Sacramento, capital of the U.S. state of California, lies at the confluence of the Sacramento River and American River. The district of Old Sacramento harkens back to the city’s Gold Rush era, with wooden sidewalks and wagon rides. One of several museums in Old Sacramento, the California State Railroad Museum depicts the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, one of the country’s earliest technological feats. 

The Economics

Sacramento, CA Oakland
Estimated Population ( 512,838 417,442
Average Home Cost ( $435K $923K
Median Income ( $50,013 $52,962
Overall Tax Burden (Based on Statewide Averages – WalletHub) 10th Highest 10th Highest
Tax Friendliness for Retirees

(Ranked By State – Kiplinger)

Tax-Friendly Tax-Friendly

The Intangibles

Sacramento, CA Oakland
Amenities ( A+ A+
Crime ( C- F
Avg. Commute Time ( 25.4 min 31.9 min
Schools ( F F
Cost of Living ( F F
Healthcare – State Ranking (US News) 5th Best 5th Best