Introduction to West Sacramento, California

West Sacramento, California, in Yolo county, is 1 mile W of Sacramento, California. The people of the city are in the Yolo metropolitan area.

West Sacramento History

John Schwartz was the first Euro-American to settle in West Sacramento, in 1844. A large number of miners moved here when gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill in 1848. At that time, James McDowell owned 600 acres of the land. When James McDowell was killed during the early gold rush era, his wife Margaret sold 160 acres of the land and named the area the "Town of Washington". This town experienced a significant development in business and shipping activities. In addition, diary industry was established in West Sacramento during this time. In 1987, West Sacramento was incorporated as a city.

West Sacramento and Nearby Attractions

  • Linden Park.
  • Raley Field.
  • California Museum For History.
  • Sacramento Zoo.

Things To Do In West Sacramento

In West Sacramento, you can spend your leisure by playing basketball, baseball or softball at the local parks and playgrounds. The city also has biking and hiking trails. You can also watch the Sacramento Rivercats play at Raley Field.

West Sacramento Transportation

Sacramento International Airport is the nearest airport.

West Sacramento Higher Education

The nearest college is Sacramento City College. For individuals looking for more options, or for a 4-year degree program, the Sacramento area might be serviced by online schools. Enrolling in one of these institutions can help people who wish to earn a degree in public health, English, nursing and business. Some schools may even offer students the chance to earn teaching degrees online.


Total Population 50,747
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 11.1%
Employed Population 16+ 21,880
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 45.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25%
Median Earnings25+ $36,157
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,195
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,035


Median Family Income $59,912
% Above Poverty Level 82.3%
% Below Poverty Level 17.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.9%


People Living Alone 25.9%
Median Gross Rent $895
Median House Value $252,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 53%
US/American 0.1%
English 5.7%
Irish 8.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

West Sacramento Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 1 miles W of Sacramento, California
County Yolo
Standard Zip Codes 95605, 95691
P.O. Box Zip Codes 95798, 95799
Phone Area Codes 916
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.58
Longitude -121.529

West Sacramento Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 5.8 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 14.1 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 21.3 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 55 F
Apr Temp 47 to 72 F
Jul Temp 61 to 95 F
Oct Temp 53 to 79 F
Annual Precip 24.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Broderick (95605)

Bryte (95605)

River Bank (95605)

Southport (95691)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Citrus Heights 85,408 $58,727
Davis 66,510 $110,271
Elk Grove 161,084 $85,473
Rancho Cordova 68,326 $59,756
Sacramento 480,566 $58,714
Woodland 56,997 $65,358

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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A Title I School.
Serves 1,621 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.2

A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 156 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

A Non-traditional School
Serves 70 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

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