Relocating from the Bay Area?

The Sacramento Valley is a great place to relocate to. Its central location, affordability, fantastic school systems, and recreational opportunities make it a perfect place to escape the high prices and congested roadways of the Bay Area.



The biggest difference between the Sacramento Valley and the Bay Area is the difference in affordability and cost of living. The media price for a home in the Bay Area is more than triple that of the Sacramento Valley. In fact, the California Association of Realtors® found that the median home value in June 2021 in San Mateo County was $2,275,000 while in Placer County, the median value was $670,500.

Median price information provided by C.A.R.

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Housing Affordability Index

vs. National Prices

How do prices in California stack up against the rest of the U.S.?

In Quarter 2 of 2021 (April - June), the median price of a home in the United States was $357,900. In the Sacramento Region, the Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade Metropolitan Area, the median price was $505,000. 41% higher than the national price. Now compare this with the Bay Area, the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward Metropolitan Area, which had a median price of $1,385,000 in Q2 of 2021. That's 287% or nearly three times the National price. The San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara Metropolitan Area was $1,699,000 or 375% higher than the U.S.

Source: National Association of REALTOR®, "Median Sales Price of Existing Single-Family Homes for Metropolitan Areas", 2021.






San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward
Housing Affordability Index

Traffic Jams

Traffic is the price residents pay for living in big cities. A quick Google search of worst cities for traffic will heed dozens of list all with the Bay Area and Silicon Valley in the top 10. Business Insider published their list in March 2016 of the 5 cities that have the worst traffic in America. 

While 2020 isn't a great indicator of normal traffic stats due to the events that impacted the year, residents of the Bay Area and Los Angeles spent more time in traffic than Sacramento Area residents.

You can view real time traffic information on TomTom's website and on the Waze map.

US Cities with the Worst Traffic

  1. Los Angeles, CA
  2. New York, NY
  3. Miami, FL
  4. San Francisco, CA
  5. Baton Rouge, LA
  6. San Jose, CA
  7. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL
  8. Seattle, WA
  9. Honolulu, HI
  10. Riverside, CA
  11. Bakersfield, CA
  12. Tampa, FL
  13. Austin, TX
  14. Fresno, CA
  15. Sacramento, CA
  16. Boise, ID
  17. Atlanta, GA
  18. New Orleans, LA
  19. Washington D.C.
  20. Chicago, IL
  21. Orlando, FL
  22. Charleston, NC
  23. Philadelphia, PA
  24. San Diego, CA
  25. Portland, OR
  26. Las Vegas, NV
  27. Houston, TX
  28. Tuscon, AZ
  29. McAllen, TX
  30. Nashville, TN
(According to TomTom Traffic Index)

World Cities with the Worst Traffic

1. Moscow Region, Russia
2. Mumbai, India
3. Bogota, Columbia
4. Manilla, Philippines
5. Istanbul, Turkey
6. Bengaluru, India
7. Kyiv, Ukraine
8. New Delhi, India
9. Novosibirsk, Russia
10. Bangkok, Thailand
11. Odessa, Ukraine
12. Saint Petersburg, Russia
13. Kharkiv, Ukraine
14. Lodz, Poland
15. Lima, Peru
16. Pune, India
17. Chongqing, China
18. Bucharest, Romania
19. Tokyo, Japan
20. Samara, Russia
81. Los Angeles, CA, USA
169. San Francisco, CA, USA
213. San Jose, CA, USA
258. Sacramento, CA, USA
(According to TomTom Traffic Index)

Average Congestion Level: 18%

Driving in the Sacramento region will add 18% more time than a traffic-free communte. So a normal 300minute commute will, on average, take 5.4 minutes longer.

A survey conducted by the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) found that most people would choose the super power: make traffic disappear.


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