The 2012 Relocation Reports: Sacramento County, California

NAR Research has produced a total of 3,147 Relocation Reports for U.S. counties. The Relocation Report for each county presents information for that county on county‐to‐county migration flows within the United States, the average incomes of households moving between the specific county and other counties, demographic summaries of homeownership rates, and types of home mortgages (e.g., Conventional, FHA, VA, and FSA/RHS).  The most recently available data are for 2010.

Sacramento County has as its county seat the city of Sacramento, the state capital of California.  The Greater Sacramento metropolitan area consists of eight counties.

Total in-migration to the county was 25,887 households.  A total of 6,257 households came from out of state–for example,

  • Washoe County, NV (254 households)
  • Maricopa County, AZ (228 households)

In-migration from in-state counties included Placer County (3,512 households), and El Dorado County (1,339 households).

Total out-migration was 25,851 households, of which 7,337 moved to a different state, for example,

  • Maricopa County, AZ (309 households)
  • Washoe County, NV (238 households)

Out-migration to counties in California included Placer County (4,192 households) and Yolo County (1,888 households).

The homeownership rate for Sacramento County was reported as 58 percent. For home sales with mortgages, 68 percent were conventional, 29 percent were FHA-insured, and 3 percent were VA-guaranteed.

The average income of households moving into Sacramento County was $ 38,833, and the average income of households leaving the county was $ 43,898.

Information can be found at

Jed Smith, Managing Director, Quantitative Research

Jed Smith is Managing Director, Quantitative Research with the National Association of Realtors®. He has worked on real estate issues for the past 20 years, providing input on a variety of housing, commercial real estate, tax, and planning issues. Recently he has been involved in several international studies.

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