The Sacramento Valley is seeing more and more people moving from California’s coastal cities, and who’s to blame them? With lower costs of living than the Bay Area, high education standards and endless entertainment options, Sacramento and the surrounding cities are a no-brainer choice for families looking for a new home. While the “City of Trees” is a beautiful place to call home, many families are finding that the best places to live near Sacramento are the nearby suburbs of Rocklin, Roseville, Folsom and Davis.
The suburb of Rocklin has seen some rapid development over the past few years. The Rocklin community has the lowest crime rate in the area, a robust academic program and is only a short drive from nearby shopping centers and dining. If you plan on commuting, you can get to downtown Sacramento in about 30 minutes without traffic.
Schools in Rocklin, CA
Rocklin has outstanding academic K-12 institutions and well developed athletic programs and clubs for children of all ages, making Rocklin an excellent place to live in long-term.
There are two high schools in Rocklin Unified School District: Rocklin High School and Whitney High School. Outside of their core class curriculum, students have the opportunity to take a variety of Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Elective courses such as photography, web design and music theory are also available.
Overall, both of Rocklin’s high schools have an incredible academic track record. In 2013, Rocklin High School had an API Score of 894 and Whitney High School had an API Score of 873.
There are two colleges/universities in Rocklin. Sierra College is a community college and William Jessup University is a non-denominational Christian college. For more information, here’s a full list of the educational institutions in Rocklin, California.
Roseville is another neighboring city that’s seeing growth and development with no end in sight. Entertainment and dining options are virtually endless with the Westfield Galleria mall and nearby shopping centers. And if you’re looking to cool off in the summer, take a family trip to the popular water park Golfland Sunsplash. If you’re thinking about commuting to Sacramento from Roseville, you can get to downtown Sacramento in about 25-30 minutes without traffic.
Education in Roseville, CA
Roseville has a vast network of 32 K-12 public district schools to meet the needs of the roughly 130,000 residents. Roseville also has well developed athletic programs and clubs for children of all ages, making Roseville a great choice for raising children.
Roseville is home to three high schools in the Roseville Joint Union High School District: Woodcreek High School, Oakmont High School, and Roseville High School. Since each school has a student population of over 2,000 students, there’s a diverse set of different clubs or sports to join.
Overall, each of Roseville’s high schools has an impressive commitment to academic success. In 2013, Woodcreek High School had an API Score of 856, Oakmont High School had an API Score of 829 and Roseville High School had an API Score of 792. If you’re looking for more information, here’s a full list of the educational institutions in Roseville, California.
Folsom’s beautiful landscape and breathtaking bike trails (both literally and figuratively) are just a few of the reasons why many seek out this hidden gem of a community. Folsom is home to Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma, both of which are popular spots for locals to fish, bike and kayak. The nearby Folsom Historic District also has something for everyone; visit the Folsom Railroad Museum, hit up the farmers market, or fill up on local eats and craft beer. If you plan on commuting to Sacramento from Folsom, you can get to downtown Sacramento in about 30-35 minutes without traffic.
Schools in Folsom, CA
Folsom has an accomplished education system with 15 K-12 public district schools. With a focus on healthy academic and athletic competition as well as creative arts, the Folsom school system is well rounded.
The two high schools in Folsom are Folsom High School and Vista del Lago High School, also referred to as “Vista.” Vista opened in 2007 and was recently named a 2016-17 Gold Ribbon School for their academic and performance achievements. In 2013, Folsom High School had an API Score of 869 and Vista del Lago High School had an API Score of 866. For more information, here’s a full list of the educational institutions in Folsom, California.
Davis is a vibrant college town community with a population of around 68,000. The town puts on the “Celebrate Davis” festival annually while the students of UC Davis organize the “Whole Earth Festival” and “Picnic Day” festival annually as well, so you’ll always have free entertainment to attend. Davis also pays tribute to their extensive history as a farming community, so you’ll also be able to attend the farmers market twice a week.
If you plan on commuting to Sacramento from Davis, you can expect to drive for about 30-35 minutes without traffic. You’ll want a reliable car for commutes to Sacramento and a bicycle for cruising around Davis.
Education in Davis, CA
Davis is home to the University of California, Davis, also known as UC Davis. They are a public research university with most students pursuing majors in biological and biomedical sciences, social sciences, psychology, engineering and agriculture. UC Davis has been awarded for numerous sustainability accomplishments, including sustainable transportation, waste reduction and more.
The campus itself is surrounded by lush wildlife and beautiful trees. You’ll find more bikes than cars at UC Davis, so if you love running or biking, definitely try out the Arboretum Trail.
Davis has 16 K-12 public district schools as well. For more information take a look at the educational institutions in Davis, California.
Travel Destinations and Things to Do
Sacramento and the surrounding suburban towns are all relatively the same distance to popular destinations. Some popular travel destinations are:
- San Francisco – 1 hour and 30-minute drive (approx.)
- Lake Tahoe – 2 hour drive (approx.)
- Yosemite National Park – 3 hours and 20-minute drive (approx.)
- Burney Falls – 3 hours and 30-minute drive (approx.)
- Mount Shasta – 3 hours and 30-minute drive (approx.)
- Redwood National Park – 5 hours and 40-minute drive (approx.)
If you feel like staying close to home, you can always find things to do in Sacramento. History lovers will enjoy Capitol Park, Sutter’s Fort and historic Old Sacramento.
Interested in moving to the Sacramento area? Contact John Stark at (916) 705-8627.
Author: Brennan Flentge