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Sacramento, California City and Higher Ed. Info

Sacramento, the state capital of California, boasts a dynamic economy and a metropolitan population of over 2 million people. Sacramento has more than a dozen nonprofit colleges and universities, include California State University at Sacramento.

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Information about Sacramento

Sacramento is a large city of around 485,000 people, based on 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimates. The area is consistently recognized as being a highly desirable place to live and for boasting one of the country's most racially integrated living environments. As of 2010, 45 percent of Sacramento residents identified as white, while nearly 15 percent identified as black or African American, more than 18 percent as Asian and nearly 27 percent as Hispanic or Latino.

Many outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the Sacramento area for its convenient proximity to a variety of natural areas. The snow-capped mountains in Lake Tahoe are only a short drive from Sacramento, making day trips to ski resorts popular among local students. Napa Valley's wine country and the other attractions of California's Central Valley are also accessible as day trips from Sacramento. The weather is pleasant and mild, with relatively warm winters that feature almost no snow.

Higher Education in Sacramento

California State University's Sacramento campus is the city's major four-year school, with slightly more than 29,000 students as of Fall 2014. Other nonprofit postsecondary schools in the city include a campus of Alliant International University and 2-year schools American River College, Cosumnes River College and Sacramento City College.

Economy and Employment in Sacramento

The state government is one of the largest employers in Sacramento. Federal and local governments are also significant sources of employment for the region. Despite being more than 40 miles inland, the inner suburb of West Sacramento operates a major deep-water port, the Port of Sacramento, which is an important center for transportation and distribution of goods. Other important drivers of Sacramento's economy include trade, transportation, utilities, professional and business services and leisure and hospitality.

For the years 2010-2014, the median household income in Sacramento was $50,013, which was significantly lower than the statewide median of $61,489. More than 20 percent of Sacramento residents lived below poverty level during that period.

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