Renter's Guide to Davis
Welcome to the gorgeous city of Davis, California! It's a very progressive and environmentally friendly city, with streets that are safe for cyclists and pedestrians. From the downtown area and its many great bars, restaurants, shops, and events to the UC-Davis campus, you'll never be short on things to keep you busy here.
The weather in Davis can get awfully hot in the summer, with temperatures easily reaching into the upper 80s and 90s. But fortunately, there's not much humidity. Average winter temperatures are in the mid 50s to low 60s, though they can dip into the upper 30s at night. The city receives around 20 inches of rain annually.
Davis, CA Demographics
- Total Population66,510
Female 32,428Male 34,082
- Median Age25.6
Cost of Living in Davis, CA
The cost of living is comparable to Sacramento, although Davis is a little bit higher. Dinner for two at a mid-range costs around $60, while a domestic beer to go with your meal will be about $2.50 to $3.
Basic utility services for a 915 square-foot apartment in Davis cost an average of $150/month, which is right on par with both Sacramento and the nationwide average.
Bus service in Davis comes courtesy of Yolobus – Yolo County’s public transportation provider. Monthly passes start at $93. Being close to Sacramento means you also have access to ride sharing via Uber or Lyft, as well as 24-hour taxi service.
Average Rent in Davis, CA
- Davis, CA Average Rental Price, May, 2018$1,785/mo
- 1 Bedroom$1,373
- 2 Bedrooms$1,793
Davis, CA Apartment Rent Ranges
- > $2,00035%
Davis, CA Rent Trends
|All rentals||Studio||1 Bed||2 Beds||3 Beds|
|May / 2018||$1,785||$1,166||$1,373||$1,793|
|Sept / 2017||$1,926||$1,169||$1,361||$1,765|
|May / 2017||$1,885||$1,206||$1,351||$1,726|
|Jan / 2017||$1,859||$1,162||$1,308||$1,723|
|Sept / 2016||$1,752||$1,053||$1,254||$1,622|
|May / 2016||$1,732||$1,084||$1,229||$1,611|
|Jan / 2016||$1,716||$1,051||$1,221||$1,609|
|Sept / 2015||$1,665||$1,000||$1,169||$1,519|
|May / 2015||$1,658||$978||$1,147||$1,500|
|Jan / 2015||$1,620||$920||$1,118||$1,469|
Average rent is projected to grow by 7% in 2018 compared to 2017.
Please note that projected rent growth is calculated at city level.
Average rent values on this page are aggregated from data from the following zip codes: 9561695618
Living in Davis, CA
WalletHub ranked Davis #18 out of 240 on their Best California Cities to Put Down Roots!
The area was also named the best small town for cycling by Bicycling Magazine.
That's because it's filled with open spaces and parks, which definitely helps its reputation as a friendly biking community. There are over 50 miles of bike paths within its 10 square miles.
The city is also touted as being socially innovative and environmentally conscious. And its just a short trip away from the state's capital and its amenities.
But living in Davis does have a few drawbacks. Although it’s a dry heat, temperatures regularly soar into the 90s during the hotter months. And while there are college sports to enjoy at UC-Davis, the closet professional team is the NBA’s Sacramento Kings.
Things to do in Davis
Central Park Gardens is a gorgeous place to spend time and be one with nature. Their grounds are beautiful, and there's even some unique art scattered throughout. Twice a week, Central Park hosts a farmers market with fresh vegetables and fruits, arts and crafts vendors, and live entertainment.
Out of the city's 34 total community parks, four have swimming pools, along with play areas, picnic shelters, and more.
The UC-Davis Design Museum takes its visitors into the world of design, and shows how it shapes our everyday life. The nearby US Bicycle Hall of Fame recognizes competitive cyclists, while celebrating the history of American cycling.
Downtown Davis is filled with unique and thriving businesses, retail shops, restaurants, art, and entertainment. Annual events include Celebrate Davis – a festival including music, family activities, and fireworks. And the Davis Beer Week and Fest runs for 7 days in August and features 30 craft brews, all celebrating the city’s craft brew businesses.
College sports fans can enjoy the NCAA Division II Aggies at UC-Davis, or head over to Sacramento to see a Kings basketball game.
For day trips or evenings out, San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose are all 100 miles away or less, and home to baseball's Giants and A’s, football's 49ers and Raiders, hockey’s Sharks, and basketball’s Golden State Warriors.
San Francisco is also a great city to spend time in for other reasons, whether enjoying its world-famous dining or taking a tour of Alcatraz. There are tours, galleries, and incredible views of the bay all throughout the area.
Employment and Economy
The biggest industries in Davis are government and education. The top 3 employers are the University of California – Davis, Davis Joint Unified School District, and the City of Davis.
In nearby Sacramento, major industries include technology, health care, and government.
Davis, CA Households
- Total Number of Households24,428
Family 11,844Non-family 12,584
Children 6,291No Children 18,137
- Average People Per Household2.64
- Median Household Income$56,463
- Median Housing Costs Per Month$1,381
Education in Davis
The University of California has a campus in Davis with an average student population of 36,000. UC-Davis was listed by Money Magazine as the 17th Best College out of 705 ranked.
About 10 miles to the north is Woodland Community College, which is ranked among the top 25 community colleges in California. This two-year college offers associate degrees programs and is often a springboard to the four-year universities.
Public schools in Davis are part of the Davis Joint Unified School District.
Davis, CA Education Statistics
- No High School1%
- Some High School13%
- Some College30%
- Associate Degree4%
- Bachelor Degree24%
- Graduate Degree27%
Tips for Renting in Davis
Ready to put down roots in Davis? You'll love it here! First though, let's take a minute to get familiar with the local tenant laws.
California allows for local rent control laws – but Davis doesn't have any. That means that your landlord is able to increase rent once your lease period is over.
But they have to give at least 60 days notice if the increase is 10% or more.
California law also allows a tenant to "repair and deduct" if the landlord fails to make vital repairs to your apartment. But there are some steps you need to take, so make sure to follow the full process.
And always read your rental agreement in full before signing, since they can vary from place to place.
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