West Sacramento, California
|City of West Sacramento|
|— City —|
|The Ziggurat Building on the Sacramento River in West Sacramento.|
|Nickname(s): West Sac|
|Yolo County and the state of California|
|• Mayor||Christopher Cabaldon (D)|
|• Mayor Pro Tem||Chris Ledesma|
|• City Manager||Martin Tuttle|
|• State leg.||Sen. Darrell Steinberg (D)
Asm. Roger Dickinson (D)
|• U.S. Congress||Doris Matsui (D)|
|• Total||22.846 sq mi (59.172 km2)|
|• Land||21.425 sq mi (55.491 km2)|
|• Water||1.421 sq mi (3.681 km2) 6.22%|
|Elevation||20 ft (6 m)|
|• Density||2,100/sq mi ( 820/km2)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|ZIP code||95691, 95605|
|GNIS feature ID||1660149|
West Sacramento (also known as West Sac) is a city in Yolo County, California. It is contiguous with Sacramento, but is separated by the Sacramento River which is also the county line, so West Sacramento is in a different county than Sacramento. It is a fast growing community; the population was 48,744 at the 2010 census, up from 31,615 at the 2000 census.
West Sacramento is part of the Sacramento–Arden Arcade–Roseville Metropolitan Statistical Area which has a population (2000) of approximately 1,796,857. Major industries to the region include agriculture and transportation.
Gold Rush era 
In 1844, John Schwartz, a Flemish traveler, was the first Euro-American to permanently settle in the area of West Sacramento. He built a shack on the west bank of the Sacramento River six miles (10 km) south of its connection with the American River. John, with the help of his brother George, founded a salmon fishery along the river. In addition to the fishery, they also found the soil to be fertile and began farming and raising livestock. The announcement of the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill in 1848 brought a multitude of miners to the region.
In 1846, a man named James McDowell bought 600 acres (240 ha) from John Schwartz. With his wife, Margaret, and their three daughters, McDowell settled in the area we know today as Broderick. The McDowell family experienced first-hand the violence that the gold rush era brought with it. In May 1849, James McDowell was shot and killed in a barroom argument that he had supposedly started. With the loss of the sole supporter of the McDowell family, Margaret needed to find a way to provide for her family.
In October 1849, Margaret hired a land surveyor to map out 160 acres (65 ha), which was then divided into forty one blocks. She sold individual lots within this platted area which she named the "Town of Washington". The first lot was sold to August W. Kaye for $500. During its first ten years, the rural Town of Washington went through a significant increase in business development and shipping activity. One of the first businesses to be established in the town was the California Steam Navigation Company, which was attracted to the area in 1859 by how close the Sacramento River is to it. Other businesses in early Washington included hotels, saloons, and restaurants catering to the needs of people passing through. Many of the travelers making the treacherous journey through the marshlands on their way to Sacramento were appreciative of the rest stop at the Town of Washington.
While Sacramento began to urbanize on the other side of the river, early West Sacramento found its hand at agricultural development. Salmon, sturgeon, catfish, eel, crayfish, and clams proved to be lucrative in this region as fisherman soon found. The river settlement was flourishing, stocking fish markets not only in Sacramento, but in San Francisco as well. In addition, the rich soil of the valley produced abundant crops of com, melons, cucumbers, and sweet potatoes. The dairy industry also established roots in West Sacramento around this time.
One of the area's most well known dairy farmers was Mike Bryte. Bryte came to California in 1849 to try his hand at gold mining. He didn't make a fortune in gold, but was able to purchase a dairy farm with his findings. When the California Steam Navigation Company came to Washington, Bryte used the steamships to carry his dairy products to various markets within the region. Profits from this allowed Bryte to expand his holdings. Bryte was able to own several thousand acres of land in the area to farm on, as well as raise his many livestock on. Mike Bryte's influence in the community was marked by his election to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors and later as sheriff. During the 20th century, Mike Bryte's property was divided and became known as the community of Bryte.
Developing a city 
In time, the region began to develop. The Town of Washington was renamed Broderick in honor of U. S. Senator David C. Broderick. After 1900, the three communities known as Bryte, Broderick, and West Sacramento were cumulatively known as "East Yolo". From 1900 to 1920, the population of this area doubled from 1,398 to 2,638. The West Sacramento post office opened in 1915.
Officially incorporated as a city in 1987, these communities are what the City of West Sacramento is based upon.
In June 1963, the Port of Sacramento was opened to deep sea traffic with the completion of the Deep Water Ship Channel. The project had been authorized by Congress in 1946 and construction commenced in 1949.
West Sacramento is located at .
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 22.8 square miles (59 km2), of which, 21.4 square miles (55 km2) of it is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) of it (6.22%) is water.
West Sacramento, which lies in Yolo County, is separated from the city of Sacramento and Sacramento County by the Sacramento River. West Sacramento, incorporated in 1987, consists of three communities that were originally distinct towns, Broderick, Bryte, and West Sacramento (originally just the community north of the port canal and south of the railroads), as well as the Southport area.
Southport, which comprises just over one-third of the city's land area, originally consisted of rural homesteads and small neighborhoods in Arlington Oaks and Linden, but now has a considerable population that resulted from housing booms in the early 1990s and the early 2000s, adding new neighborhoods in Bridgeway, Gateway, River Ranch, and Newport.
In March, 2006, IKEA opened a store in West Sacramento near Reed Avenue and Interstate 80 in the Riverpoint Shopping Center. On November 15, 2007 a Home Depot opened in the Riverpoint Shopping Center, next to IKEA. Target opened a new store at the Southport Shopping Center directly across from Nugget Market, an upscale grocery store headquartered in Woodland, California. A Lowe's Home Improvement Center just west of Target, behind Arlington Oaks was completed in February 2008.
TV stations 
The Sacramento Rivercats play in West Sacramento at Raley Field, which beginning in Fall 2012, will also be home to the Sacramento Mountain Lions team of the United Football League (2009–). West Sacramento is also the host city for the Sacramento Gold (NPSL) franchise of the National Premier Soccer League.
California Highway Patrol 
West Sacramento is the home of the California Highway Patrol Academy and Museum. Also, there are efforts to move the California Highway Patrol official headquarters from Sacramento (in Sacramento County) to West Sacramento (in Yolo County).
WyoTech located at 980 Riverside Parkway, West Sacramento CA, 95605. In January 2004, WyoTech’s third campus opened in West Sacramento, California, with Automotive Technology, Applied Service Management, and Motorsports Chassis Fabrication courses. In addition, a new facility was added in 2005, and course offerings were expanded to include Street Rod and Custom Fabrication and Advanced Automotive Diagnostics. In October 2006 the third facility expansion was added and course offerings were expanded to include Collision/Refinishing Technology, Trim and Upholstery Technology and High Performance Power Trains. In October 2007, Light Duty Diesel was added to the Specialty Course offerings utilizing existing classrooms and shop space in the Automotive facility.
Other businesses 
Raley's, a major grocery store chain in Northern and Central California, has its corporate headquarters in West Sacramento.
The pension fund CalSTRS is based in West Sacramento.
Top employers 
According to the City's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|1||United States Postal Service||1,620|
|2||United Parcel Service||1,435|
|3||State of California||1,200|
|5||Washington Unified School District||802|
|8||City of West Sacramento||422|
|12||ProLogix Distribution Services||375|
|14||Tony's Fine Foods||340|
|16||All Phase Security||272|
|19||Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics||235|
|23||Consolidated Procurement Services||230|
|24||Farmer's Rice Cooperative||200|
The 2010 United States Census reported that West Sacramento had a population of 48,744. The population density was 2,133.5 people per square mile (823.8/km²). The racial makeup of West Sacramento was 29,521 (60.6%) White, 2,344 (4.8%) African American, 798 (1.6%) Native American, 5,106 (10.5%) Asian, 534 (1.1%) Pacific Islander, 6,709 (13.8%) from other races, and 3,732 (7.7%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15,282 persons (31.4%).
The Census reported that 48,406 people (99.3% of the population) lived in households, 246 (0.5%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 92 (0.2%) were institutionalized.
There were 17,421 households, out of which 6,626 (38.0%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 8,073 (46.3%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 2,574 (14.8%) had a female householder with no husband present, 1,016 (5.8%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 1,307 (7.5%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 186 (1.1%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 4,264 households (24.5%) were made up of individuals and 1,314 (7.5%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78. There were 11,663 families (66.9% of all households); the average family size was 3.37.
The population was spread out with 13,036 people (26.7%) under the age of 18, 4,435 people (9.1%) aged 18 to 24, 15,129 people (31.0%) aged 25 to 44, 11,363 people (23.3%) aged 45 to 64, and 4,781 people (9.8%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33.6 years. For every 100 females there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.0 males.
There were 18,681 housing units at an average density of 817.7 per square mile (315.7/km²), of which 10,234 (58.7%) were owner-occupied, and 7,187 (41.3%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 3.0%; the rental vacancy rate was 7.0%. 28,012 people (57.5% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 20,394 people (41.8%) lived in rental housing units.
As of the census of 2000, there were 31,615 people, 11,404 households, and 7,595 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,509.5 people per square mile (582.9/km²). There were 12,133 housing units at an average density of 579.3 per square mile (223.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 64.99% White, 2.57% African American, 1.76% Native American, 7.22% Asian, 0.58% Pacific Islander, 15.99% from other races, and 6.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 29.95% of the population.
There were 11,404 households out of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.2% were married couples living together, 15.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.4% were non-families. 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.39.
In the city the population was spread out with 29.8% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 97.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,718, and the median income for a family was $36,371. Males had a median income of $31,176 versus $30,183 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,245. About 17.2% of families and 22.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.8% of those under age 18 and 12.4% of those age 65 or over.
Famous residents 
- Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor of West Sacramento since 1998
- Malcolm Floyd, NFL Wide Receiver
- Eugene Garin, contemporary seascape artist
- Willie Jorrín, former World Boxing Council super bantamweight champion
- Burney Lamar, NASCAR driver
- Oleg Maskaev, former World Boxing Council heavyweight champion
- Anthony Portantino, CA State Assemblyman from La Canada Flintridge lives in a condo near the river when the legislature is in session
- Steve Sax, former LA Dodgers 2nd baseman
- Alberto Torrico - former Assemblyman from Newark, CA who now is a lobbyist in Sacramento
- Joseph Benavidez, MMA superstar, Top ranked fly weight in the world
Other notable people 
- Thomas E. Bumgarner - American Hero, DoW May 14, 1969 (attack on LZ Oasis May 11, 1969) http://www.vvmf.org/thewall/Wall_Id_No=6687
- "California's 6th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
- U.S. Census
- Population in Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas 2000 Census
- Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 575. ISBN 9781884995149.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: West Sacramento, California
- http://www.chp.ca.gov/offices/offices.html chp.ca.gov
- http://cbs13.com/local/local_story_057135521.html cbs.com
- City of West Sacramento Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2009 Retrieved 2010-09-25
- All data are derived from the United States Census Bureau reports from the 2010 United States Census, and are accessible on-line here. The data on unmarried partnerships and same-sex married couples are from the Census report DEC_10_SF1_PCT15. All other housing and population data are from Census report DEC_10_DP_DPDP1. Both reports are viewable online or downloadable in a zip file containing a comma-delimited data file. The area data, from which densities are calculated, are available on-line here. Percentage totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The Census Bureau defines families as a household containing one or more people related to the householder by birth, opposite-sex marriage, or adoption. People living in group quarters are tabulated by the Census Bureau as neither owners nor renters. For further details, see the text files accompanying the data files containing the Census reports mentioned above.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.