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Living in Davis

Living in Davis

Living in Davis

Located in beautiful Northern California, Davis has been named one of the most enjoyable places to live in the nation and is also one of the best-educated cities in the U.S.

A quintessential college-town known for its bike-friendly culture and lush farmer’s market, Davis has easy access to the economic engines of the 5th largest economy in the world, as well as the beauty of the Napa Valley and Lake Tahoe.

Nestled between the state capital of Sacramento and the global innovation hub of the San Francisco Bay Area, Davis affords you easy access to Fortune 500 firms, the world's innovation hub in Silicon Valley, Pacific Rim trade networks, tech startups and a financial ecosystem of venture capital and international banking.

Davis is a friendly, socially progressive and culturally rich community that is also home to many of the best research programs in the world.

There are numerous housing options for graduate and professional students at UC Davis. Visit UC Davis Student and Dining Services’ Graduate and Professional Student Housing website for more information.

Fun Facts about Davis

High Quality of Life

  • Forbes.com named Davis top 25 towns to live well in the nation (2009)
  • Outside Magazine named Davis one of 10 best towns to live in the nation (2005)
  • Davis Farmers Market ranked 5th among America’s Best Farmers Market (U.S. News Travel 2012)


  • 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
  • The city of Davis, according to The Atlantic’s City Lab, ranked 10th among the “Top Brainiest Cities” in 2013
  • City named one of the top small-market cities on the West Coast for “new industry” site selection study by the Boyd Co. (2010)


  • “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)


  • 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)
  • 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
  • Davis hosts the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame (2009)
  • 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
  • City awarded Platinum level (highest ranking) Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists (2011)

More About Davis



Mediterranean Climate

Dry summers, mild winters, 267 days of sunshine each year. Average annual temperature of 73° F / 23° C


20 minutes from Sacramento, 30 minutes from Napa Valley, 1–2 hours from Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

Getting Around

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.

Dining out

100+ restaurants, from pizza and burgers to chocolatiers and bakeries to sushi bars to Californian, Nepali and Thai cuisines.