Sacramento | World’s Best Cities


California’s state capital is peaceful and wealthy, ranking well in our Household Income category and an even better nationally in the Crime Rate sub-category. Its natural attributes also drive its livability, including epic weather, courtesy of its Mediterranean temperatures. The City of Trees—residents claim more trees per capita than anywhere besides Paris—isn’t a stranger to cataclysmic fires: the Great Conflagration of 1852 burned 40 square blocks of the fledgling city, leaving what is today called Old Sacramento, with its cobbled streets, historic buildings, steam-hauled historic trains, horse drawn carriages and the western terminus of the Pony Express. Hokey? Maybe, but it undoubtedly contributes to the city’s #16 rank for Place, a measure of neighborhoods, parks and outdoor activities. Some help from Mother Nature has stewarded the city towards declaring itself America’s “Farm to Fork Capital,” surrounded by fertile farms that feed a robust fresh-and-local ethos. Sacramento’s restaurants are only happy to tap the localism. Taste it for yourself at La Cosecha in Cesar Chavez Plaza, in the heart of the city. The place serves up another local attribute: the city ranks #11 for Foreign-born Citizens, with Time even declaring it “America’s most diverse city.”