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Davis, California

Introduction to Davis, California

The city of Davis is located in Yolo County, California, 11 miles west of Sacramento and 72 miles northeast of San Francisco. Davis is served by two major freeways, Interstate 80 and California State Route 113. Home to University of California at Davis, the city is known as a university town with a progressive and environmentally conscious mind set. The city is also home to an off-campus branch of Sacramento City College. Davis is often referred to as the "most bicycle friendly town in the world", due to its wide streets and numerous bike paths. Since the 1960s, Davis has had one of the highest cyclist per capita ratios in the nation.

Founded in 1868, the city was originally named Davisville for Jerome C. Davis, a prominent local farmer. By the time of its incorporation in 1917, the city's name had been shortened to Davis. Historically an agricultural town, Davis became home to the University of California at Davis in 1908, at which time the university was known as the "University Farm School". Today Davis is widely noted for its contributions not only in agriculture, but in many other fields, including life sciences, biotechnology, veterinary medicine, medical technology, and engineering.

Arts, Culture, and Entertainment in Davis

One of Davis' strong points is its emphasis on parks and open spaces. The city's Central Park includes a Teen Center and the Davis Farmer's Market, an event held every Wednesday and Saturday year round at which attendees can find gourmet foods, arts and crafts and specialty products, and can also enjoy live entertainment. The area also offers many cultural attractions. Art lovers can sample works at a number of galleries including "The Artery", a local artists' cooperative, and at a longtime downtown site, the "Pence Gallery". Music lovers can enjoy year-round performances by The Davis Musical Theater Company and the Davis Comic Opera Company. Other local attractions include:

  • Toad Tunnel: Constructed in 1995 to prevent frogs from being killed by traffic on a newly-constructed overpass which replaced a crossing route to the reservoir, the 18-inch high and 21-inch wide tunnel went unused at first because the frogs refused to use it. When the tunnel was lit to encourage its use, some frogs died from the heat of the lamps. Another problem: word got around in the bird community about the frog-producing hole in the ground at the tunnel's exit. The tunnel still lives, however, and its exit has been decorated to resemble a toad town.
  • UC Davis Arboretum
  • Whole Earth Festival: A three-day annual music and education festival which takes place at UC Davis during Mother's Day Weekend.
  • Picnic Day: Another annual event held at the UC Davis campus every April, this is the largest student-run event in the US. Over 150 free events are featured including a large parade and a Battle of the Bands.

Proximity to the State Capital of Sacramento yields quick and easy access to several attractions there, including the following:

  • California State Railroad Museum
  • Old Sacramento
  • Sacramento Zoo
  • Sacramento Convention Center
  • Discovery Museum
  • Crocker Art Museum

The city of San Francisco, 72 miles to the southwest, has a wealth of attractions of its own, including:

  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Nob Hill
  • Embarcadero Square
  • Chinatown
  • Cable Car Museum
  • Alcatraz
  • Ghirardelli Square
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • San Francisco Zoo

Fans of professional sports can see teams in either of these cities. Some of the choices include:

  • Major League Baseball (MLB): Oakland Athletics (Amer Lg)
  • Major League Baseball (MLB): San Francisco Giants (Natl Lg)
  • Minor League Baseball (MiLB): Sacramento River Cats (Oakland A's AAA affiliate)
  • Minor League Baseball (MiLB): San Jose Giants (SF Giants single-A affiliate)
  • National Football Lg (NFL): San Francisco 49'ers
  • National Football Lg (NFL): Oakland Raiders
  • National Basketball Assn: Golden State Warriors
  • National Basketball Assn: Sacramento Kings
  • National Women's Basketball Assn: Sacramento Monarchs
  • World Indoor Soccer Lg: Sacramento Knights
  • Major League Lacrosse (MLL): San Francisco Dragons

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High Points

Davis strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in California):

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Davis College Educated Adults
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Davis Walking and Biking to Work
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 11% Davis Public Transportation Use
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 15% Davis Short Commute Times
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Davis Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Davis, California

Comparing Davis to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in California (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Racial Diversity 8 6
Female Share of the Population 8 9
Well-Paid Single Women 7 7
Well-Paid Single Men 5 5
Male Share of the Population 3 2
Senior Citizens 2 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 2
Age of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 5 3
Portion of People Married 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10
Median Family Income 9 8
People in Middle Class or Better 3 4
People Above Poverty 1 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Public Transportation Use 9 9
Working at Home 9 7
Short Commute Times 8 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 8
Housing Recently Built 8 8
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 6
People Living Alone 5 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 3
Affordability of Rents 4 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 6 6
Low Violent Crime 4 5

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Davis Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 13 miles W of Sacramento, California
County Yolo
Standard Zip Codes 95616, 95618
P.O. Box Zip Codes 95617
Phone Area Codes 530
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.545
Longitude -121.739

Davis Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 2.5 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 53 F
Apr Temp 45 to 72 F
Jul Temp 56 to 93 F
Oct Temp 48 to 79 F
Annual Precip 19 inches
Distance 13.3 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 54 F
Apr Temp 46 to 71 F
Jul Temp 58 to 92 F
Oct Temp 51 to 78 F
Annual Precip 17.9 inches
Distance 14.7 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 55 F
Apr Temp 46 to 73 F
Jul Temp 58 to 96 F
Oct Temp 49 to 80 F
Annual Precip 24.6 inches
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Davis Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 60,308 100%
Male 28,763 47.7%
Female 31,545 52.3%
Under 18 11,236 18.6%
18+ 49,072 81.4%
65+ 4,004 6.6%
Median Age 25.2
Average Family Size 3
White 42,256 70.1%
African-American 1,417 2.3%
Asian 10,576 17.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 407 0.7%
Other 2,572 4.3%
Mixed Race 2,936 4.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 5,793 9.6%

Estimated Davis Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 60,709
Growth 401
Growth % 0.7%

Davis Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 35.6%
German 10.7%
English 8.5%
Irish 7.8%
Italian 4.7%
European 3.7%
US/American 3.3%
Scottish 1.8%
Swedish 1.8%
French (except Basque) 1.7%
Russian 1.7%
Polish 1.5%
Norwegian 1.4%
Scotch-Irish 1.3%
Portuguese 1.1%
Dutch 1%
British 0.9%
Danish 0.9%
Iranian 0.8%
Welsh 0.8%
Swiss 0.6%
Finnish 0.5%
Hungarian 0.4%
Northern European 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Czech 0.4%
Greek 0.4%
French Canadian 0.4%
Canadian 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
African 0.3%
Romanian 0.3%
Nigerian 0.3%
Eastern European 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Australian 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Afghan 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Davis, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

El Macero (95618)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Davis 60,308 $74,051
Dixon 16,103 $58,849
Elk Grove 59,984 $64,069
Sacramento 407,018 $42,051
West Sacramento 31,615 $36,371
Winters 6,125 $55,183
Woodland 49,151 $48,689

Davis Hospitals

(530) 756-6440
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Davis

(As of 2005)
3rd & F Street
208 F. Street
Hwy 113 & Covell
2038 Lyndell Terrace
Russell & Anderson
825 Russell Boulevard
2121 Cowell Blvd.
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Davis High Schools (2004)

(Sorted by Number of Students)

315 W. 14TH ST.
Serves 1,894 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.1

526 B ST.
A Non-traditional School
Serves 207 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 30

635 B ST.
A Non-traditional School
Serves 64 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

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1. Chapel Hill, North Carolina 91.5   31.1% 8% 73.7% 19 $73,483 3.6% 22.1% 48,715 21.6% 45.8 0.7% 4.6
2. College Station, Texas 89.5   27% 3.6% 58.1% 15 $53,147 4.5% 19.5% 67,890 37.4% 43.8 0.4% 2.9
3. Ames, Iowa 89.4   28.6% 7.7% 58.6% 16 $56,439 4.4% 12.7% 50,731 20.4% 31.2 0.3% 2.5
4. Newark, Delaware 89   27.5% 9.1% 51.3% 22 $75,188 3% 12.7% 28,547 20.1% 44 0.2% 5.3
5. Fort Collins, Colorado 87.6   26.2% 7.9% 48.4% 19 $59,332 5.9% 10.4% 118,652 14% 39.5 0.4% 3
6. Clemson, South Carolina 84.7   28.5% 12.7% 58.2% 18 $61,176 3.5% 19% 11,939 33.1% 26 0.6% 3.9
7. Brockport, New York 82.1   28.2% 7.7% 36.5% 19 $50,828 3.2% 8.2% 8,103 19.2% 20.2 0.4% 2.3
8. St. Cloud, Minnesota 81   30.3% 10.3% 29.6% 18 $50,460 5.5% 8.3% 59,107 13.1% 46.8 0.3% 4.3
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