Since Sacramento’s inception in 1854, the city has had many names. Some are more memorable than others, like the oft-missed City of Trees moniker that paid homage to our urban forest — one that has been called the densest in the nation.
Each nickname tells a certain story about our home, like the unpopular Camellia City that references our status as the “Camellia City of the World.” That being said, not all of them ring true for locals.
Here are our favorite nicknames for the city we call home:
- Farm-to-Fork Capital —1.5 million acres of ag + foodie friendly restaurants
- River City — Our name has a confluence with the Sacramento River
- City of Trees
- Camellia City
There are also a few names others have given us. You usually won’t catch a local referring to our city this way, but they are nonetheless part of our history.
- Cow-town — an insult thrown by L.A. Lakers coach Phil Jackson that became a rallying cry for Kings fans.
- The Big Tomato — Gary Rotstein wrote about his native city for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and coined this name, for some reason.
- Almond Capital of the World — a Jeopardy clue about our city that aired in May 2019.