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Overview

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 is home to the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame 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 the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Schrem Museum of Art and 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. Other year-round performances are available at the Mondavi Center. 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 (American League)
  • Major League Baseball (MLB): San Francisco Giants (National League)
  • 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 League (NFL): San Francisco 49'ers
  • National Football League (NFL): Oakland Raiders
  • National Basketball Association: Golden State Warriors
  • National Basketball Association: Sacramento Kings
  • United Soccer League: Sacramento Republic Football Club
  • World Indoor Soccer League: Sacramento Knights
  • Major League Lacrosse (MLL): San Francisco Dragons

Demographics

People

Total Population66,886
Male Share of the Population48.7%
Female Share of the Population51.3%
Senior Citizens10%
Employed Population 16+31,223
Age of the Population26

Families

% of people married36.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher73.2%
Median Earnings25+$47,012
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,260
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,360

Wealth

Median Family Income$108,063
% Above Poverty Level71.2%
% Below Poverty Level28.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home6.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work25.8%
% Using Public Transportation6.5%

Housing

People Living Alone25%
Median Gross Rent$1,291
Median House Value$565,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)42.4%
German12.7%
English10.1%
Irish9.2%
Italian5.3%
French Except Basque3%
Scottish2.7%
Polish2.3%
Russian1.8%
Swedish1.6%
Norwegian1.6%
Dutch1.5%
Iranian1.3%
African1.2%
Arab1.2%
Portuguese1.1%
Danishn0.8%
Hungarian0.6%
Canadian0.6%
Swiss0.6%
Czech0.5%
Welsh0.5%
Ukrainian0.5%
Lithuanian0.5%
Turkish0.4%
Greek0.4%
Brazilian0.4%
Finnish0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Croatian0.3%
Austrian0.2%
Australian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
US/American0.2%
Palestinian0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Afghan)0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Basque0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
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Davis Almanac

CategoryValue
County Yolo County
Standard Zip Codes95616, 95618
P.O. Box Zip Codes95617
Phone Area Codes530
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude38.55
Approximate Longitude-121.8

Davis Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationDAVIS 2 WSW EXP FARM
Distance2.5 miles
Jan Temp37 to 53 F
Apr Temp45 to 72 F
Jul Temp56 to 93 F
Oct Temp48 to 79 F
Annual Precip19 inches
StationSACRAMENTO AP
Distance13.3 miles
Jan Temp39 to 54 F
Apr Temp46 to 71 F
Jul Temp58 to 92 F
Oct Temp51 to 78 F
Annual Precip17.9 inches
StationLAKE SOLANO
Distance14.7 miles
Jan Temp36 to 55 F
Apr Temp46 to 73 F
Jul Temp58 to 96 F
Oct Temp49 to 80 F
Annual Precip24.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Dixon19,144$75,158
Elk Grove163,634$91,973
Sacramento484,530$60,601
West Sacramento51,386$66,465
Winters6,974$66,563
Woodland57,552$66,714

Davis Hospitals

Sutter Davis Hospital
(Non-profit)
2000 Sutter Place

Davis Public Schools

Birch Lane Elementary
1600 Birch Ln.
ZIP: 95616
Primary
Total Enrollment 608
Cesar Chavez Elementary
1221 Anderson Rd.
ZIP: 95616
Primary
Total Enrollment 638
Da Vinci Charter Academy
1400 E. Eighth St.
ZIP: 95616
High
Total Enrollment 605
Davis School For Independent Study
526 B St.
ZIP: 95616
Other
Total Enrollment 126
Davis Senior High
315 W. 14th St.
ZIP: 95616
High
Total Enrollment 1715
Davis Special Education Pre-school
1400 E. Eighth St.
ZIP: 95616
Fairfield Elementary
26960 Co Rd. 96
ZIP: 95616
Primary
Total Enrollment 45
Fred T. Korematsu Elementary School At Mace Ranch
3100 Loyola Dr.
ZIP: 95616
Primary
Total Enrollment 539
King (martin Luther) High (continuation)
635 B St.
ZIP: 95616
High
Total Enrollment 47
Marguerite Montgomery Elementary
1441 Danbury Dr.
ZIP: 95616
Primary
Total Enrollment 452
North Davis Elementary
555 E. 14th St.
ZIP: 95616
Primary
Total Enrollment 562
Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior High
1220 Drexel Dr.
ZIP: 95616
Middle
Total Enrollment 696
Patwin Elementary
2222 Shasta Dr.
ZIP: 95616
Primary
Total Enrollment 404
Pioneer Elementary
5215 Hamel St.
ZIP: 95616
Primary
Total Enrollment 545
Ralph Waldo Emerson Junior High
2121 Calaveras Ave.
ZIP: 95616
Middle
Total Enrollment 482
Robert E. Willett Elementary
1207 Sycamore Ln.
ZIP: 95616
Primary
Total Enrollment 540
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Junior High
4000 E. Covell Blvd.
ZIP: 95618
Middle
Total Enrollment 609

Davis Private Schools

Davis Waldorf School
3100 Sycamore Ln
ZIP: 95616
Elementary
Total Enrollment 178
Little Friends Montessori School
1101 F St
ZIP: 95616
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
Redbud Montessori
27082 Patwin Rd
ZIP: 95616
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
St James School
1215 B St
ZIP: 95616
Elementary
Total Enrollment 308
Tender Learning Care
1818 Lake Blvd
ZIP: 95616
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
Familiesfirst Non Public School
2100 5th St
ZIP: 95618
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 72
Merryhill Davis Elementary School
2650 Lillard Dr
ZIP: 95618
Elementary
Total Enrollment 116
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