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's 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.


Total Population 66,510
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 9.4%
Employed Population 16+ 30,986
Age of the Population 26


% of people married 35.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 72.5%
Median Earnings25+ $47,274
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,434
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,602


Median Family Income $110,271
% Above Poverty Level 71.2%
% Below Poverty Level 28.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 5.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 25.2%
% Using Public Transportation 6.4%


People Living Alone 25.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,249
Median House Value $537,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 44.2%
US/American 0.3%
English 10%
Irish 9.9%

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

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

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 Population Median Family Income
Dixon 18,908 $75,162
Elk Grove 161,084 $85,473
Sacramento 480,566 $58,714
West Sacramento 50,747 $59,912
Winters 6,927 $66,474
Woodland 56,997 $65,358

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

Davis Hospitals

(530) 756-6440
Emergency Service: Yes

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Davis High Schools

(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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