Sacramento is a city in the very heart of Northern California and on the western edge of the 916 area code. The city has a population of 472,178 people, which makes it the sixth-largest city in California and the 35th-largest city in the nation. Sacramento’s population was declared to be the most racially- and ethnically-integrated in the nation by Time Magazine in 2002.
The city originally began as a stockade and trading colony called Sutter’s Fort, named after its founder John Sutter, in 1840. Eight years later, gold was discovered at the nearby Sutter’s Mill, which sparked an international gold rush and led to a large influx of immigrants into the region, mostly from the United States. These immigrants, many of them searching for gold, became known as the 49ers and gave the foundation allowing for the creation of a city. Sacramento was incorporated in 1850, making it the oldest incorporated city in the state of California.
The city is the state capital of California, and the presence of a large number of governmental agencies and the state legislature of such a populous state generates a large quantity of business for the many constitutional and administrative law attorneys. In addition to the state government being Sacramento’s largest employer, the city also boasts healthcare, education, and manufacturing industries. Sutter Health, Blue Diamond Growers, Aerojet, Teichert, and the McClatchy Company are all companies based in Sacramento.
The city is also home to California State University Sacramento, the University of California Davis School of Medicine, the University of California Sacramento Center, the Art Institute of California – Sacramento, the University of Sacramento, and the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, the latter of which regularly annually contributes to the growth of the number of lawyers living and working in the 916 area code as more of its alumni join the legal workforce after graduation.
Sacramento plays host to several different social events throughout the year. Attorneys who are fans of jazz music love attending the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, which is the second largest jazz festival in the world and the largest hotel in the nation. Families from all over the 916 area code love attending the California State Fair every summer. Members of the legal profession who adore foreign films regularly attend screenings during the Sacramento French Film Festival and the Sacramento Japanese Film Festival. White-collar professionals, including lawyers, who like professional basketball routinely cheer for the Sacramento Kings NBA team during the professional basketball season. History fanatics residing in the 916 area code never miss Old Sacramento’s Gold Rush Days, when an army of costumed volunteers recreate mid-19th-century life in Sacramento. Lawyers and other professionals who are fans of musical theater enjoy attending performances at Sacramento Music Circus Tent during the summer stock season.
Being the arts and culture center for the region has led to the city to be the home of many museums and art galleries, as well as fostering the career for many notable people who have resided in the region in the past. Transportation nuts residing in the 916 area code frequently visit the California Automobile Museum and the California State Railroad Museum. Attorneys and others interested in the night sky enjoy watching shows at Sacramento’s only public planetarium located in the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center. Art lovers from all over the 916 area code regularly take self-guided walking tours of Sacramento’s Art in Public Places and visit the Crocker Art Museum, which is the oldest continuously-operating art museum west of the Mississippi.
Several well-known people have called Sacramento home over the years, including novelist Mark Twain, rock band CAKE, columnist Herb Caen, musician and member of the Eagles Timothy B. Schmidt, Olympic gold medalist Mark Spitz, actress Jessica Chastain, rock band The Cramps, novelist Nicholas Sparks, actor Tom Hanks, rock band Deftones, broadcaster and political commentator Rush Limbaugh, actress Brenda Song, broadcaster Don Imus, actor Sam Elliott. Rock band Papa Roach, and musician Raphael Saadiq.