Sacramento is in the midst of a transformation. Once regarded as just a government town, city and business leaders have stepped up in recent years to transform its economy and its image. Despite these efforts, many, including those in the neighboring Bay Area, still see the city in a less than positive light. So it may come as a surprise to outsiders that Sacramento ranks #4 in the United States in the Numbeo Quality of Life Index for 2017.

Numbeo is the world’s largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide. The chart below visually represents the top ten ranked cities in the United States for 2017 for the following indices:

  • Purchasing Power Index
  • Safety Index
  • Health Care Index
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Property Price to Income Ratio
  • Traffic Commute Time Index
  • Pollution Index
  • Climate Index
  • Composite Quality of Life Index

Hover your mouse over the lines and city names for details.

According to the Numbeo website:

Quality of Life Index (higher is better) is an estimation of overall quality of life by using empirical formula which takes into account purchasing power index (higher is better), pollution index (lower is better), house price to income ratio (lower is better), cost of living index (lower is better), safety index (higher is better), health care index (higher is better), traffic commute time index (lower is better) and climate index (higher is better).

For details how each index is calculated refer to their respective pages: