Davis, California – A Sweet Spot
UC Davis’ prime location on the corridor linking Sacramento, the state capital, and the world’s innovation hub in the San Francisco Bay Area creates endless opportunities.
You’ll have quick access to established Fortune 500 firms, the global technology industry, Pacific Rim trade, new startups and a financial ecosystem of venture capital and international banking. Ten of the Fortune 100 are headquartered in Northern California, including Apple Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Chevron Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co.
You’ll benefit from our connections and networks in Silicon Valley—the world’s unrivaled innovation hub—and in the Sacramento region, where progressive energy and climate change policy is rippling well beyond the world’s ninth-largest economy and home to one of the nation’s top clean-tech centers.
You’ll fall in love with the city of Davis, the safe, quintessential college town recently called one of the most enjoyable places in California by the San Francisco Chronicle.
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Dry summers, mild winters, 267 days of sunshine each year. NORTHERN CALIFORNIA | 20 minutes from Sacramento, 30 minutes from Napa Valley, 1–2 hours from Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
Easy access to busses, Amtrak, ride-sharing, Zipcar and the Sacramento International Airport. With 100+ miles of bike paths and bike lanes, Davis earned the League of American Bicyclists‘ Platinum ranking.
Fun and Games
400 acres of parks and greenbelts include 43 play areas, a dozen picnic areas, 33 tennis courts, swimming pools, horseshoe pits, golf and disc golf courses, basketball courts, exercise courses and more.
UC Davis Picnic Day, Davis Criterium Classic, Celebrate Davis!, Neighbors Night Out, Second Friday Art About, Movies in the Park, Farmers Market, Stride for Aggie Pride 5K.
100+ restaurants, from pizza and burgers to chocolatiers and bakeries to sushi bars to Californian, Nepali and Thai cuisines.
Facts and Recognition
- Average annual temperature of 73° F / 23° C
- The city of Davis, according to The Atlantic’s City Lab, ranked 10th among the “Top Brainiest Cities” in 2013
- Davis Farmers Market ranked 5th among America’s Best Farmers Market (U.S. News Travel 2012)
- Census data estimates that 16.6% of workers (approximately 4,293) in Davis bike to their jobs, more than any other city in the country (2011)
- Davis residents boast the highest level of education in the state with more than 80 percent of the adult population completing a minimum of one year of college training and more than 60 percent having attained at least a four-year college degree
- City awarded Platinum level (highest ranking) Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists (2011)
- City named one of the top small-market cities on the West Coast for “new industry” site selection study by the Boyd Co. (2010)
- In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that Davis had the highest percentage of bicycle commuters in the U.S., with an estimated 22.1 percent of the working population commuted to their job using a bicycle; Davis was also the first city in the U.S. to install bicycle signal heads on traffic lights
- Davis named to host the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame (2009)
- Forbes.com named Davis top 25 towns to live well in the nation (2009)
- “The Today Show” named Davis one of America’s Five Friendliest Cities; standards included: safety, diversity, pedestrian and bike friendliness, as well as the presence of parks and public spaces (2008)
- City is one of the five friendliest cities in the U.S. in the book “Nextville: Amazing places to Live the Rest of Your Life” by Barbara Corcoran. (2008)
- The League of American Bicyclists named Davis the most bike-friendly town in the United States (2008). Davis was the first place in the nation to build a citywide system of bike paths
- Outside Magazine named Davis one of 10 best towns to live in the nation (2005)