2010: 466,488, #35 in U.S., #6 in California

1950: 137,572, #67 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 2,149,127, #24 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 277,140, #69 in U.S.


John Sutter established Sutter’s Fort in California’s Central Valley in 1840. The city of Sacramento was incorporated in 1850 along the Sacramento River, about two miles west of Sutter’s Fort, after the area’s population had boomed because of the California Gold Rush.


Tallest building: Wells Fargo Center (1992), 423 feet

List of tallest buildings

The domed California State Capitol (1874) is 247 feet tall.

Old Sacramento is an area of historic buildings along the river. It contains restaurants, shops, and museums.


The Downtown Commons complex has a Macy’s department store.


The old Southern Pacific station (1925) has Amtrak trains going in four directions: east to Reno, Salt Lake City, Denver, and Chicago on the California Zephyr; south to Fresno and Bakersfield on the San Joaquin; south to Los Angeles and north to Portland and Seattle on the Coast Starlight; and west to Oakland and San Jose on the Capitol Corridor.

Sacramento’s light rail system (1987) has three lines. From downtown, trains go northeast, southeast, and as far east as the town of  Folsom. One line serves the Amtrak station.




Sacramento River and Downtown Sacramento


The Crocker Art Museum and California State Railroad Museum are located downtown.


The Century DOCO is a first-run, nine-screen movie theater downtown. The Crest Theatre, a restored 1949 movie theater, has a variety of films, concerts, and other events in three auditoriums.

The Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera play at the CommunityCenter Theater (1974).  BroadwaySacramento has touring musicals at the Community Center Theater. The Memorial Auditorium (1927) also has concerts and special events.

The Music Circus presents musicals every summer at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. The Sacramento Theatre Company is also downtown.


The Sacramento River Cats, Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, play at Raley Field (2000) in West Sacramento, just across the river from downtown. The NBA Sacramento Kings play at downtown's Golden 1 Center (2016).

Map of Downtown Sacramento

Downtown Sacramento Partnership

Convention and Visitors Bureau