You may envision enjoying the year-round sun and living the California lifestyle when you think of Sacramento. However, is this what it is really like? To give you a better understanding of Sacramento living, here is a short preview of the wildlife, habitat, and people that make the City of Trees what it is.
Sacramento has a population of more than 480,000 people with a diverse ethnic makeup. According to the 2010 Census, 45 percent of residents self-identify as white, almost 15 percent are African-American, nearly 27 percent are Hispanic, and more than 18 percent identify as Asian (due to category overlap, the numbers add up to more than 100 percent.) In 2010, women made up approximately 52 percent of the population, and about 12 percent of Sacramento residents were 65 years of age or over.
Sacramento’s beautiful climate and strong economy draw in residents from all over the country and beyond. Census figures show that 22 percent of Sacramento residents were born outside of the United States, and nearly 37 percent of Sacramentans speak languages other than English at home. The University of Southern California’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration provides a thorough analysis of Sacramento’s immigrant communities.
You can expect summer heat in Sacramento. The hottest month is July with average highs in the low 90s. The winters in Sacramento are relatively mild. In fact, there has not been a significant snowfall in the city in over 40 years. For three months of the year, July through September, Sacramento has been noted as the sunniest location on Earth. During these months, there is about 98 percent of the maximum possible amount of sunshine.
The major natural forces that you need to prepare for in Sacramento are flooding and fog. They are a real threat to life and property, but they are rare. On rare occasions, monsoonal moisture surges from the Desert Southwest bringing heavy rain. Sacramento is considered the second most flood susceptible city in the country behind New Orleans. December and January are the foggiest months with visibility sometimes as low as 100 feet.
Sacramento provides an extensive emergency preparedness program. In the event of an emergency, you will hear warning sirens and can get notifications by phone. You might also consider buying flood insurance and having an emergency plan in place.
Sacramento is not all floods and fog. Nature flourishes even in the city itself. The Sacramento Regional county Sanitation District posts pictures of local owls, ducks, Monarch butterflies, tree frogs, and more. There are relatively few animals or insects that are dangerous to humans in Sacramento. The Western Rattlesnake can be lethal, but they generally stay out of the city. The only flora or fauna that is a common risk is the poison oak that can be found just about everywhere.
Other acclaimed wild things in Sacramento are the wildflowers. There are resources for planting your own “wildflowers” if you want to take advantage of the native species.
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