Davis, California, City and Higher Education Facts

Davis, California, might be best known as the home of the University of California at Davis, a world-renowned research institution focused on the arts, humanities, engineering and agricultural research. Read about it here.

Information about Davis

Davis is a community in Yolo County, California, in the Sacramento metropolitan area. The population of more than 66,000 had a median household income of $57,454, from 2010-2014. Davis is notable for being among the most well-educated cities in the United States; nearly 71 percent of adult residents 25 years or older held a bachelor's degree or higher. The University of California at Davis is a major cultural influence on the city and contributes greatly to the high level of education among residents.

The climate is generally quite sunny, with a few inches of rain in December through March. The greater Sacramento area is home to a number of recreational offerings, including the Sacramento Ballet and the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra. The leading local newspaper, the Sacramento Bee, has won numerous awards for its investigative reporting, including six Pulitzer Prizes. Davis itself is recognized for being one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country, with residents commuting to work by bicycle and local laws mandating that major new developments include bicycle infrastructure.

Higher Education

Ranked the 41st top school in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2016, UC-Davis enrolls more than 34,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. The school has a highly decorated faculty, including Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder. Other schools in the area include Woodland Community College; Sacramento City College, a two-year community college in Sacramento; and California State University at Sacramento.

Economy and Employment

The University of California at Davis dominates the economic life of the town, while other top employers include the City of Davis and Sutter Davis Hospital. Census data from 2012 reported that the city had about 2,400 people employed in health care and social assistance. Retail trade employed about 2,000 people, while professional, scientific, and technical services employed about 1,500 people.

Next: View Schools

Popular Schools

The listings below may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users.

Find your perfect school

What is your highest level of education?