About Sacramento

About Sacramento

Sacramento is one of the most historic cities in California. It has an impressive array of landmarks, parks, and the California State Capital.

California State Capitol


Sacramento has been home to many for generations, but some fun facts remain unknown by many. From local business quirks to international statistics, Sacramento is truly an interesting place to call home.


  • People love to give Sacramento nicknames. It has been called the “Camellia capital of the world,” “City of Trees” and the “River City.” Natives usually refer to it as Sactown.

  • Sacramento is located 90 miles northeast of San Francisco and 100 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe, providing locals with both active city adventures and natural beauty within driving distance.

  • Currently, Sacramento is home to 470,000 residents in the official city of Sacramento, along with 1.9 million in the surrounding towns, cities, and counties.

  • Sacramento’s climate is considered to be Mediterranean. We enjoy mild temperatures with plenty of sunshine. Unfortunately, this can also mean a heat wave in summer months.


  • Sacramento is California’s sixth capital since 1854. Prior capitals include Monterey, Vallejo, Benicia, and San Jose.

  • When Sacramento renovated the Capitol building in 1976, it was recorded as the largest restoration project in U.S. history at that time.

  • There are also two counties within Sacramento’s boundaries. Sacramento proper is part of Sacramento County, while West Sacramento is a part of Yolo County.

  • Sacramento has a prolific number of museums. From the California State Railroad Museum to the Crocker Art Museum, there are dozens of free and admission-paid museums.

  • The Sacramento Jazz Festival takes place every Memorial Day weekend and has been in existence for over 40 years.

  • The Sacramento Zoo is a historical treasure. It’s been around since 1927 and continues to delight visitors from various generations.

  • Sacramento processes more almonds than anyone else in the world. Blue Diamond has its headquarters here, and during harvest time each year brings millions of pounds of almonds to market.



  • Sacramento has an NBA team, The Sacramento Kings. Before they were the Kings, they were the Kansas City Kings and in 1985 became the Sacramento Kings.

  • The Kings were sold for over $500 million in 2013.

  • The Kings mascot is a lion named Slamson. You will often see him at games and at city events.


  • In Sacramento alone you will find the Sacramento Ballet, Sacramento Opera, Sacramento Theatre Company, and California Musical Theater. The latter hosts Broadway touring companies whenever they come to town.

  • The Sacramento region is also home to over 30 theaters, museums and more. The Second Saturday Art Walk exists to promote these grassroots arts groups.

  • Many nightclubs exist all over Sacramento, including line dancing, swing dancing, hip-hop, and good old fashioned rock and roll.

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