Founded in 1849, the City of Sacramento is the oldest incorporated city in California and the states capital. Sacramento has its share of stately government buildings, and long, tree-lined streets of Victorian homes. On the rivers edge, the original city, Old Sacramento, is reminiscent of simpler times of river boats and wooden sidewalks. Population: As of the 2010 census, Sacto had 466,488 residents.
Climate: Sacramento continually ranks in the top ten sunniest cities in the United States with 78% of its days being called sunny. Sacramento gets 17 inches of rain per year and basically no snowfall.
Cost of living: The cost of living in Sacramento is 36% greater than the national average.
Housing costs: Retirement homes are likewise somewhat expensive, at approximately 19% greater than the U.S. average. The median home cost in Sacramento is $222,200.
Colleges and Universities: The closest Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is at the University of California Extension Dept. in Davis 15 miles away from Sacramento. For retirees not familiar with OLLI, it is a program with an extraordinary variety of provocative courses, informative programs and cultural events to serve active minds in retirement.
Transportation:Sacramento International Airport handles flights to all major destinations, Sacramento Regional Transit District provides bus and light rail, Amtrak serves the city with passenger rail service, and bicycling is an increasingly popular transportation mode in Sacramento due to its mild climate and flat terrain.
Travel and tourism: Old Sacramento is a unique 28-acre National Historic Landmark District and State Historic Park located along the beautiful Sacramento River. The district bustles with activity, and will invite retirees to explore its shopping, dining, entertainment, historical attractions and world-renowned museums set within the time of the California Gold Rush and the Transcontinental Railroad.
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