Nicknamed the City of Trees and Sactown, Sacramento is the state capital for California, America’s most highly populated state.
Guinness World Records points to Sacramento as being the site where the world’s heaviest woman was measured back in July 2012, when American Pauline Potter weighed in at 643 pounds (293.6 kilograms).
Turning to a more employment-based perspective, Sacramento serves as headquarters for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District which ranks among America’s 10 largest publicly owned utilities. Other notable businesses based in Sacramento are: PeopleFinders.com specializing in background checks and identity theft protection; structural and earthquake engineering firm Miyamoto International; and multi-newspaper publisher The McClatchy Company.
California shipped U$163.6 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Californian exports are civilian aircraft, data transmission equipment, diamonds, automobiles, semiconductors manufacturing machinery, almonds and smartphones according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Sacramento was 4.8% as of May 3, 2017.
Capital Facts for Sacramento, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: California Automobile Museum, California State Railroad Museum, California Musical Theater, Capitol Casino, Crocker Art Museum and Sacramento History Museum
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Sacramento, United States:
- Brie Larson, Academy Award-winning actress (born Oct. 1, 1989)
- Molly Ringwald, actress, singer & dancer (born Feb. 18, 1968)
- Kevin Johnson, professional NBA basketball all-star (born Mar. 4, 1966)
- Susan Pederson, Olympic swimming medalist (born Oct. 16, 1953)
- Blake Anderson, comedian (born Mar. 2, 1984)
- Sam Elliot, actor (born Aug. 9, 1944)
- John Lloyd Young, actor & singer (born Jul. 4, 1975)
- Malcolm Floyd, professional NFL football wide receiver (born Sep. 8, 1981)
- Lisa Ling, TV show host (born Aug. 30, 1973)
- Larry Bowa, MLB baseball shortstop & manager (born Dec. 6, 1945)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Sacramento resident: Sacramentan
Population: 493,025 in 2015 (Sacramento city limits)
Density: 5,035 people per square mile (1,944 per square kilometer)
Population: 2,414,783 (Sacramento metropolitan area)
Density: 113 people per square mile (44 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$118.822 billion as of March 2015 (Sacramento metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $49,206
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Sacramento: U.S. dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on May 26, 2017
Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016. Accessed on May 26, 2017
Forbes Global 2000, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on May 26, 2017
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United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries. Accessed on May 26, 2017
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016. Accessed on May 26, 2017
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on May 26, 2017
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on May 26, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Sacramento city flag. Accessed on May 26, 2017
Wikipedia, California. Accessed on May 26, 2017
Wikipedia, Category: Companies based in Sacramento, California. Accessed on May 26, 2017
Wikipedia, Sacramento, California. Accessed on May 26, 2017
Wikipedia, Sacremento metropolitan area. Accessed on May 26, 2017
Within city limits, Sacramento occupies 97.9 square miles (253.6 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 493,025 Sacramentans in 2015.
Officially named the Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Yuba City Combined Statistical Area, the Sacramento metropolitan area has a land area of 21,429.2 square miles (55,501.4 square kilometers) with a metropolitan area population of 2.415 million inhabitants.
At the city level, Sacramento’s population density is 5,035 residents per square mile (1,944 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the larger Sacramento metropolitan area with an average 113 inhabitants per square mile (44 per square kilometer).
Sacramentans celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.