A Vibrant College Town
Davis residents are active in political causes, the arts and community organizations. Much of their attention goes to enhancing the quality of life in a true campus town whose charm is enhanced by over 100 miles of bicycle paths. You won't have to confront traffic, crowds or the other hassles of big-city life. The city has a centralized downtown which offers shops, entertainment and social activities. With a population of 66,000, the city has a reputation for controlled growth, environmental awareness, energy conservation, excellent schools and exceptional parks and recreational programs.
Davis is located only 15 minutes from downtown Sacramento, the capital of California, and about an hour from the Berkeley-Oakland-San Francisco Bay Area. This proximity gives Davis access to large metropolitan cities with thriving business, financial and legal communities and a range of social and recreational activities. The region's mild, temperate climate means students have the chance to enjoy themselves outdoors all year long. Whether you participate in organized sports or cycling with a few friends is more your speed, Davis' plentiful parks and open spaces mean you'll always have plenty of room to roam. Challenging ski slopes are just a short drive away, and nearby lakes and rivers provide great opportunities for kayaking, waterskiing and more.
Arts and Entertainment
If you enjoy the nightlife, you'll find plenty of opportunities to indulge yourself here, too. Coffeehouses, restaurants and dance clubs give you the chance to stay up until all hours. Top entertainers perform nearly every night in nearby venues. Whether you prefer the grand experience of the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts or the more intimate setting of the Palms Playhouse in nearby Winters, you'll have the chance to hear great live music without making a long drive.
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