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The 5 Best Neighborhoods in Sacramento

David Cross

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California’s state capital is an attractive city that’s home to around 478,000 people. Sacramento is set in the Central Valley, at the meeting point of two rivers, about 90 miles north east of San Francisco and it’s considered to be a nice, livable place to call home. Walk Score ranks the city the 24th most walkable large city in the country, with a score of 49, but what about its individual neighborhoods…

Boulevard Park

The historic residential neighborhood of Boulevard Park is set right in the heart of Sacramento just a few blocks from downtown. It is the most walkable neighborhood in the city with a Walk Score of 92, meaning it’s a ‘walker’s paradise’ where just about everything can be done on foot. There are several grocery stores in Boulevard Park while just on the edges of the neighborhood, around I Street and J Street, there are numerous restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, and other facilities, and just outside the boundary is the Wells Fargo Pavilion, so it’s all here! Boulevard Park is even great for families with an elementary school and a couple of high schools serving the area. The crime index is 5 percent lower than the city average, and because this is a popular neighborhood, with everything you need, it’s expensive to live in!

Downtown Sacramento

Downtown Sacramento is the central business district of the city, home to major businesses, shopping centers, the California State Capitol, Sacramento City Hall, and the events venue Sacramento Convention Center Complex. Of course, downtown is also full of restaurants, bars and cafes, and it’s a very walkable neighborhood with almost all errands accomplishable on foot. The Walk Score is 89. You’d think of this as a neighborhood for young professionals who want to be in the heart of it all, but there are plenty of schools here for families too. The main drawback with downtown Sacramento is a higher crime index – 12 percent higher than the city average.

Mansion Flats

Just north of downtown Sacramento, Mansion Flats is in a great location for enjoying a slightly more residential neighborhood with easy access to the city’s amenities. Walk Score ranks this the third most walkable neighborhood in Sacramento, with a Walk Score of 88, and you have plenty of restaurants, bars, coffee shops and other services within a short walk. There are grocery stores nearby too, but no elementary or high schools for children, and the other drawback of Mansion Flats is the crime index. It stands at 41 percent higher than the Sacramento average so this isn’t an especially safe neighborhood to live in. just on the edge of Mansion Flats is the historic Governor’s Mansion.

Marshall School

Sacramento’s Marshall School neighborhood is just to the east of Boulevard Park, bordering the I-80B so it’s good for interstate access. This small and compact neighborhood includes Marshall Park but there are no schools within the neighborhood. On J Street, at the southern edge of Marshall School there’s an abundance of grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Crime is just a little above the city average at 9 percent higher. Marshall School is ‘very walkable’ with a Walk Score of 87.


As the name suggests, Midtown is centrally located right next to downtown Sacramento so it’s a great neighborhood for being close to the action. Midtown itself has tree-lined residential streets with many Victorian-era homes, but it does also have a superb number of restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Midtown is known for being both bike and pedestrian friendly, and Walk Score gives the neighborhood a score of 87. There are a couple of private schools, but no public schools, and if you’re into history, Sutter’s Fort, where the city began, is in the east of Midtown. Crime-wise Midtown is actually below the Sacramento average with a crime index of 647, making it safer than nearly 85 percent of the neighborhoods in the city.

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posted on: June 4, 2013
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