The Sacramento Area
UC Davis Medical Center is located in Sacramento, the capitol of the largest state in the country and one of California's fastest-growing regions. In addition to the obvious benefits of a rapidly expanding and diverse patient population, Sacramento is a highly livable city with a vibrant economy. The standard of living is higher and the cost of living is lower when compared with California's other heavily populated regions - the Los Angeles area or the San Francisco Bay area
Sacramento is located near the northern end of California's Central Valley, at the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers. Sacramento's hot and dry summers are tempered by cool delta breezes in the evening. Even in the heat of early summer, snow-capped mountains can be seen on the horizon and are just 90 minutes away by car.
Sports enthusiasts will find Sacramento's climate and opportunities ideal. The American River Bike Trail follows 30 miles of riverfront, from downtown's historic "Old Sacramento" to the Folsom Lake state recreation area. Horseback riding, golf and tennis are year-round activities. Areas for skiing, hiking, camping, rock climbing, mountain biking, fishing, boating and rafting are all readily accessible. Many ski resorts typically stay open from Thanksgiving through Easter.
Sacramento is surrounded by some of California's most popular attractions, all within easy driving distance: Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco and the Carmel/Monterey Peninsula, Mendocino and North Coast shores, and the "wine country" of the Napa and Sonoma valleys.
A number of our residents choose to live in our University’s host city of Davis, which is an easy 15-20 minute drive to the medical center. Davis is a progressive, vigorous community noted for its small-town style, energy conservation, environmental programs, parks, preservation of trees, red double-decker London buses, bicycles, and the quality of its public school system.