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Safe, Affordable Neighborhoods in Sacramento

Considering living in Sacramento? California’s capital city has plenty to offer, including low crime rates, affordable housing, and some of the best outdoor recreation in the U.S. Check out these five safe, affordable neighborhoods in Sacramento!

College/Glen

Single-Family Ranch-Style Home in College/Glen, Sacramento. Photo by Instagram user @alexis_s_jones

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  • Home Price: $287,250 median purchase price; $992 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 66% of Sacramento neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Located in East Sacramento along the American River, the College/Glen area provides quick access to the light rail system and the Lincoln Highway, making it easy for commuters to get anywhere from Folsom to Downtown Sacramento. Affordable apartments, updated ranches, and single-family homes make up the housing options in this Sactown neighborhood, and nearby California State University Sacramento offers great job opportunities for residents. And with top-rated public and private schools like Hubert H. Bancroft Elementary School and Cristo Rey High School, College/Glen is a great place for families in Sacramento!

Things to Do in College/Glen

Go kayaking down the American River or bike the riverfront on the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail. Take your pup to socialize at Glenbrook Dog Park. Head over to Oki Park for some pickup basketball or take your kids to the Dinosaur Exploration Playground. Become a member of the College Greens Swim & Racquet Club, where you can join a tennis league or sand volleyball tournament. Grab some made-to-order Street Tacos, Asada Fries, or a Burrito Bowl at Paquitas Mexican Grill. Try some Thai food in Sacramento by ordering a Chow Fun, Panang Curry, or some Pad Thai from Patong Beach Thai Cuisine. Sink your teeth into one of America’s best big city pizzas like the Giuseppe Special or Pizza Margherita at Roma II Pizzeria. Or enjoy some Hawaiian creations like the Katsu Chicken, Loco Moco, or Island Fire Shrimp at Sunny Hawaiian BBQ.

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Natomas Park

Larger 4-Bedroom, Single-Family Home in Natomas Park, Sacramento. Photo by Instagram user @sandhucando

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  • Home Price: $285,950 median purchase price; $1,160 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 82% of Sacramento neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families

Natomas Park offers lots of green space and a highly walkable area, which makes it a favorite among local residents, particularly young adults. Housing options in this safe Sacramento neighborhood include budget-friendly apartments, townhomes, and contemporary two-stories. But that’s not all that draws new residents to Natomas Park. The neighborhood has a very welcoming, close-knit community, and local schools like Heron School, Natomas Charter School, and Inderkum High School are great options for families with kids.

Things to Do in Natomas Park

Grab a good read at Anderson’s Free Little Library. Visit North Natomas Regional Park for its lake, dog parks, amphitheater, and seasonal farmers market. Support students of The Performing and Fine Arts Academy program by seeing a show at the Benvenuti Performing Arts Center. Order a Daylight Amber Ale, Left Eye Right Eye Double IPA, or another local craft brew at Track 7 Brewing Company. Head over to Pete’s Restaurant & Brewhouse for a Buffalo Chicken Wrap or Mushroom Jack Burger while enjoying a Pete’s IPA or Pete’s Red Ale. Or snag Italian-inspired classics like Rotisserie Style Chicken or a Sicilian Grilled Pizza at Bella Bru Cafe.

Pocket

  • Home Price: $370,425 median purchase price; $1,070 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 90% of Sacramento neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Pocket truly lives up to its name! Tucked between the Sacramento River and I-5 in a little “pocket” of the city, this affordable Sacramento neighborhood features a diverse mix of apartments and single-family housing. Not only is Pocket one of the safest neighborhoods in Sacramento, but the area is also home to several good schools that anchor the community, including the tech-oriented School of Engineering & Sciences and John F. Kennedy High School, which is renowned for its “Small Learning Communities” that provide students with college prep, internship opportunities, and more.

Things to Do in Pocket

Have a picnic, hike some trails, or take a boat on the Sacramento River at Garcia Bend Park. Take the kids to play on the Tot Lot, enjoy a walk, or kick a soccer ball around at Parkway Oaks Park. Participate in community building events in Pocket by decorating your home for “yard of the month.” Challenge yourself and some friends to some frisbee golf at the spacious Reichmuth Park Disc Golf Course. Fill up on some Shoyu Ramen, Black Tonkotsu Ramen, or KuroGoma Tan Tan at Tenjin Ramen House. Head over to Vientos Mexican Cocina for Mexican dishes like Enchiladas Verdes, Platillo de Carnitas, and Carne Asada Tacos. Or relax with Sacramento-based brews like the Kid Casual or Made in SAC while enjoying some pub grub at Device Brewing Company.

River Park

  • Home Price: $433,267 median purchase price; $1,321 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 92% of Sacramento neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

If you’re looking for a safe neighborhood in Sacramento, check out River Park! Quiet streets with Craftsman-style bungalows give this Sactown neighborhood a relaxing residential feel. The area boasts plenty of green space, including namesake River Park. Families in particular will love the neighborhood’s low crime rate, as well as the presence of great schools like Caleb Greenwood Elementary, Phoebe A. Hearst Elementary School, and Saint Francis High School. And if you work downtown or like to make regular trips into the city center, River Park is about 15 minutes away from Downtown Sacramento!

Things to Do in River Park

Expand your knowledge on the medical field and learn about the birth of modern medicine at the Museum of Medical History. Take adult dance classes or sign the kids up for dance at Fancy Feet Dance Academy. Get your tan on, catch some fish, or jump in the American River at Paradise Beach. Start your day with made-to-order omelettes, crepes, and more at Roosters Breakfast & Mimosas. Chow down on some Pineapple Fried Rice, Pad Thai, or Pumpkin Red Curry at The Coconut River Park. Try vegan comfort food creations like the Baby Got Bacon Burger or Livin’ La Vida Baja Wrap at Pure Soul Plant-Based Eats. Catch the big game and eat some Angus Beef Sliders or a Grown up Grilled Cheese at Clubhouse 56. Or kick back with local brews like the Two Rivers Blood Orange and Tower Seven Steps at Lefty’s Taproom.

Tahoe Park

Small Ranch Duplex in Tahoe Park, Sacramento. Photo by Instagram user @mike0c

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  • Home Price: $235,580 median purchase price; $1,226 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 76% of Sacramento neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Nestled in Southeastern Sacramento, Tahoe Park is one of the best places to settle down for both safety and affordability in SacTown. With its local park of the same name, bungalows and ranch-style homes, close proximity to UC Davis Medical Center, and good schools like Tahoe Elementary, Capitol Elementary, and Hiram W. Johnson High School, this Sacramento neighborhood is an ideal place for families to settle down.

Things to Do in Tahoe Park

Sign your kids up for little league and catch a few games at Tahoe Tallac Park. Go to Mae Fong Park for more outdoor fun and play disc golf or run the jogging trails. Take self-defense classes and master the discipline of Jiu-Jitsu at the Sacramento Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy. Refuel with fresh-baked goods like a Blueberry Coconut Donut or a farm-to-table meal like the Cali Burrito at Bacon & Butter. Fill up on delicious barbecue dishes like a Hot Chicken Sandwich or Brisket Plate paired with a Peach Cobbler at MoMo’s Meat Market. Try a Pastor Impossible Salad, Sopes Plate, or some Shrimp Tacos at Mezcal. Or stop by local favorite Village Drive-In for an Avocado BLT or Fish & Chips.

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