About the Sacramento, California Area

About the Sacramento, California Area

Located in the heartland of Northern California, our rapidly growing capital city of Sacramento fosters bustling commerce and industry, while never sacrificing its rich history of agriculture and natural beauty. As a result of this unique blend, Sacramento continues to draw a mosaic of souls from around the world. Indeed, Time Magazine has recently called us the "most ethnically diverse city in America." And though hundreds of churches serve the growing population, the need for loving and well-equipped ministers, counselors, teachers and business people is ever more pressing. With this in mind, we believe that Western Seminary Sacramento Campus is strategically positioned to equip people for ministry from this local and global perspective.

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Sacramento lies in the center of California's broad and fruitful Sacramento Valley, 72 miles northeast of San Francisco. Shielded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the east, the California Coast ranges to the west, and the Siskiyou Mountains to the north, the city enjoys a mild climate for most of the year. In the summer, however, “northers” blow from the Siskiyou Mountains, bearing pollens and heat. This is mitigated by Sacramento's extremely low humidity and the cool ocean breezes. The winters are mild but rainy. The annual average temperature is 59° F, with an average annual precipitation of 17.18 inches.

Cost of Living*

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1,450,121 (Sacramento County)

Median Age*

33 years


Data below reflects percentages of total population who identify as a member of that religious classification.

Catholic 16.2%
Evangelical Protestant 11.1%
Other 6.1%
Mainline protestant 2.4%
Black protestant 0.9%
Orthodox 0.4%

Ethnic Diversity*

White alone 34.5%
Hispanic 26.9%
Asian alone 18.0%
Black 13.9%
Two or more races 4.5%
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander alone 1.4%
Other race alone 0.3%

Nearby Travel Destinations

Napa Valley: 60 minutes
San Francisco Bay Area: 90 minutes
Lake Tahoe: 2 hours
Santa Cruz Beach: 2 hours 30 minutes
Monterey: 3 hours
Yosemite National Park: 4 hours
Mount Shasta: 4 hours
Mount Whitney: 5 hours

Local Recreation

  • American River Parkway - Biking, rafting, hiking
  • Golden1 Center- Sacramento Kings (Professional Basketball), concerts
  • Capitol Park - 40 acres of gardens, running trails around the capitol building
  • Folsom Lake - Swimming, boating and other water sports
  • Old Sacramento Historic Park - Riverfront shopping, dining, entertainment, museums
  • Prairie City State Park - Off-road vehicle trails and courses, professional racing
  • Raley Field - Sacramento Rivercats (AAA Baseball), concerts
  • Sacramento Convention Center - Broadway theatre, ballet, orchestra, conferences

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*statistics taken from and during August 2013