Sacramento Ranks: Sampling of recent surveys
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.
No. 6: Cities with the Most Expensive Car Insurance
Measured in terms of percent over the nationwide average annual cost of auto insurance, the Sacramento region came in sixth in a study conducted by the research firm InsuranceQuotes
No. 9: Top Public Universities
Using a wide range of factors such as graduation rate, financial aid availability, variety of academic offerings and faculty strength, U.S. News
ranked UC Davis in the 2015 top ten list of public (national) universities and colleges.
No. 6: Best Cities to Be a Real Estate Agent
considered four factors: home turnover rate, percent change in median sales price, number of homes sold per agent and median real estate agent salary to determine the best places to work as a realtor. With its 22 percent jump in home prices (2013 to 2014), Sacramento ranked number six in the top ten places.
No. 29: Most Liberal Cities
An article in American Political Science Review
, summarizing the results of seven large-scale surveys, ranked Sacramento 29th most liberal among cities over 250,000 population.
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.
No. 5: Best Cities for Pet Lovers
Using a variety of metrics, including vet costs, pet businesses per capita, good weather, pet-friendly parks and trails, WalletHub
found Sacramento to be the fifth best place for pet owners out of a field of 100 large cities.
No. 10: Ten Best Midsize Cities to Raise Children
Judged by crime rate, school performance, parks, household income and cost of living, the website MyLife.com
ranked Elk Grove among the ten best midsize cities for raising kids.
No. 14: America's Coolest Cities
How do you measure the "coolness" of a city? Forbes
magazine did it with a variety of quantitative factors: arts-culture, diversity and recreation indices; local food; population percentage of young adults; and net migration. Sacramento comes in 14th and Washington, D.C., surprisingly, is tops in the ranking.
No. 15: Best Places for STEM Graduates
Factoring in average wage, median rent and percentage of overall jobs, the website NerdWallet
found the Sacramento MSA 15th for best places of graduates in the STEM (science, technology engineering and math) fields.
No. 10: Least Stressed-Out Cities
With the shortest average work week of 55 metro areas, short commutes and a healthy lifestyle, Sacramento was ranked 10th in CNN Money's
list of the least-stressed cities. One thing that stresses the capital city: relatively high unemployment.
No. 17: Healthiest Counties for Kids
Judged by such factors as childhood poverty, low birth weight, infant death, injury death and teen pregnancy rates, U.S. News
put Placer County (17), Yolo County (30) and El Dorado County (43) among the 50 healthiest U.S. counties for children.
No. 8: Best Cities for Cats
Judged by a wide variety of factors, such as: vets, pet stores and shelters per capita; traffic score; number of cat events; and number of bird species, the real estate site Movoto
ranked Sacramento eighth in the top ten cat-friendly places.
Among the Top 22: America's Best Delis
Corti Bros. Market made Food & Wine
magazines list of the nations 22 best delicatessens.
No. 7: Public Park Access and Spending
The Trust for Public Land
ranked Sacramento seventh among 60 of the largest cities in terms of public access to parks and government investment in those parks.
No. 10: American Fitness Index
The American College of Sports Medicine
ranked Sacramento tenth 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.
No. 1: Top Family-Friendly Places to Fish & Boat
For its convenient location, abundance of fish, amenities and other qualities, Lake Berryessa is dubbed the number one spot for family recreation by the Take Me Fishing
No. 23: Most Dangerous Cities for Pedestrians
The Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville population area came in at No. 23 in a pedestrian danger index from Smart Growth America.
No. 52: World University Rankings
UC Davis tied with Brown University and Kyoto University for the 52nd spot in the 2013-14 World University Rankings
. The global survey judges institutions by evaluating "teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook."
No. 11: Most Pampered Pet Cities
Based on per capita sales of pet-related products, the retail giant Amazon
ranked Sacramento 11th among cities of more than 400,000 population.
No. 5: High Ozone Days
In its 2014 State of the Air report the American Lung Association
ranked Sacramento fifth among 277 metropolitan areas for the number of high ozone days. The Los Angeles-Long Beach region came in tops.
Among the Top 15: U.S. Hospital Systems
Sutter Healths Sacramento Sierra Region was recognized as one of the top U.S.health systems for 2014 by Truven Health Analytics
. The Truven study "analyzed data from more than 300 organizations and singled out 15 hospital systems that achieved superior clinical outcomes based on a composite score of eight measures of quality, patient perception of care and efficiency."
No. 13: Migration Destinations
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
No. 1: Top 30 Coffees of 2013
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."
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
No. 46: Best College "Bang for the Buck"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
No. 1: Most Amazing High School Campuses In The World
dubbed Sacramento's Inderkum High School the best campus architecture for its beauty and eco-friendly design.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No. 10: Unfriendliest Cities
Readers of Conde Nast Traveler
magazine ranked Sacramento the tenth most unfriendly city in the country. One reader commented that its a bit dingy, for being capital of such a beautiful state and labels the city as not very impressive or classy or interesting.
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.
No. 2: Electric Utility Customer Satisfaction
found SMUD to be number two in a survey of residential customer satisfaction among large electric utilities in the western states.
No. 1: Most Valuable Minor League Baseball Team
Valued at $38 million, Forbes
dubbed the River Cats the most valuable minor league team.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No. 10: Smartest Cities
, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No. 29: Best Cities for Summer Travel
analyzed the largest 30 metro areas for cost and convenience of foreign and domestic travel this (2013) summer. Sacramento came in 29th, Chicago first.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No. 1: Housing Inventory Contraction
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
No. 3: Hottest Housing Market
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.
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.
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.
In Top Ten: Best Cities for Urban 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.
No. 9: Most Frugal City
Measured by its total coupon use, the website Coupons.com
ranked Sacramento the ninth most frugal city.
No. 11: Most Valuable NBA Teams
Valued at $525 million, the Sacramento Kings comes in 11th in a ranking by Forbes
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No. 121: Ultimate Team Rankings
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
No. 1: Most Valuable Minor League Team
magazine reported that the Sacramento River Cats, valued at $32 million, is the most valuable team in minor league baseball.
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.
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
No. 38: Small Business Friendly Cities
, 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.
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."
Americas 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No. 8: Most Stressful Cities
, 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.
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.
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).
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.
No. 20: Best Values in Public Colleges
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No. 9: America's Pink Slip Capitals
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
No. 2: Retirement Readiness
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.