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    Sacramento shows up in a lot of rankings--some silly, some serious. Here's a sampling of recent surveys illustrated with photos from The Bee's archive.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • No. 1: Best Cycling Towns

    Davis is tops for biking as judged by the USA Today Readers' Choice contest. Sacramento comes in ninth in the top ten list.
    Tim Reese | treese@sacbee.com
  • No. 13: Migration Destinations

    U-Haul's 2013 National Migration Trend Report ranked Sacramento ninth in its list of the top 50 destinations for movers renting the company's trucks. Houston, for the second year in a row, was number one.
    Bryan Patrick | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 2: Open Cities

    Sacramento is the second most transparent city, according to the U.S. City Open Data Census, which ranks city governments for easy public access to data and documents, including such things as city contracts, budget numbers, 311 call data and police statistics, campaign finance data, property information, restaurant health inspections, etc.
    Renee C. Byer | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • No. 99: Allergy Capitals

    Measured by pollen score, use of allergy medicines and the number of allergists per capita, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ranked Sacramento 99 out of 100 in its 2013 survey of the worst cities for allergies.
    José Luis Villegas | The Sacramento Bee
  • No. 97: Labor Market for Young Adults

    Using a number of measures -- "employment rates, labor force underutilization, unemployment, and year-round joblessness" -- a Brookings study ranked the Sacramento region 97th out of the largest 100 labor markets for young adults, 20-24.
    JAY MATHER | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 41: Best Business Schools

    The Graduate School of Management at University of California, Davis earned the 41st spot in the latest U.S. News college rankings. The survey took into consideration factors such as student performance, quality assessment surveys by recruiters and peers and job placement success.
    Anne Chadwick Williams | awilliams@sacbee.com
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    No. 1: Teaching/Research in Agriculture/Forestry

    QS World University Rankings anointed UC Davis the top school for research and teaching in agriculture and forestry.
    Brian Baer | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 21: Yuppie Price Index

    Looking at the relative cost of such things as pedicures, massages, yoga classes, health clubs and other services, the website Locality developed a price index for young urban professionals. Sacramento ranks 21st among the top 30 DMAs. San Francisco is number one.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
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    No. 40: America's Most Literate Cities

    Factoring six key indicators of literacy: newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment, and Internet resources, Central Connecticut State University found Sacramento be the 40th most literate city in the nation. Number one in 2013 was Washington, D.C.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
  • No. 198: Affordable Cities

    The annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey ranks cities by a comparing a region's median home price to median income. In 2014 Sacramento came in 198th nationally and 240th internationally.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
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    No. 9: Sustainable Colleges

    A ranking based on such factors as green campus buildings and efficient energy, waste water and transportation systems, put UC Davis ninth in a worldwide survey of 301 colleges conducted by Universitas Indonesia.
    Andy Alfaro | aalfaro@sacbee.com
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    No. 9: Pot-Friendly Cities

    Looking at a variety of factors, including state laws and the number of dispensaries, head shops and residents with medical marijuana cards, the real estate website Movoto dubbed Sacramento the ninth "highest" city in the country.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    No. 1: Top 30 Coffees of 2013

    Coffee Review gave top honors to Temple Coffee and Tea's "Ethiopia Yirgacheffe ECX." The online publication's ranking is "based on quality (represented by overall score), value (reflected by most affordable price per pound), and a ranking of other factors that include distinctiveness of style, uniqueness of origin or tree variety, certification, and general rarity."
    Michael Allen Jones | mjones@sacbee.com
  • No. 13: NBA's Most Affordable Home Games

    By calculating the median cost of tickets, beer, soda, hot dogs and parking for a family of four, NerdWallet ranked the Sacramento Kings games 13th most affordable out of 30 NBA teams.
    Hector Amezcua | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 16: Fastest Housing Market

    The Sacramento region was ranked the 16th speediest home-selling area among 23 major U.S. metropolitan markets that were monitored in Oct. 2013 by < ahref="http://www.redfin.com/research/reports/real-time-fastest-markets/2013/home-buyers-sustain-pace-in-october-with-28-percent-of-homes-selling-in-two-weeks-or-less.html#.UpU4kuIyMdU">Redfin, the online real estate brokerage.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
  • No. 6: Bike Friendly Cities

    Measured in terms of miles of bike lanes, paths and routes per square mile, Sacramento is sixth of the top ten most "bike-friendly" cities, according to data gathered by the Alliance for Biking & Walking.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • No. 72: Most Bible-Minded Cities

    A Barna Group survey ranks the Sacramento region 72nd out of 96 metro areas in the percentage of people who read the Bible regularly and believe in its accuracy.
    Renee C. Byer | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • No. 3: Best Cities for Employee Engagement

    According to a study by Quantum Workplace, the Sacramento region is third in terms of "employee engagement," a measure of worker satisfaction, trust, loyalty to employers.
    JAY MATHER | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 1: Colleges Advancing Women in STEM

    The College Database recognized UC Davis as tops among the best colleges for programs advancing women in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
    Autumn Cruz | acruz@sacbee.com
  • No. 7: Prosperity Index

    The Center Strategic Economic Research ranked the Sacramento area seventh in its 2013 Prosperity Index. The index judges a region's competitive advantage by examining a number of factors under the general topics of livability, sustainability and economic health.
    Autumn Cruz | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • No. 16: Best Cities for Millennials

    The website Vocativ's new Livability Index for People Under 35 considers a range of factors: employment, compensation, cost of living, plus access to conveniences like laundromats, coffee shops and live music. Sacramento ranks 16th of the 35 top cities identified by the study.
    Jose Luis Villegas | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 46: Best College "Bang for the Buck"

    Washington Monthly rated U.S. colleges and universities for their potential for "helping nonwealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices." UC Davis comes in 46th out of 1,572 schools.
    Kevin German | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • No. 25: Top U.S. Cities for Online Fraud Origination

    An analysis of online transactions by ThreatMatrix put Sacramento 25th among 100 cities for the risk of online fraud crime.
    CHRIS CREWELL | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 1: Happiest Workers in Mid-Size Cities

    Sacramento is tops in a CareerBliss ranking of worker satisfaction in towns between 100k and 1 million population. It's based on company reviews evaluating things like compensation, company culture and senior management.
    Michael Allen Jones | mjones@sacbee.com
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    No. 39: Most Expensive Cities for Hotels

    With an average rate of $98 for the cheapest available double hotel room, Sacramento is 39th of the 50 most popular travel destinations, according to a study by CheapHotels.org. Boston is the most expensive at $242.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
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    No. 122: Best Sports Franchises

    The Sacramento Kings came in dead last in ESPN's ranking of major league clubs in four sports: baseball, basketball, football and hockey. The magazine factored together feed fan feedback and financial efficiency to determine which teams gives fans the "most bang for the buck."
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • No. 18: Energy Efficient Cities

    Factoring in government policies and actual performance, the American Council for Energy Efficient Economy ranked Sacramento 18th of the largest 34 cities in terms of energy saving.
    Anne Chadwick Williams
  • No. 327: Richest Americans

    With a net worth of $1.7 billion, Joyce Raley Teel of the Raley Supermarket family, came in 327th in the 2013 Forbes 400 listing of the nation's richest people.
    Michael A. Jones | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • No. 1: Most Amazing High School Campuses In The World

    BestEducationDegrees.com dubbed Sacramento's Inderkum High School the best campus architecture for its beauty and eco-friendly design.
    Autumn Cruz | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 5: Urban Gardening

    A new study by financial literacy and consumer advocacy website NerdWallet shows Sacramento ranks No. 5 in the United States for "Best Cities for Urban Gardening." Released this week, the study rated Washington, D.C., on top followed by Las Vegas, Phoenix and Seattle.
    Hector Amezcua | hector@hectoramezcua.com
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    No. 23: National Universities

    Rating colleges in terms of Social Mobility, Research and Public Service, Washington Monthly ranked UC Davis 23rd among U.S. universities.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
  • No. 11: Best City Bike Paths

    The Active Times web site included the 32-mile American River Bike Trail in its list of the top 19 urban bike paths.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
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    No. 24: Average Cost of Baby's First Year

    Analyzing the additional expense in five categories (housing, childcare, healthcare, baby items and energy), the real estate site Redfin ranked cities by the affordability of raising a child in its his/her first year. Sacramento comes in 24th with an estimated cost of $26,300.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
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    No. 9: Funniest cities in America

    Based on its comedy clubs and comedy festival, the real estate site Movoto put Sacramento in the top ten funniest cities.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
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    No. 4: America's Greenest Colleges

    In 2013, The Sierra Club dropped UC Davis from number one to number four in its annual ranking of commitment to the environment and sustainability. The group judged campuses by 11 criteria including teaching, research, energy use, transportation, planning and investing.
    Andy Alfaro | aalfaro@sacbee.com
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    No.3: Most Expensive Airports

    First quarter 2013 data released by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics shows Sacramento International Airport is 73rd in a ranking of major aiports by average per passenger fare. Huntsville, Ala., is tops.
    Dick Schmidt | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • No. 10: Unfriendliest Cities

    Readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine ranked Sacramento the tenth most unfriendly city in the country. One reader commented that it’s a “bit dingy, for being capital of such a beautiful state” and labels the city as “not very impressive or classy or interesting.”
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
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    No. 16: Best Cities for Employment Satisfaction

    Based on surveys on compensation, benefits, management, local quality of life and other factors, Glassdoor ranked Sacramento 16th among the largest 50 cities for employee satisfaction.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
  • No. 2: Electric Utility Customer Satisfaction

    J.D. Power found SMUD to be number two in a survey of residential customer satisfaction among large electric utilities in the western states.
    LEILANI HU | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • No. 1: Most Valuable Minor League Baseball Team

    Valued at $38 million, Forbes dubbed the River Cats the most valuable minor league team.
    Kim D. Johnson | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • No. 41: Best Children's Hospital for Orthopedics

    UC Davis Medical Center ranks high nationally in a number of specialties in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. It's 41st in pediatric orthopedics.
    Florence Low | The Sacramento Bee
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    No. 4: Best Cities to Be a Chicken

    The real estate site Redfin says Sacramento is the fourth best city for chickens. That's based on the number of new homes with chicken enclosures.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
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    No. 1: Bedbug Calls

    Pest control company Terminix reports that Sacramento showed the largest increase in customer calls about bedbugs in 2013 compared to the same period in 2012.
    Photographer: Piotr Naskrecki
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    No. 9: Best City Fleets

    The City of Sacramento's vehicle maintenance operation was ranked number nine by the 100 Best Fleets competition. Criteria used in judging include technological innovation and fuel and cost efficiencies.
    Autumn Cruz | acruz@sacbee.com
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    No. 25: Best Cities for July 4th Celebrations

    Using a variety of factors, such as food and lodging costs, weather, traffic, availability of dining and entertainment establishments, the website Card Hub ranked the Sacramento region 25th out of 30 metropolitan areas for Independence Day fun.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
  • UC Davis Formula Hybrid

    No. 10: Smartest Cities

    Luminosity, maker of brain-training games, ranked Davis the 10th "smartest" city based on the cognitive performance scores of over 1 million customers spread across the country.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Sacramento State College of Arts and Letters graduating students during Winter Commencement ceremonies Friday at Sleep Train Arena.

    No. 42: Most Educated MSA

    According to statistics compiled by the Lumina Foundation, the Sacramento area is 42nd out of the top 100 regions in terms of the percentage of adults who have earned at least a two-year college degree.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
  • No. 2: Most Eye Healthy Cities

    A Vision Service Plan study ranked Sacramento second of 100 metropolitan areas in terms of the percentage of people who routinely get eye examinations as part of their ongoing health care. Boise is tops in the survey.
    CHRIS CREWELL | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 3: Library of the Year

    The Sacramento Public Library was honored with second special mention in the 2013 Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year competition. Judges consider the facility's service philosophy and contribution to the community.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • No. 6: Clean Tech Leadership

    Using nearly two dozen factors, including clean electricity, green buildings and carbon management, Clean Edge ranked the Sacramento region 6th out of 50 large metro areas for leadership in clean technology.
    Andy Alfaro | Andy P. Alfaro
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    No. 3: Public Park Access and Spending

    The Trust for Public Land ranked Sacramento 2nd among 40 of the largest cities in terms of public access to parks and government investment on those parks, behind only San Francisco.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
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    No. 28: Best Cities to Work for a Small Business

    Sacramento ranked 28th of the 30 largest metro areas in CardHub's survey cities most friendly to employees working in small businesses. The website looked at factors such as the number of small businesses per capita, small business vitality, unemployment and new hire earnings.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • No. 7: American Fitness Index

    Looking at a wide variety of health and fitness measures, the American College of Sports Medicine ranked Sacramento the sixth fittest among the top 50 metro areas.
    Randy Pench | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • No. 10: Best Cities for Women in the Workforce

    Based on an analysis of women's median salaries compared to men's, NerdWallet ranked the Sacramento region 10th nationwide among large cities in its "Best Cities for Women in the Workforce" study.
    Leilani Hu | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • No. 1: Most Bikeable Neighborhoods

    Scored by such favors as bike lines, hills, destinations and road connectivity, Atlantic Cities crowned Old North Davis the number one bikeable neighborhood. Other Davis areas and some in Sacramento also made the top 25 list.
    Tim Reese | treese@sacbee.com
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    No. 29: Best Cities for Summer Travel

    CardHub analyzed the largest 30 metro areas for cost and convenience of foreign and domestic travel this (2013) summer. Sacramento came in 29th, Chicago first.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Bad pit bulls

    No. 9: Postal Service Dog Attacks

    With 29 dog attacks on U.S. Postal Service workers, Sacramento ranked 9th in 2012, tied with Baltimore. Los Angeles was tops with 69 attacks.
    Andy Alfaro | aalfaro@sacbee.com
  • Sierra Stampede Rodeo and Festival

    No. 8: Most Redneck Cities

    Judging by such diverse factors as per capita Walmart and cowboy boot stores, country radio stations, taxidermists and nearby NASCAR racetracks, Movoto ranked Sacramento eighth of the 10 most redneck cities in America.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
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    No. 5: Best Cities for Biking

    Judged by "miles of bike path and lanes per 100,000 people, percentage of workers who commute by bike and density of urban destinations," CreditDonkey says Sacramento is the fifth best city for cyclists.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
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    No. 15: Most Social Media Friendly Police Departments

    By evaluating police use of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other sites, MPHProgramsList.com ranked the Sacramento Police the 15th most social media friendly out of the largest 100 municipal departments. Dallas topped the list.
    Brian Baer | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • No. 18: Best Colleges for Food in America

    According to a study by The Daily Meal, UC Davis ranks 18th of 52 campus dining programs. Food services were judged by use of healthy, local and sustainable food, as well as other factors.
    CHRIS CREWELL | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • No. 9: Biggest Solar Utility

    The website ThinkProgress ranked electric utilities by the amount of power generated annually from solar sources. SMUD was ninth; PG&E first.
    Jose M. Osorio | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 4: Best Cities for Nerds

    Factoring in such things as the number of comic book, video game, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy conventions, the number of residents per comic book and video stores, renaissance fairs, etc., the blog siteMovoto declared Sacramento the fourth best city for nerds. Atlanta, surprisingly, was number one, followed by Portland and Seattle.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
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    No. 4: Best Airport Customer Service

    Based on what travelers say about airport ambiance, service, security, parking, food, retail, bathrooms and cleanliness, Airports Council International ranked Sacramento International fourth best among U.S. airports.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
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    No. 10: Best U.S. Destinations for Your Vacation Dollar

    Sacramento placed tenth in Hotwire's 2013 True Value Index, a study of vacation destinations where visitors get the most for their money. Orlando and Atlanta came out on top.
    Manny Crisostomo | The Sacramento Bee
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    No. 1: Housing Inventory Contraction

    Zillow reports that Sacramento is tops among the 30 largest markets in terms of decline in housing inventory for the year-over-year period ending late Feb. 2013.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
  • No. 8: Short Sale Market

    Sacramento was the nation's No. 8 market for short-sale home purchases in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to housing tracker RealtyTrac.
    Andy Alfaro | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    Among the Top 100 Hospitals

    Two local facilities are on Truven Health Analytics' list of the top hospitals in the nation. Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, made the 2013 list among top teaching hospitals, and Sutter Davis was listed in the subset of small community hospitals.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Not on List: Most Miserable U.S. Cities

    For the first time since 2009, Sacramento does not appear on the Forbes list of miserable cities. Sacramento was number five in 2011 and 2012.
    Anne Chadwick Williams | awilliams@sacbee.com
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    No. 5: Home Value Appreciation

    With a year-over-year 13.7 percent increase in home values, the Sacramento area came in fifth in home appreciation, according to data complied by the real estate website, Zillow.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • No. 34: Best Credit Scores

    According to TransUnion, the Sacramento region ranks 34 out of 100 metro areas in terms of average credit score. The San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara MSA took the top spot.
    OWEN BREWER | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 3: Hottest Housing Market

    ZipRealty Inc. of Emeryville said Sacramento placed No. 3 in a survey of 32 markets. The markets were ranked according to median sale price compared to the seller's list price.
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    No. 25: Top Law Schools

    Based on graduate student comments and reviews, Graduateprograms.com rated UC Davis 25th in a list of the top U.S. law schools.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • No. 17: Top Colleges Producing Peace Corps Volunteers

    The U.S. Peace Corps announced that UC Davis is 17th nationally in the number of volunteers coming out of a single campus.
    Andy Alfaro | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    In Top Ten: Best Cities for Urban Forests

    American Forests recognized Sacramento for its commitment to the ongoing health and vitality of the city's trees. Criteria includes excellent civic engagement, planning, management and accessibility.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
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    No. 9: Most Frugal City

    Measured by its total coupon use, the website Coupons.com ranked Sacramento the ninth most frugal city.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    No. 41: Largest Transit Agencies

    With 33,191.5 unlinked passenger trips in 2010, the American Public Transportation Association ranked Sacramento 41 out of thee 50 largest transit systems in the country.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
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    No. 11: Most Valuable NBA Teams

    Valued at $525 million, the Sacramento Kings comes in 11th in a ranking by Forbes magazine.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • No. 9: Highest IT Salaries

    At $90,127, Sacramento is ninth among cities with the highest salaries for IT professionals, according to study published in InfoWorld.
    Jose M. Osorio | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 182: Best Performing Cities

    The Milken Institute ranked the Sacramento region 182 out of 200 metropolitan areas in terms of job creation and economic growth. Measures include job, wage and salary, and technology growth.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
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    No. 18: Worst Run Cities in America

    Taking into consideration several city management, overall economic and other quality of life measures, the website 24/7 Wall St. ranked Sacramento the 18th worst run city out of a field of 100 largest U.S. cities.
    Renee C. Byer | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    Top Ten: Places to Visit (and drink in)

    On the basis of Sacramento's Midtown Cocktail Week, proximity to wine country and lively restaurant scene, Imbibe Magazine included the region in its Top Ten places to visit in 2013.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
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    No. 3: Top Home Sale Market

    The real estate site Zillow ranked the Sacramento region third for home sellers. San Jose and Sacramento came in first and second in the national survey.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • No. 12: America's Dirtiest Cities

    On the basis of bad ozone and particulate air pollution, Forbes magazine dubbed the Sacramento region 12th in its list of the 20 dirtiest cities in the United States. The list is dominated by California cities with Fresno on top.
    CHRIS CREWELL | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 4: Least-Busy Airports for Thanksgiving

    Reviewing flight bookings at the top 50 airports, Orbitz came up with a list of the busiest and least-busy venues for Thanksgiving travel. Sacramento International was the fourth least-busy. Most busy was O'Hare International in Chicago.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
  • No. 2: Top Turnaround Housing Markets

    For third quarter of 2012, Sacramento emerged as the number two housing market in terms of year-over-year reduction of inventory, according to figures analyzed by Realtor.com.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
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    No. 6: Home Affordability

    Sacramento comes in sixth of 25 largest cities in the Interest.com Home Affordability Index, which is calculated by comparing an area's median home price with its median income.
    jvillegas@sacbee.com | The Sacramento Bee
  • No. 1: Least Calamitous City

    Men's Health Magazine considered the number of major disasters, as well as total storm events, and the subsequent death, injury and property damage, to rank 100 municipalities from "least calamitous" to "most calamitous". Sacramento is the number one safe city; Oklahoma City the most dangerous.
    Autumn Cruz | acruz@sacbee.com
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    No. 4: U.S. Metro Clean Tech Index

    Sacramento comes in fourth in the new clean tech index compiled by Clean Edge using "nearly two dozen indicators in four categories: green buildings; advanced transportation; clean electricity & carbon management; and clean-tech investment, innovation, & workforce."
    Randall Benton | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 17: Best State University Graduation Rate

    UC Davis is the 17th best when it comes to graduation rates at 4-year public universities, according to stats compiled by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
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    No. 4: Top 10 GTL Cities

    Based on numbers of check-ins to gyms, tanning salons, and laundromats, the location-based social media site Foursquare anoints Sacramento the fourth top GTL city.
    Andy Alfaro | aalfaro@sacbee.com
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    Among the 100 Best Communities for Young People

    The America's Promise Alliance doesn't rank places for the nurturing of youth, but does evaluate the best communities in the general categories of caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, effective education, opportunities to help others. Sacramento County finds a place in the list for a variety of effective governmental and non-governmental programs that serve young people.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
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    In Top 10: Unexpectedly Romantic Cities

    Cited for its "river views and earthly adventures," Yahoo! Travel included Sacramento as one of its 10 surprisingly romantic locales for couples.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    No. 34: Best Cities for Dogs

    Taking into account things like number of dog parks, vets, pet-friendly apartments, shelters, pet stores, as well as laws against animal cruelty, dog fighting, and puppy mills, Men's Health ranked Sacramento 34th is a survey of 100 big cities.
    Autumn Cruz | acruz@sacbee.com
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    No. 5: Most Expensive Sushi

    Based on price surveys of local restaurants, Bloomberg determined that Sacramento has the fifth most expensive sushi. New York has the most expensive.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    No. 25: America's Best Bike Cities

    Based on hard data and the opinions of local advocates, Bicycling Magazine ranked Sacramento 25th of the top 50 bike friendly cities.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
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    No. 121: Ultimate Team Rankings

    ESPN ranked the Kings 121st out of 122 U.S. professional sports franchises in terms of a variety of criteria including fan satisfaction, quality of ownership and coaching, team performance and other factors.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
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    No. 6: Most Fun, Affordable Cities

    With 188 bars and restaurants and a median home price of $228,500, Sacramento's central city (zip 95814) was ranked sixth in Businessweek's listing of the most fun, affordable cities.
    Renee C. Byer
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    No. 140: America's Safest Driving Cities

    Allstate Insurance Co. ranks places in terms of the frequency of collisions experienced by the average driver. Sioux Falls is tops with an auto crash every 13.8 years for the hypothetical driver. Sacramento, with 8.4 years, comes in at 140 out of 200 cities surveyed.
    Florence Low | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 259: Charitable Giving

    At 4 percent of household income donated to charities, the Sacramento area comes in 259 of 366 U.S. metropolitan areas, according to a study by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • No. 6: Watercraft Thefts

    With 40 reported in 2011, the National Insurance Crime Bureau put Sacramento sixth in the top ten cities for boat thefts.
    Dick Schmidt | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 27: Worst Airports for Spreading Disease

    In their study of how a disease like H1N1 or SARS might spread internationally, MIT researchers examined the risk of transmitting illness at the 40 largest airports. Sacramento ranked 27th. New York JFK, Los Angeles and Honolulu Airports came in first, second and third, respectively.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
  • No. 11: Top Metro Foreclosure Rate

    The Sacramento area has the 11th highest foreclosure rate among the nation's largest MSAs, according to the 2012 midyear report from RealtyTrac.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 60: Worker Access to Jobs Via Public Transit

    The Brookings Institution says the Sacramento area ranks 60 out of 100 MSAs in terms of the percentage of workers who can commute to their workplaces within 90 minutes via public transit.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
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    No. 100: Top 100 Retailers

    The Raley's chain of grocery stories managed to remain in the 2012 list of the top retailers, as compiled by the National Retail Federation which used total national retail sales as measure.
    Lezlie Sterling | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 44: America's Manliest Cities

    Sacramento comes in a weak 44rd in a manliness study of the top 50 metropolitan areas. The snack brand Combos commissioned Sperling's BestPlaces to do this dubious survey. Sperling considered various factors, including the presence or absence of "manly" sports, hobbies, occupations, retail stores, as well of the robust sale of non-nutritious snacks.
    Brian Baer | sabeephotos@sacbee.com
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    No. 13: Vehicle Thefts

    In 2011 the Sacramento area fell from 6th to 13th place in the rate of vehicle thefts, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Fresno remained in the number one spot.
    Andri Tambunan | atambunan@sacbee.com
  • No. 1: Most Valuable Minor League Team

    Forbes magazine reported that the Sacramento River Cats, valued at $32 million, is the most valuable team in minor league baseball.
    Randy Pench | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 3: Healthiest Eaters

    According to a survey of residents' eating habits conducted by Sperling's Best Places, Sacramento region's residents are ranked third for eating healthy.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • No.6: Highest Small Business Bankruptcies

    With 108 in March 2012, the Sacramento area had the sixth highest number of small bankruptcies, according to MSA-level data provided by Equifax.
    Andy Alfaro | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • No. 38: Small Business Friendly Cities

    Thumbtack.com, in conjunction with the Kauffman Foundation, conducted a national survey to rank larger cities for their friendliness to small business. The study asked about taxation, licensing, zoning, regulation and other factors. Sacramento came in last at number 38.
    Carl Costas | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 9: California's Friendliest Cities

    According to the "Friendship Index" developed by the social network Tagged, Sacramento is ninth of the state's ten largest cities in terms of "friend requests, virtual gift giving and other expressions of adoration."
    Florence Low | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • Tom Dieckmann sells produce at the Davis Farmers Market

    America’s Favorite Farmers Markets

    The Davis Farmers Market was among the nation's top large-size markets in a popularity contest conducted by the American Farmland Trust
    Anne Chadwick Williams | awilliams@sacbee.com
  • No. 15: Best Places for New College Graduates

    Using such factors such unemployment rate, salary levels and housing costs, The Atlantic Cities ranked the Sacramento area 15th among major metros for recent college graduates.
    MANNY CRISOSTOMO | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 453: Best High Schools

    Davis High School was ranked 453rd among the top 4,877 secondary schools in the nation, according to the 2012 U.S. News & World Report compilation. DHS was 84th among California schools.
    Bart Ah You 051700 | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 4: Fastest-Growing Cities for Technology Jobs

    The Dice report says Sacramento is the fourth fastest growing city for tech jobs. That's based on the number of jobs postest by zip code in March 2012 compared to march 2011. Raleigh, N.C., is first.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
  • No. 11: Best Cities for Women

    Sacramento ranks 11th out of the 25 most populous metros for the well-being of women, according to Measure of America. The research group used women's educational attainment, life expectancy and median income in its scoring.
    Laura Chun | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 6: Highest Foreclosure Rate

    The research company RealtyTrac found the Sacramento area to have the sixth highest foreclosure rate among U.S. metros with at least 200,000 population.
    MICHAEL ALLEN JONES | Bee file, 2008
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    No. 89: Most e-Literate Cities

    Judging by the number of Kindles and other e-readers put up for resale, Priceonomics ranked Sacramento 89th of 94 cities for their "e-literacy." Lexington, Ky. was tops. Fresno came in last.
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    No. 46: Job Creating Cities

    According to Gallup's Job Creation Index, Sacramento ranked 46th of the 50 largest cities in terms of net job generation. The Index balances layoffs with hires. Oklahoma City was tops in 2011. Providence, R.I. the worst.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • No. 13: Vehicle Injury Crash Rating

    The state Office of Traffic Safety determined that Sacramento had the worst injury crash record of the 13 largest California cities. The study considered per capita injury and fatality crashes, alcohol-related crashes, and injuries involving pedestrians and bicyclists.
    Carl Costas | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 31: Overall Health

    A county-level survey by the University of Wisconsin ranked Sacramento County 31st in the state in overall health. The study looked at a variety of factors, including health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors and physical environment. Placer came in 4th, Yolo 7th and El Dorado 9th.
    Andy Alfaro | aalfaro@sacbee.com
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    No. 8: Most Stressful Cities

    Sperling’s BestPlaces, a research firm specializing in livability rankings, analyzed a variety of factors (including suicide, divorce, alcohol use, crime, joblessness and lengthy commuting) to determine the most stressful U.S. metropolitan areas. Sacramento landed in the top ten (#8) with Tampa, Fla. leading the list.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • No. 88: Well-Being

    The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is a composite score of sub-indices: life evaluation, emotional health, physical health, healthy behavior, work environment and basic access. The Sacramento region ranked 88th of 190 metro areas. Lancaster, Pa. is number one.
    Lezlie Sterling | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 2: Best Veterinary Medicine Program

    The latest U.S. News ranking of graduate schools dubbed the UC Davis vet school number two in the nation. (Cornell is number one.) UCD also scored well in biological/agricultural engineering (#7) and rural medicine (#9). Sac State's best ranked graduate program was rehabilitation counseling (#71).
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • No. 23: Most Valuable NBA Team

    According to Forbes magazine, the Sacramento Kings rates a paltry 23 out of 30 professional basketball teams in terms of value. The magazine estimates the Kings 2011 value at $300 million, up two percent from the previous year. The Los Angeles Lakers are tops at $900 million, up 40 percent from 2010.
    Michael A. Jones | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 20: Best Values in Public Colleges

    Klipinger Magazine compared measures of academic quality against the cost of attending the institution and found that UC Davis was the 20th best value for in-state students and 22nd for out-of-state ones. The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill was number one for both types of students.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • No. 20: Most Handsome City

    Ranked 20 of 20 major cities, a Living Social survey of residents found Sacramento to have the least attractive men. (Only 23 percent agreed with the statement "men in my city are handsome.") On the other hand, the same study ranked Sacramento the 15th vainest city.
    Michael A. Jones | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 99: Best Business Cities

    Sacramento scored 99th out of 102 metro areas in the Wall Street Journal MarketWatch ranking of the best cities for business. The publication considered business concentration, unemployment, job growth, population growth, personal income and local economic output in its tabulations.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
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    No. 24: Walkability

    Using an algorithm that measures foot traffic proximity to amenities, the advocacy group Walk Score ranked Sacramento 24th out of the 50 largest cities for walkability.
    Randall Benton | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • No. 21: Suburbanization of Poverty

    The Brookings Institution ranked Sacramento 21st out of the largest 100 metro areas in the growth of poverty in its suburbs. As its measure, Brookings tracked the migration of low-income people who receive housing choice vouchers (HCV) provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
    Jay Mather | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 47: America's Luckiest Cities

    Using a variety of stats: lottery and sweepstake winnings, golf holes-in-one, lightening strike deaths, etc, Men's Health magazine determined that Sacramento was the 47th luckiest out of the largest 100 U.S. cities. San Diego is the most blessed.
    Randall Benton | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • No. 21: Most Dangerous Areas for Pedestrians

    Comparing the number of pedestrian deaths against overall population, the advocacy group Transportation for America ranked Sacramento the 21st most dangerous metro area for walkers.
    Jay Mather | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • No. 20: America's Most Caffeinated Cities.

    Based on a survey of coffee shop sales, the National Coffee Association concluded that Sacramento is the 20th most caffeinated city. Chicago beat out New York for the top spot. Seattle, home of Starbucks, is number three.
    Anne Chadwick Williams | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 19: Dining Scene Satisfaction

    Sacramento was second to the bottom in a Living Social survey of 20 metropolitan dining scenes. Consumers were asked about their dining habits, favorite food choices and how they rank their city's overall food scene. New York had the most satisfied diners.
    HU | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • No. 30: Most Generous Tippers

    Sacramento at 18.7 percent was slightly below the national average of 19.2 percent in Zagat's survey of tipping rates in 31 restaurant markets. New Orleans was tops at 19.7 percent.
    OWEN BREWER | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 13: Most Protective Parents in America

    Judged by how many time per month the average parent checks the location of a child's cellphone, Safety, the parenting division of Location Labs, determined the 15 cities with the most protective parents. Sacramento came in 13th. Los Angeles number one.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    No. 12: Clean Economy Jobs

    Sacramento is 12th out of 100 metropolitan areas in terns of the number of so-called "clean" economy jobs, according to a Brookings Institution report. The region is seventh in terms of growth of the clean job sector.
    Autumn Cruz | acruz@sacbee.com
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    No. 11: Top Cities for Staying Young

    Analyzing such factors such as cholesterol, smoking, marital status, eating habits, stress, employment, social life and alcohol, Real Age magazine ranked the Sacramento metro area 11th as a place to stay youthful. The San Francisco Bay Area scored best.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
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    No. 11: Bicycle Commuters

    In 2010 the League of American Bicyclists found Sacramento to be 11th out of 70 cities in per capita bicycle commuters. Portland was no. 1. The survey was based on U.S. census reports on commuting preferences.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • No. 11: America's Most Gluttonous Cities

    How do you measure gluttony? The Daily Meal looked at data from "the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control on the number of grocery stores and supermarkets per capita, the number of fast-food establishments, the number of full-service restaurants, and rates of obesity". The verdict? New York was tops among the top 20 cities. Sacramento was 11th.
    ERHARDT KRAUSE | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • No. 10: Cities Most Vulnerable to Online Threats

    The Internet security company AVG Technologies ranked Sacramento 10th among 35 cities deemed to be the most at-risk of online mischief like identity and credit card theft, email breaches and loss of personal information. The firm studied relevant consumer behavior: using secure passwords, installing anti-virus software, backing up data, etc.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • No. 10: American Fitness Index

    The American College of Sports Medicine ranked Sacramento 10th on its American Fitness Index that covered the 50 largest metropolitan areas. Researchers looked at many factors, including personal health behaviors, chronic health problems, as well as recreational facilities, park-related expenditures, and physical education requirements. Number one in the study was the Minneapolis metro area.
    HU | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 9: America's Pink Slip Capitals

    Forbes dubbed Sacramento the ninth worst city for pink slips based on the raw number of employees affected by mass layoffs in the first quarter of 2011. Leading the pack were Los Angeles and New York.
    Brian Baer | sabeephotos@sacbee.com
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    No. 9: Social Media and City Government

    A University of Illinois of social media use by government ranked Sacramento nine of 75 cities in terms of online civic engagement.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    No. 8: Greenest Buildings

    In 2011 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that the Sacramento area had risen to eighth place in the number of energy-efficient buildings. Los Angeles was tops with 510 Energy Star certified structures. Sacramento had 168.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
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    No. 7: Cities with the Happiest Young Professionals

    According to the online site Careerbliss.com Sacramento ranked ninth among 20 cities said to be the happiest for young professionals (defined as workers with less than 10 years’ experience in a full-time job). The survey judged workplace happiness in terms of growth opportunities, compensation, benefits, work-life balance, career advancement, senior management, job security and other factors. Topping the list was Redmond, Wash. (home of Microsoft).
    Autumn Cruz | acruz@sacbee.com
  • No. 7: California's Top Solar Cities

    In terms of solar electric capacity, Sacramento is 7th among California cities, according to a study by the research group Next 10.
    Andy Alfaro | Andy P. Alfaro
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    No. 6: America's Most Fun, Affordable Cities

    The Sacramento region came in sixth in Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Company's survey of 25 metro areas with affordable homes and a large number of bars and restaurants. Number one: Ocean City, Md.
    Florence Low | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 6: Best City to Trick-or-Treat

    The online real estate site Zillow ranked Sacramento 6th among the 20 best cities for Halloween trick-or-treaters. Zillow looked at walkability scores, crime data, housing values and population density.
    Dick Schmidt | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 6: America's Worst Cities for Finding a Job

    With 2.7 job seekers per online job listing, Sacramento is the sixth worst metro area for finding employment, according to a Forbes survey. Miami is the worst city with 4.37 seekers per posting.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • No. 6: High Ozone Days

    In its 2012 State of the Air report the American Lung Association ranked Sacramento sixth among 277 metropolitan areas for the number of high ozone days. The Los Angeles-Long Beach region came in tops.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • No. 5: Best U.S. Airports for Tech Travelers

    Based on the tech-friendly features of its new Terminal B, PC World ranked Sacramento International number five in the top 20 airports for gadget-carrying flyers.
    Bryan Patrick
  • No. 4: Deficient Bridges

    Of the top ten most populated metro areas, Sacramento is fourth in the percentage of its bridges which are deemed "structurally-deficient" by the Federal Highway Administration. Some 211 bridges in the region (15.4 percent) are "in need of more frequent monitoring and critical, near-term maintenance, rehabilitation or replacement," according to the advocacy group Transportation for America. Pittsburgh is tops with 1,133 deficient bridges (30.4 percent).
    Carl Costas | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 2: Retirement Readiness

    Ameriprise deemed Sacramento number two among 30 metropolitan areas in terms of financial readiness for retirement. The research group based its ranking on a national online survey measuring "consumers’ likelihood to have determined the amount of money they need to save for retirement and their actual saving habits."
    Florence Low | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 1: Top Digital Cities

    Roseville's municipal government was judged the best for technology adoption among cities of comparable size. The Center for Digital Government ranked cities on a formula based in part on the use of technology, operating efficiencies and meeting goals in the current economic climate.
    MANNY CRISOSTOMO | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    No. 98: Collegiate Power Rankings

    UC Davis is 98th in a comprehensive athletic/academic ranking of Division I, II and III colleges and universities, according to the National Collegiate Scouting Association. UCD is 49th among the Division I schools. NCSA averaged the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup score, the NCAA student-athlete graduation rate and the U.S. News & World Report academic ranking.
    Brian Baer | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • No. 3: Fastest-Growing New Car Markets

    In terms of percent change in the number of new car registrations, Edmunds.com ranks Sacramento the third fastest growing new car market in 2010-11 (January thru July). Atlanta is number one.
    Florence Low | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • No. 44: Best Cities for Auto Repair

    Using undercover shoppers, AutoMD.com judged the largest 50 cities for fairness in car repair pricing. Memphis ranked as the best city for price fairness and consistency. Chicago ranked the worst. Sacramento came in 44th.
    John Decker | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • No. 72: Asthma Capitals

    Looking at a variety of factors such as pollen, air quality, smoking laws, morbidity and mortality stats, medication use and access to specialist care, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ranked the 100 most challenging places to live with asthma. Richmond was No. 1 and, surprisingly, Sacramento ranked 72nd.
    Hector Amezcua | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • No. 46: Best Cancer Hospitals

    UC Davis Medical Center is nationally ranked among the top hospitals specializing in cancer treatment, according to the 2012-13 Best Hospitals survey compiled by U.S. News & World Report.
    OWEN BREWER | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
Sacramento shows up in a lot of rankings--some serious, some silly. Here's a sampling of recent surveys illustrated with photos from The Bee's archive.
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