10 reasons why Sacramento is an up-and-coming city

How’s Sacramento doing? BOOMING

The city of Sacramento has great things to offer and with plenty of new developments, the city is certainly booming. The city of trees may be known as a cow town, but there’s something for everyone in Sacramento. Here are 10 reasons why Sacramento is an up-and-coming city:

1. Sacramento Kings – Golden 1 Center

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The Sacramento Kings have been the talk of the town lately, for good and bad reasons. One of the positive things happening in Sacramento is that the Kings are relocating to a new arena that will be in the downtown area. The Golden 1 Center has a futuristic feel to it that will feature many high-tech gadgets — including the world’s largest indoor scoreboard. The arena will be innovative in many ways and Sacramento residents are ecstatic!

2. Sacramento Republic FC


Sacramento has always had a fan base for soccer and this city finally has a team they can be proud of. Sacramento Republic FC, currently part of the United Soccer League, has attracted a massive following. The support groups Tower Bridge Battalion and La Banda del Puente heavily represent and show team spirit at the games. The Republic expects to expand to the MLS and has plans of a new stadium. The latest proposal would seat 19,621 fans at first, but could be expanded to as many as 25,000, according to plans filed this week.

3. Take me out to the Ballgame

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If you’re into baseball, West Sacramento is the home of the Sacramento River Cats. The River Cats are a minor league baseball team and a Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. River Cats games are entertaining and can be an inexpensive family outing if you purchase lawn seats.

4. History & Art


Sacramento has a rich history! Old Sacramento still has an antique feel and is full of history. It also has an amazing Independence Day celebration and firework show. Much of the Sacramento history is preserved in museums such as the Rail Road Museum and the State Indian Museum. The Railroad Museum is the biggest museum of its kind in North America. If you’re into the arts, visit the Crocker Art Museum or attend Second Saturday downtown.

5. Capital


Being that Sacramento is the capital of California, it is a pretty significant place in the political realm in terms of legislature, lobbying, and policy. The State Capitol serves as both a museum and the state’s working seat of government. Capitol Park features the World Peace Rose Garden, with over 650 roses, which serve as a reminder that world peace starts with each one of us.

6. Business is Booming

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New establishments are opening almost everywhere in Sacramento, especially in downtown, midtown and Oak Park. Golden 1 Center contributes to the expansion of businesses along downtown. Oak Park is being called the new “it” neighborhood with new hip businesses such as Capitol Floats and Vibe Health Bar.

7. Night Life


There’s something for the young, the old and everything in between. Along the downtown establishments, you find English and Irish beer pubs, Latin clubs, gay clubs and bars, and you can even find mystical mermaids at Dive Bar. Also, did you know bike bar hopping is a thing? Sac Brew Bike rents out group bikes that a group can ride from bar to bar.



Sacramento State is a beautiful campus that houses about 30,000 students. It has more than 3,500 trees that paint the campus blazing red and orange during the fall semester. As California’s capital campus, Sacramento State shapes both the political and economic landscape of the region. The Capital Fellows Programs are consistently recognized among the nation’s best internships.

9. Coffee Shops

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Not feeling the Starbucks craze? Not a problem in Sacramento! Places like Temple, Old Soul, and Chocolate Fish serve some mean cups of Joe. Coffee shops in Sacramento rival other boutique specialty roasters like the prestigious Blue Bottle Coffee in the Bay Area.

10. Location is EVERYTHING

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Sacramento is conveniently located in the center of different attractions. Sacramento is about 2 hours from Lake Tahoe or the Bay Area, which makes it easy to take a day trip to the mountains or to the beach, depending on your mood. If you like the city life but also enjoy nature, Sacramento is the place for you! Sacramento has a city vibe, but has plenty of trees and nature all around. The American River Trail makes for a nice bike ride or dip in the water.


Magaly Ortega
Magaly Ortega is Special Contributor to Cowbell Kingdom. She recently received her Masters of Social Work with an emphasis in public child welfare. She strives to make a difference in her local community through her stories.

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