Sacramentans are generally happy with their lives, despite concerns about traffic,
affordable housing, population growth, flood control and public education, according
to the 2006 Sacramento State Annual Survey of the Region.
Fully 83 percent of Sacramento region residents are satisfied with their overall
quality of life. And 59 percent of residents feel things in the Sacramento region
are going in the right direction, compared with just 32 percent statewide. The
majority of the people are also more optimistic about the future economic conditions
of the region than the state as a whole (60 percent in Sacramento versus 42
percent in California). This pattern has held true since the annual survey first
started in 2002.
The survey, conducted by Professor Amy Liu and her students through the University’s
Institute for Social Research, showed that more than two-thirds of residents
in the region (70 percent) view traffic congestion as a big problem. Population
growth within the Sacramento region has also placed increased pressure on the
public education system, which 46 percent of residents found to be a big problem,
as well as affordable healthcare, which 41 percent found problematic.
The influx of Bay Area residents in search of affordable housing accounts for
much of Sacramento’s growth, and many of the homes being built are in
areas at risk of flooding. In addition, Hurricane Katrina fallout and Gov. Schwarzenegger’s
state of emergency declaration for many of California’s levees have also
increased public concern
about flooding over the past year. Flood control is seen as the second most
important regional issue, after traffic congestion, with 54 percent of residents
calling it a big problem.
Residents also indicated serious concerns about affordable housing (51 percent),
population growth and development (45 percent) and air pollution (42 percent).
Other findings include:
Republicans are more likely to agree that things in the Sacramento region
are going in the right direction (66 percent) versus Democrats (55 percent).
People who have lived in the region 20 or more years, people aged 41 and older,
and residents of Sacramento and Placer County are more likely to report that
traffic congestion is a major problem.
Homeownership status makes a major difference in perceptions on affordable
housing. More than two-thirds (67 percent) of non-homeowners find affordable
housing a big problem, while only 45 percent of homeowners think so.
Sacramento region residents are more concerned about population growth and
development than other Californians (45 percent in the Sacramento region versus
27 percent in California).
Residents from Yolo (46 percent) or Sacramento (44 percent) County are more
likely to view air pollution as a big problem than residents from Placer (33
percent) or El Dorado (37 percent) County.
survey was a computer-assisted telephone interview of 1,122 randomly selected
adults from Sacramento, Yolo, Placer and El Dorado counties. It has a margin
of error of 3 percent.