Recently, the Sacramento Bee conducted a survey pertaining to the most expensive cities to live in the continental United States via Zumper, the online rental marketplace comparable to the likes of Zillow. Accordingly, the report illustrated that with the price of apartments alone rising over 2.4 percent in the last year, Sacramento ranked the 26th most expensive city to live in across all the nation. Bearing this fact in mind, it begs the question as to whether or not it is worth the cost?
Sure, to the unknowing stranger or tourist to the Sacramento area, at a glance the states capitol has a certain allure to it that would make it come across as appealing for the soon to be renter or homeowner. At least this would certainly seem the case when considering that this economic hub offers everything from higher education through its various community colleges and universities in close proximity, combined with the potential for great career opportunities as is inherent in such locations as Intel, Kaiser, and Dignity Health nearby creating for the major cash flow for those in the area. And if that doesn’t sound wonderful enough in and of itself, it is also a center for various forms of entertainment, with venues such as Ace of Spades and Golden One Center offering everything from the notorious Sacramento Kings games to great music from the biggest names in the industry. So, what isn’t there to like?
At the end of the day, there are three driving factors behind each and every single move we make, whether we are aware of the fact or not, and they are that of economic, social, and political reasons; a basic intro to History class would be sufficient enough to substantiate as much. So, through each of these three lenses, lets further dissect or analyze what a move to Sacramento might look like.
With everything kept into consideration, the key points highlighted above that would make a move to Sacramento seem attractive does not account for how the city has, for lack of better terms, abysmal rankings across the board in almost all of these areas.
From a socioeconomic standpoint, the decision is a no brainer in favor of simply not worth the cost. The most painstakingly obvious notion coming from the fact that it is the 26th most expensive city in the U.S. alone. As such, it goes without saying that this means that the cost of living is much more than that of the average city. So, unless the individual in question is being employed through the few cash companies as mentioned above, it would be relatively difficult to find a way to make ends means,, especially when considering that the truth of the matter is that the employment ranks are extremely low. If you’re looking to cash out on the economic potential that California has to offer, you might have better luck somewhere within the Silicon Valley, like Cupertino, or San Francisco for that matter.
At this same socioeconomic level, we can also see that with a population of some 500,000 plus souls, that this also creates for a greater sense of diversification, and competition over resources, which is bound to happen in large cities. Similarly, we can observe crime rates that are exponentially higher, 32 percent higher than the rest of the United States to be exact, as a direct consequence of this dynamic. In likewise fashion, this also accompanies higher incarceration rates as well as that of those in poverty or homeless.
To really drive this point home and illustrate this fact, I draw from my own personal experience. I live in Sacramento, and I wouldn’t want to live in Sacramento. I remember the first time that I went to a gas station, and when I told my neighboring fellow where I was previously from, he laughed and told me not to have the harsh conditions of the city change me and my otherwise good-natured and friendly personality. I am also one that likes to go for a walk around the block just before I go to bed, and in the same week, I was for the first time in my twenty-eight years of life mugged, right in front of a fire department. Since that day, I always make it a point to dress down when I go out in public, and to carry nothing of value on me.
And this is the same story, just about everywhere you go in Sacramento. There is a community college that is a sister college to the ones provided in Sacramento, and the students there that have attended both jokes how its that one in the ghetto. I would know, I am one of the students that found themselves to be a part of this general populace.
Given the price and the brief overview of Sacramento overall, it would be fair to say that it simply is not worth the cost. Take my advice as a local, and take some time out to really consider the reasons behind your move, and what other alternatives are available to you. For a fraction of the cost, it is likely that you can find a city that is in a far better neighborhood and that will provide an ultimately more fulfilling opportunity for you and your family.