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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Davis, California

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Where to Retire in Davis and Home Prices

There is at least one cooperative housing community for people of retirement age in Davis (see link at left). Zillow reports the median home value was $917,912 in mid-2022.

What Is Special about Davis

Being home to a major university, UC Davis, makes this a special place.

What Is Not Special about Davis

Home prices are expensive.

Climate and Physical Environment

Davis is in north central California, west of Sacramento and northeast of San Francisco. The average January temperature is in the mid 40's and the average July temp is in the mid 70's.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Being home to UC Davis's famous wine making department (Viticulture and Enology) one would expect great wines and foods here. Tucos Wine Bar and Vini Wine Bar generally get very favorable reviews online. A big event each year is the Whole Earth Festival's (WEF) held each Mother's Day weekend. Picnic Day is another big event held each April with a  parade and other festivities. The UC Davis Arboretum is quite popular. The Mondavi Center on the UC Davis campus hosts many world-class touring acts, is one of the biggest non-seasonal attractions to Davis.


The crime rate is about 2/3 the national average.

Medical Facilities

Sutter Davis Hospital provides acute care services. Other hospitals are nearby in Woodland and Sacramento.


Davis has been named one of America's most bike-friendly cities. Davis residents enjoy an extensive network of bike lanes, bike paths, and grade-separated bicycle crossings. The nearest airport is in Sacramento, about 20 miles away.

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