," referring to the Catholic sacrament of the Eucharist.

Mexican period

Sutter's Fort was founded in 1840 by John Augustus Sutter during the period of Mexican California.

John Sutter, Sr. first arrived in the area on August 13, 1839, at the divergence of the American and Sacramento Rivers with a Mexican land grant of 50,000 acres (20,000 ha). The next year, his party and he established Sutter's Fort, a massive adobe structure with walls 18 feet (5.5 m) high and three feet (0.91 m) thick.[20]

Representing Mexico, Sutter Sr. called his colony New Helvetia, a Swiss-inspired name, and was the political authority and dispenser of justice in the new settlement. Soon, the colony began to grow as more and more pioneers headed west. Within just a few short years, Sutter Sr. had become a grand success, owning a 10-acre (4.0 ha) orchard and a herd of 13,000 cattle. Fort Sutter became a regular stop for the increasing number of immigrants coming through the valley. In 1847, Sutter Sr. received 2,000 fruit trees, which started the agriculture industry in the Sacramento Valley. Later that year, Sutter Sr. hired James Marshall to build a sawmill so he could continue to expand his empire,[20] but unbeknownst to many, Sutter Sr.'s "empire" had been built on thin margins of credit.[21]

American period

Sacramento in 1849, when the city was an economic center of the California Gold Rush

In 1848, when James W. Marshall discovered gold at Sutter's Mill in Coloma (some 50 mi or 80.5 km northeast of the fort), a large number of gold-seekers came to the area, increasing the population. In August 1848, Sutter Sr.'s son, John Sutter Jr., arrived in the area to assist his father in relieving his indebtedness. Now compounding the problem of his father's indebtedness, was the additional strain placed on the Sutters by the ongoing arrival of thousands of new gold miners and prospectors in the area, many quite content to squat on unwatched portions of the vast Sutter lands, or to abscond with various unattended Sutter properties or belongings if they could. In Sutter's case, rather than being a 'boon' for Sutter, his employee's discovery of gold in the area turned out to be more of a personal 'bane' for him.

By December 1848, John Sutter Jr., in association with Sam Brannan, began laying out the City of Sacramento, 2 miles (3.2 km) south of his father's settlement of New Helvetia. This venture was undertaken against the wishes of Sutter Sr., but the father, being deeply in debt, was in no position to stop the venture. For commercial reasons, the new city was named "Sacramento City" after the Sacramento River. Sutter Jr. and Brannon hired topographical engineer William H. Warner to draft the official layout of the city, which included 26 lettered and 31 numbered streets (today's grid from C St. to Broadway and from Front St. to Alhambra Blvd.). Unfortunately, a certain bitterness grew between the elder Sutter and his son as Sacramento became an overnight commercial success (Sutter's Fort, Mill, and the town of Sutterville, all founded by John Sutter Sr., would eventually fail).

The citizens of Sacramento adopted a city charter in 1849, which was recognized by the state legislature in 1850. Sacramento is the oldest incorporated city in California, incorporated on February 27, 1850.[22] During the early 1850s, the Sacramento valley was devastated by floods, fires and cholera epidemics. Despite this, because of its position just downstream from the Mother Lode in the Sierra Nevada, the new city grew, quickly reaching a population of 10,000.

Old Sacramento is the settlement that grew out of Sutter's Fort.

The California State Legislature, with the support of Governor John Bigler, moved to Sacramento in 1854. The capital of California under Spanish (and, subsequently, Mexican) rule had been Monterey, where, in 1849, the first Constitutional Convention and state elections were held. The convention decided San Jose would be the new state's capital. After 1850, when California's statehood was ratified, the legislature met in San Jose until 1851, Vallejo in 1852, and Benicia in 1853, before moving to Sacramento. In the Sacramento Constitutional Convention of 1879, Sacramento was named to be the permanent state capital.

Begun in 1860 to be reminiscent of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., the Classical Revival style California State Capitol was completed in 1874. In 1861, the legislative session was moved to the Merchants Exchange Building in San Francisco for one session because of massive flooding in Sacramento. The legislative chambers were first occupied in 1869 while construction continued. From 1862 to 1868, part of the Leland Stanford Mansion was used for the governor's offices during Stanford's tenure as the Governor; and the legislature met in the Sacramento County Courthouse.

With its new status and strategic location, Sacramento quickly prospered and became the western end of the Pony Express. Later it became a terminus of the First Transcontinental Railroad, which began construction in Sacramento in 1863 and was financed by "The Big Four"—Mark Hopkins, Charles Crocker, Collis P. Huntington, and Leland Stanford. Both the American and especially Sacramento rivers would be key elements in the economic success of the city. In fact, Sacramento effectively controlled commerce on these rivers, and public works projects were funded through taxes levied on goods unloaded from boats and loaded onto rail cars in the historic Sacramento Rail Yards.

In 1850 and again in 1861, Sacramento citizens were faced with a completely flooded town. In 1861, Governor Leland Stanford, who was inaugurated in early January 1861, had to attend his inauguration in a rowboat, which was not too far from his house in town on N Street. The flood waters were so bad, the legend says, that when he returned to his house, he had to enter into it through the second floor window. From 1862 until the mid-1870s Sacramento raised the level of its downtown by building reinforced brick walls on its downtown streets, and filling the resulting street walls with dirt. Thus the previous first floors of buildings became the basements, with open space between the street and the building, previously the sidewalk, now at the basement level. Over the years, many of these underground spaces have been filled or destroyed by subsequent development. However, it is still possible to view portions of the "Sacramento Underground".

During the 1850s the city was consolidated with the County of Sacramento.[23]

Modern era

Tower Bridge, which connects Sacramento to West Sacramento, was built in 1935 and is a California Historical Landmark.

The city's current charter was adopted by voters in 1920.[24] As a charter city, Sacramento is exempt from many laws and regulations passed by the state legislature. The city has expanded continuously over the years. The 1964 merger of the City of North Sacramento with Sacramento substantially increased its population, and large annexations of the Natomas area eventually led to significant population growth throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.

Sacramento County (along with a portion of adjacent Placer County) is served by a customer-owned electric utility, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). Sacramento voters approved the creation of SMUD in 1923.[25] In April 1946, after 12 years of litigation, a judge ordered Pacific Gas & Electric to transfer title of Sacramento's electric distribution system to SMUD. Today SMUD is the sixth-largest public electric utility in the U.S., and is a leader for innovative programs and services, including the development of clean fuel resources, such as solar power.[26]

The Elks Tower was built in 1926 in an Italianate style.

The year following the creation of SMUD, 1924, brought several events in Sacramento: Standard Oil executive Verne McGeorge established McGeorge School of Law, American department store Weinstock & Lubin opened a new store at 12th and K street, the US$2 million Senator Hotel was opened, Sacramento's drinking water became filtered and treated drinking water, and Sacramento boxer Georgie Lee fought Francisco Guilledo, a Filipino professional boxer known as Pancho Villa, at L Street Auditorium on March 21.[27]

Early in World War II, the Sacramento Assembly Center (also known as the Walerga Assembly Center) was established to house Japanese Americans forcibly "evacuated" from the West Coast under Executive Order 9066. The camp was one of fifteen temporary detention facilities where over 110,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of them U.S. citizens, were held while construction on the more permanent War Relocation Authority camps was completed. The assembly center was built on the site of a former migrant labor camp, and inmates began arriving from Sacramento and San Joaquin Counties on May 6, 1942. It closed after only 52 days, on June 26, and the population of 4,739 was transferred to the Tule Lake concentration camp. The site was then turned over to the Army Signal Corps and dedicated as Camp Kohler.

After the war and the end of the incarceration program, returning Japanese Americans were often unable to find housing and so 234 families temporarily lived at the former assembly center. Camp Kohler was destroyed by a fire in December 1947, and the assembly center site is now part of the Foothill Farms-North Highlands subdivision.[28] The Sacramento-Yolo Port District was created in 1947, and ground was broken on the Port of Sacramento in 1949.

On June 29, 1963, with 5,000 spectators waiting to welcome her, the Motor Vessel Taipei Victory arrived.[29] The Nationalist Chinese flagship docked at the Port of Sacramento, being first ocean-going vessel in Sacramento since the steamship Harpoon in 1934.

In 1967, Ronald Reagan became the last Governor of California to live permanently in the city. The 1980s and 1990s saw the closure of several local military bases: McClellan Air Force Base, Mather Air Force Base, and Sacramento Army Depot. In 1980, there was another flood.

In spite of military base closures and the decline of agricultural food processing, Sacramento has continued to experience population growth in recent years. Primary sources of population growth are an influx of residents from the nearby San Francisco Bay Area, as well as immigration from Asia and Latin America. In 1985, Hugh Scrutton, a 38-year-old Sacramento, California, computer store owner, was killed by a nail-and-splinter-loaded bomb placed in the parking lot of his store. In 1996, his death was attributed to the Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski.

After acquiring the majority stake in the Sacramento Kings, the team's new owner, Vivek Ranadivé with the help of the city, agreed to build a new Arena in the downtown area. With a final estimated cost of $558.2 million, Sacramento's Golden 1 Center opened on September 30, 2016.

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Geography

Satellite photo of Sacramento
Aerial view of Central Sacramento and the Sacramento River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city covers 100.1 square miles (259 km2). 97.81% of it is land, and 2.19% of it is water.

Depth to groundwater is typically about 30 feet (9 m). Much of the land to the west of the city (in Yolo County) is permanently reserved for a vast flood control basin (the Yolo Bypass), due to the city's historical vulnerability to floods. As a result, the contiguous urban area sprawls only four miles (6 km) west of downtown (as West Sacramento, California) but 30 miles (48 km) northeast and east, into the Sierra Nevada foothills, and 10 miles (16 km) to the south into valley farmland.

The city is at the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River, and has a deep-water port connected to the San Francisco Bay by a channel through the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta. It is the shipping and rail center for the Sacramento Valley.[30]

Trees

Sacramento has long been known as the "City of Trees" owing to its abundant urban forest. The first recorded use of the term was in 1855, and it was popular by the early 20th century. It was not always so: it was at first called the “City of Plains” because of the lack of trees, but soon afterwards there were cottonwood trees planted, and eucalyptus varieties were imported in order to dry out swampland. Later, locust trees, and willows were planted along streets, then elms, then palm trees, then fruit trees in the late 1910s.[31] It was the first US city to be designated a City of Trees by the Arbor Day Foundation in 1978.[32]

In the early 21st century, the tree cover is well above that of the average tree cover of other major cities in the United States and the rest of the world, with the main species the London plane. Other species are being introduced to increase diversity and to help cope with the effects of climate change on vegetation in the future.[31] Treepedia, a project run by MIT using Google Maps’ street-view data to calculate tree coverage in cities, ranked Sacramento the greenest city of 15 studied in the US, and third globally, after Vancouver and Singapore.[33]

A prominent water tower bore the slogan "City of Trees" until 2017, when it was repainted with the words "America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital" (referring to the farm-to-fork movement, which promotes consumption of locally-grown food). After 4,000 displeased citizens signed a petition protesting the change, officials agreed to include both slogans on the water tower.[34]

Cityscape

Panoramic view of downtown Sacramento from West Sacramento

City neighborhoods

Downtown Sacramento is the home to numerous corporations and organizations.
Old Sacramento at night is a popular destination for fine dining

The city groups most of its neighborhoods into four areas:

Additional prominent regions and neighborhoods in the city include American River Parkway, Arden-Arcade, Arden Fair, Cal Expo, Capital Avenue, Coffing, College Glen, College Greens, Cordova, Creekside, East Fruitridge, Elder Creek, Elkhorn, Elvas, Erikson Industrial Park, Excelsior Sunrise, Foothill Farms, Franklin, Frates Ranch, Gateway Center, Gateway West, Glenwood Meadows, Hansen Park, Heritage Park, Johnson Business Park, Johnson Heights, Mayhew, Metro Center, Mills, Natomas Corporate Center, Natomas Creek, Natomas Crossing, Natomas Park, Newton Booth, Noralto, Northpointe, Norwood, Oak Knoll, Old North Sacramento, Parker Homes, Point West, Raley Industrial Park, Regency Park, Richardson Village, Richmond Grove, Rosemont, Sierra Oaks, Sports Complex, Strawberry Manor, Sundance Lake, Swanston Palms, Town and Country Village, Upper Land Park, Village 5, Village 7, Village 12, Village 14, Village Green, Walerga, Walsh Station, West Del Paso Heights, Westlake, Willowcreek, Wills Acres, Winn Park, Woodside and Youngs Heights.[39][40]

Climate

Climate data for Sacramento, California (Sacramento Executive Airport), 1981–2010 normals, extremes 1941–present[a]
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 76
(24)
78
(26)
88
(31)
95
(35)
105
(41)
115
(46)
114
(46)
112
(44)
109
(43)
104
(40)
87
(31)
73
(23)
115
(46)
Mean maximum °F (°C) 64.0
(17.8)
70.5
(21.4)
76.8
(24.9)
87.2
(30.7)
95.8
(35.4)
102.3
(39.1)
105.0
(40.6)
103.7
(39.8)
100.1
(37.8)
91.6
(33.1)
76.1
(24.5)
64.6
(18.1)
106.8
(41.6)
Average high °F (°C) 53.8
(12.1)
60.3
(15.7)
65.1
(18.4)
71.1
(21.7)
79.9
(26.6)
87.1
(30.6)
92.1
(33.4)
91.2
(32.9)
87.2
(30.7)
77.6
(25.3)
63.8
(17.7)
53.9
(12.2)
73.6
(23.1)
Daily mean °F (°C) 46.3
(7.9)
50.8
(10.4)
54.6
(12.6)
58.7
(14.8)
65.5
(18.6)
71.4
(21.9)
75.2
(24.0)
74.6
(23.7)
71.4
(21.9)
63.9
(17.7)
53.3
(11.8)
46.2
(7.9)
61.0
(16.1)
Average low °F (°C) 38.8
(3.8)
41.4
(5.2)
44.1
(6.7)
46.2
(7.9)
51.1
(10.6)
55.8
(13.2)
58.4
(14.7)
58.0
(14.4)
55.7
(13.2)
50.2
(10.1)
42.8
(6.0)
38.4
(3.6)
48.4
(9.1)
Mean minimum °F (°C) 29.1
(−1.6)
31.5
(−0.3)
35.1
(1.7)
38.0
(3.3)
42.9
(6.1)
48.7
(9.3)
53.1
(11.7)
53.0
(11.7)
49.2
(9.6)
41.7
(5.4)
32.5
(0.3)
28.5
(−1.9)
26.6
(−3.0)
Record low °F (°C) 20
(−7)
23
(−5)
26
(−3)
31
(−1)
34
(1)
41
(5)
48
(9)
48
(9)
42
(6)
35
(2)
26
(−3)
18
(−8)
18
(−8)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.64
(92)
3.47
(88)
2.75
(70)
1.15
(29)
0.68
(17)
0.21
(5.3)
trace 0.05
(1.3)
0.29
(7.4)
0.95
(24)
2.08
(53)
3.25
(83)
18.52
(470)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 10.3 9.4 9.1 4.9 3.2 1.2 0.0 0.3 1.3 3.6 6.9 9.9 60.1
Average relative humidity (%) 83.3 76.8 71.6 64.5 58.9 55.0 53.2 55.7 57.0 63.1 75.6 82.9 66.5
Average dew point °F (°C) 39.4
(4.1)
42.1
(5.6)
42.8
(6.0)
43.7
(6.5)
46.9
(8.3)
50.4
(10.2)
53.1
(11.7)
53.4
(11.9)
50.9
(10.5)
47.5
(8.6)
43.7
(6.5)
39.2
(4.0)
46.1
(7.8)
Mean monthly sunshine hours 145.5 201.3 278.0 329.6 406.3 419.5 440.2 406.9 347.8 296.7 194.9 141.1 3,607.8
Percent possible sunshine 48 67 75 83 92 94 98 96 93 86 64 48 81
Source: NOAA (relative humidity, dew point and sun 1961–1990)[42][43][44]
Climate data for Sacramento 5 ESE, California (Sacramento State[45]), 1981–2010 normals, extremes 1877–present)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 79
(26)
80
(27)
90
(32)
98
(37)
107
(42)
112
(44)
114
(46)
112
(44)
109
(43)
102
(39)
86
(30)
72
(22)
114
(46)
Mean maximum °F (°C) 65.7
(18.7)
72.8
(22.7)
80.0
(26.7)
90.2
(32.3)
97.9
(36.6)
104.1
(40.1)
106.6
(41.4)
105.4
(40.8)
101.7
(38.7)
93.1
(33.9)
77.0
(25.0)
65.6
(18.7)
108.3
(42.4)
Average high °F (°C) 54.4
(12.4)
61.2
(16.2)
66.8
(19.3)
72.7
(22.6)
80.9
(27.2)
87.9
(31.1)
93.3
(34.1)
92.2
(33.4)
87.9
(31.1)
77.9
(25.5)
63.7
(17.6)
54.3
(12.4)
74.4
(23.6)
Average low °F (°C) 40.7
(4.8)
43.7
(6.5)
46.5
(8.1)
49.0
(9.4)
53.9
(12.2)
58.4
(14.7)
60.9
(16.1)
60.5
(15.8)
58.4
(14.7)
52.8
(11.6)
45.5
(7.5)
40.4
(4.7)
50.9
(10.5)
Mean minimum °F (°C) 32.8
(0.4)
35.0
(1.7)
38.7
(3.7)
41.9
(5.5)
46.7
(8.2)
51.6
(10.9)
55.0
(12.8)
55.3
(12.9)
52.1
(11.2)
45.1
(7.3)
35.7
(2.1)
31.5
(−0.3)
30.1
(−1.1)
Record low °F (°C) 19
(−7)
21
(−6)
29
(−2)
34
(1)
37
(3)
43
(6)
47
(8)
48
(9)
44
(7)
34
(1)
27
(−3)
17
(−8)
17
(−8)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.63
(92)
3.90
(99)
2.86
(73)
1.36
(35)
0.75
(19)
0.21
(5.3)
0.02
(0.51)
0.04
(1.0)
0.35
(8.9)
1.06
(27)
2.46
(62)
3.43
(87)
20.06
(510)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 11.2 9.8 9.2 5.2 3.2 1.2 0.1 0.4 1.4 3.6 7.4 10.5 63.5
Source: NOAA[42], Western Regional Climate Center[46]

Sacramento has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate (Köppen Csa), characterized by very hot, dry summers and mild to cool winters with occasional rainfall. The wet season is generally October through April, though there may be a day or two of light rainfall in June or September. The normal annual mean temperature is 61.0 °F (16.1 °C), with the monthly daily average temperature ranging from 46.4 °F (8.0 °C) in December to 75.5 °F (24.2 °C) in July.[47] Summer heat is sometimes moderated by a sea breeze known as the "delta breeze" which comes through the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta from the San Francisco Bay, and temperatures cool down sharply at night.

The foggiest months are December and January. Tule fog can be extremely dense, lowering visibility to less than 100 feet (30 m) and making driving conditions extremely hazardous. Chilling tule fog events have been known to last for several consecutive days or weeks. During Tule fog events, temperatures do not exceed 50 °F (10 °C).

Snowfall is rare in Sacramento, which is only 25 ft (7.6 m) above sea level. In the downtown area, only three significant snow accumulations have occurred since 1900, the last one being in 1976.[48] During especially cold winter and spring storms, intense showers do occasionally produce a significant amount of hail, which can create hazardous driving conditions. Snowfall in the city often melts upon ground contact, with traceable amounts occurring in some years. Significant annual snow accumulations occur in the foothills 40 mi (64 km) east of the city, which had brief and traceable amounts of snowfall in January 2002, December 2009, and February 2011.[49][50] The greatest snowfall ever recorded in Sacramento was 3 inches (8 cm) on January 5, 1888.

A farmer's market at Chavez Park

On average, there are 73 days where the high exceeds 90 °F (32 °C), and 14 days where the high exceeds 100 °F (38 °C); On the other extreme, there are 15 days where the temperature does not exceed 50 °F (10 °C), and 15 freezing nights per year.[47] Official temperature extremes range from 18 °F (−8 °C) on December 22, 1990 to 115 °F (46 °C) on June 15, 1961;[47] a station around 5 mi (8.0 km) east-southeast of the city dipped to 17 °F (−8 °C) on December 11, 1932.[51]

The average annual precipitation is 18.52 inches (470 mm). On average, precipitation falls on 60 days each year in Sacramento, and nearly all of this falls during the winter months. Average January rainfall is 3.67 in (93 mm), and measurable precipitation is rare during the summer months. In February 1992, Sacramento had 16 consecutive days of rain, resulting in an accumulation of 6.41 in (163 mm) for the period. On rare occasions, monsoonal moisture surges from the Desert Southwest can bring upper-level moisture to the Sacramento region, leading to increased summer cloudiness, humidity, and even light showers and thunderstorms. Monsoon clouds do occur, usually during late July through early September. Sacramento is the second most flood susceptible city in the United States after New Orleans.[52]

Sacramento has been noted as being the sunniest location on the planet for three months of the year, from July through September. It holds the distinction as the sunniest month, in terms of percent possible sunshine, of anywhere in the world; July in Sacramento averages 14 hours and 12 minutes of sunshine per day, amounting to approximately 100% of possible sunshine.[53]

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Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18506,820
186013,785102.1%
187016,28318.1%
188021,42031.5%
189026,38623.2%
190029,28211.0%
191044,69652.6%
192065,90847.5%
193093,75042.2%
1940105,95813.0%
1950137,57229.8%
1960191,66739.3%
1970257,10534.1%
1980275,7417.2%
1990369,36534.0%
2000407,01810.2%
2010466,48814.6%
2019 (est.)513,624[7]10.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[54]

In 2002, the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University conducted for Time magazine named Sacramento "America's Most Diverse City."[18] The U.S. Census Bureau also groups Sacramento with other U.S. cities having a "high diversity" rating of the diversity index.[55] Moreover, Sacramento is one of the most well-integrated U.S. cities, having a relatively high level of ethnic and racial heterogeneity within its neighborhoods.[56]

2010 census

The 2010 United States Census[57] reported Sacramento had a population of 466,488. The population density was 4,660.0 people per square mile (1,799.2/km2).

Racial composition 2010[58] 1990[59] 1970[59] 1940[59]
White 45.0% 60.1% 81.5% 94.2%
—Non-Hispanic 34.5% 53.4% 71.4%[60] n/a
African American 14.6% 15.3% 10.7% 1.4%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 26.9% 16.2% 11.0%[60] n/a
Asian 18.3% 15.0% 6.5% 4.3%

The racial makeup of Sacramento was:[57]

  • 231,131 (45.0%) White
  • 74,989 (14.6%) African American
  • 93,993 (18.3%) Asian (4.2% Chinese, 3.3% Hmong, 2.8% Filipino, 1.6% Indian, 1.4% Vietnamese, 1.2% Laotian, 1.2% Japanese, 0.3% Pakistani, 0.3% Korean, 0.3% Thai, 0.2% Cambodian)
  • 7,191 (1.4%) Pacific Islander (0.6% Fijian, 0.2% Tongan, 0.2% Samoan)
  • 5,649 (1.1%) Native American
  • 63,176 (12.3%) other races
  • 36,467 (7.1%) from two or more races.

Hispanic or Latino of any race were 138,165 persons (26.9%); 22.6% of Sacramento's population is of Mexican heritage which amounts to over four-fifths of the city’s Hispanic/Latino diaspora, 0.7% Puerto Rican, 0.5% Salvadoran, 0.2% Guatemalan, and 0.2% Nicaraguan.[61] Non-Hispanic Whites were 34.5% of the population in 2010,[58] down from 71.4% in 1970.[59]

Map of racial distribution in Sacramento, 2010 U.S. Census. Each dot is 25 people: White, Black, Asian, Hispanic or Other (yellow)

The Census reported 458,174 people (98.2% of the population) lived in households, 4,268 (0.9%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 4,046 (0.9%) were institutionalized. The recent housing crash has not impacted these numbers.

There were 174,624 households, out of which 57,870 (33.1%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 65,556 (37.5%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 27,640 (15.8%) had a female householder with no husband present, 10,534 (6.0%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 13,234 (7.6%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 2,498 (1.4%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 53,342 households (30.5%) were made up of individuals, and 14,926 (8.5%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62. There were 103,730 families (59.4% of all households); the average family size was 3.37.

Sacramento has one of the highest LGBT populations per capita, ranking seventh among major American cities, and third in California behind San Francisco and slightly behind Oakland, with roughly 10% of the city's total population identifying themselves as gay, lesbian, or bisexual.[62]

The age distribution of the city was follows: 116,121 people (24.9%) were under the age of 18, 52,438 people (11.2%) aged 18 to 24, 139,093 people (29.8%) aged 25 to 44, 109,416 people (23.5%) aged 45 to 64, and 49,420 people (10.6%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33.0 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.2 males.

There were 190,911 housing units at an average density of 1,907.1 per square mile (736.3/km2), of which 86,271 (49.4%) were owner-occupied, and 88,353 (50.6%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.8%; the rental vacancy rate was 8.3%. 231,593 people (49.6% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 226,581 people (48.6%) lived in rental housing units.

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