Living in Northern California

Stockton and Sacramento are full of Central Valley and Sierra Nevada flavors, relaxation and fresh air. Discover diverse cuisine and outdoor life, all in close proximity to favorite destinations like San Francisco, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park.

Fast facts about Stockton

City size: 64.75 mi² (167.7 km2)

Population: 734,000 (metropolitan area)

Demographics: Hispanic, 41.9%; Asian, 21.4%; African-American, 10.6%; Multiracial, 4.1%

Average temperature: 13°C in January, 28°C in May, 32°C in September

Key industries: Telecommunications, energy, education

Fast facts about Sacramento

City size: 100.11 mi² (259.27 km2)

Population: 2,414,783 (metropolitan area)

Demographics: White, 45%; Hispanic/Latino, 26.9%; Asian, 17.88%; African-American, 14.6%; Multiracial, 14.8%

Average daily temperature: 8°C in December, 24.2°C in July, 22.9°C in September

Key industries: Government, technology, health care

Cherry Blossoms


Stockton: The Haggin Museum

One of Stockton’s oldest attractions, the museum recently underwent a renovation and now boasts stunning new spaces that showcase its collection of late 19th and early 20th century art. Among its works the museum features the world’s largest collection of art by J.C. Leyendecker, one of the most popular American commercial artists of the early 20th century.

Sacramento: America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital

The Sacramento area boasts an unparalleled density of agriculture, as well as restaurants serving exquisitely prepared locally-grown food that changes with the seasons. Whether you’re grabbing a quick burger or enjoying an elegant and extravagant dinner, you’ll enjoy and savor truly locally-grown ingredients.

Sacramento: The NBA’s Sacramento Kings

Sacramento boasts its own NBA (National Basketball Association) team. Score some game tickets and grab your friends for an exciting evening cheering on the Sacramento Kings as they go up against some of the most competitive NBA teams in the United States! Games are held at the Golden 1 Center, where you’ll also be able to catch concerts with some of the best and most famous musicians in the world.

Stockton: The Japanese Garden at Micke Grove Park

Created by “Duke” Yoshimura in 1959 after his service in World War II and designed by Nagao Sakurai, the garden is lined with 60 Kwanzan flowering cherry trees and features a koi pond, 11 stone lanterns and a beautiful five-story pagoda.

Must-See Sights

Need a study break? With so much to taste, do, see and experience under clear blue skies, California living always has something to offer.

Lake Tahoe

After a short drive east, take in the overwhelming beauty of Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America. Lake Tahoe bridges California and Nevada and is famous for its striking blue water set within a perimeter of soaring snow-capped mountains. If you love the outdoors, you’ll enjoy boating, hiking and camping; if not, enjoy the restaurants and entertainment on the Nevada side of the lake.

Wilbur Hot Springs

1.5 hours from Sacramento and 2 hours from Stockton, Wilbur Hot Springs is found within a 1,800-acre nature preserve. Its waters are known to be therapeutic due to their unique mineral content.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite truly is a national treasure. With its abundant waterfalls, soaring mountains, expansive meadows and dramatic cliffs, Yosemite offers incredible hiking, biking, fishing and tubing.

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University of the Pacific offers a variety of on-campus housing options as well as dining locations, serving food from around the world.