Local Atmosphere

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$17,788 ($6,628)
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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Many area to visit for cultural purposes downtown, also several winery and agricultural events held each year. Special run events like the Spartan Race, or Run to Feed the Hungry are held each year. Many Volunteer opportunities also.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: I like it. There is always something to do here.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Many things go on during the school year.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Sacramento can have a great atmosphere, it just depends on when and where you go.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: I am a local and haven't really planned on moving. Will possibly move with a job opportunity.

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Hilton Collins
Major
English
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Sac State is right in the middle of a lot of shopping and dining venues, so if you like to spend money in a consumer paradise, you're in luck. If, however, you like to enjoy great landmarks and unique local attractions, you're going to have to work harder to find them. Aside from relics from the Gold Rush and some state capital buildings, Sacramento doesn't really have anything out of the ordinary, so it's not exactly a big tourist city. Raging Waters, the water park, is practically five minutes from campus, so feel free to visit when it's hot. There are also museums, concert halls, and sports arenas, but they're not as impressive as the ones in larger, famous cities.

It's not unusual for people to head out of town for excitement. One popular place is San Francisco, which is about two hours away. In fact, if you're in college here and you've never been there, lots of people will look at you funny. It's just a given that most Sacramentans have gone there at least a few times. Also, outdoorsy people might like Sacramento better because of the moderate weather. It's never too cold, so the environment favors rafting, hiking, biking, and running, among other things. Lake Tahoe is about two hours away, so head there for skiing and snowboarding.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Sacramento is known for its Dixieland jazz because of the Sacramento Music Festival that occurs every Memorial Day weekend.
  2. Mark Twain used to work as a reporter for the Sacramento Union newspaper in 1866. The publication began in 1851 and ran until 1994.
  3. Many companies use Sacramento as a test market for products and services because of our unique population mix. With all of our different racial and economic groups, we're seen as a microcosm of America.
  4. The Sacramento Delta doubled for the Mississippi River in many films made in the early 20th century.
  5. Old Sacramento contains more buildings dating from the Gold Rush days than any major city along the coast. The city of Sacramento has a huge concentration of houses that are more than 100 years old.
Notable Natives
  • Adrienne Barbeau – TV and film actress
  • Molly Ringwald – actress
  • LeVar Burton – actor
  • Timothy Busfield – actor
  • Joan Didion – author
  • Lester Holt – journalist
  • Sam Elliot – actor
  • Rush Limbaugh – radio talk show host
  • Joan Lunden – journalist, author, television host
  • Lisa Ling – TV personality
  • Jessica Chastain – actress
  • Victor Wong – film actor
Local Slang
  • AR or ARC: American River College
  • The Causeway: A highway bridge crossing the Yolo floodway. It connects Sacramento to Davis, and Sac State territory to UC Davis territory.
  • Echo Bo: Arco Arena
  • Fab 40: Neighborhood by 30th and J Street with expensive houses
  • Frisco: San Francisco
  • The Governator: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • The Grid: A name for the downtown and midtown area where the streets are either numerical or alphabetical. J Street and 10th Street are typical examples.
  • Hecka: "Heck of a." Another adverb that means the same as the above.
  • Hella: "Hell of a." Also, it's an adverb that means "very" when used before a noun (e.g., "this knife is hella dull").
  • K Street: K Street Mall; a pedestrian mall downtown
  • Old Sac: Old Sacramento; the historic area of downtown Sacramento
  • Sac Cit: Sacramento City College
  • Sacto, Sactown, Sac, Sacratomato, Sack 'a Pimentos, River City: All nicknames for Sacramento
  • The Valley: San Joaquin Valley
Points of Interest
  • California Railroad Museum
  • California State Fair
  • Crocker Art Museum
  • The Discovery Museum
  • Governor's Mansion
  • Julia Morgan House
  • Old Sacramento
  • Sacramento Zoo
  • Sleep Train Arena
  • State Capitol
  • Sutter's Fort
Shopping Centers
  • Arden Fair
  • K Street Mall
  • Loehmann's Plaza
Movie Theaters
Century Downtown Plaza 7
445 Downtown Plaza
Sacramento
(916) 442-9022
Movie Theaters
Century Stadium 14
1590 Ethan Way
Sacramento
(916) 922-4241
Movie Theaters
Esquire IMAX Theatre
1211 K St.
Sacramento
(916) 443-4629
Movie Theaters
UA Arden Fair 6
1739 Arden Way
Sacramento
(916) 568-5188
Major Sports Teams
Sacramento Kings: NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Los Angeles: CA: 7 hours
  • San Francisco: CA: 2 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 137 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 131 responses

  • 1% Painfully remote.
  • 32% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 2% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 15% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 50% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 131 responses

  • 17% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 34% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 49% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 131 responses

  • 14% No way.
  • 53% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 34% Totally.

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