About Davis

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Davis is a university-oriented city with a progressive, vigorous community noted for its small-town style, energy conservation, environmental programs, parks, preservation of trees, red double-decker London buses, bicycles, and the quality of its educational institutions.

  • History

    The City of Davis was founded in 1868, it was originally named Davisville for Jerome C. Davis, a prominent local farmer. The Davisville post office shortened the town name in 1907 and the change was … more

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  • The Davis Song

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    The Davis Song was originally written by Heidi Bekebrede in 1987 and was pressed on 1000 red-vinyl 45 rpm records. Heidi and some members of Frankie and the Fabletones re-recorded the song 'a … more

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  • Golden Lupine

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    In the 1970’s, the City of Davis City Council designated the Golden Lupine as the official Davis City flower. Lupinus densiflorus var. aureus 'Ed Gedling' (also referenced as Lupinus … more

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  • Location and Topography

    Located in Yolo County, in the Central Valley of northern California, Davis is situated 11 miles west of Sacramento, 385 miles north of Los Angeles, and 72 miles northeast of San Francisco.

    One … more

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  • Weather

    The Central Valley climate can be described as Mediterranean. The mild temperate climate means enjoyment of outdoors all year long. During the hot, dry, sunny summers, temperatures on some days can … more

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  • Infrastructure Profile

    A major advantage of the Davis region is that it is situated at the hub of several highways, a nearby deep-water port, a major airport and transcontinental rail lines. The area enjoys considerable … more

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  • Population and Housing

    Davis is located in Yolo County, which has been one of the fastest growing counties based on percentage of change. Davis has been characterized by robust economic and population growth, especially in … more

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  • Labor and Employment

    Davis has a highly skilled professional and technical labor force with unemployment rates lower than the national average of 9.1% and lower than the California average of 11.9% (September 2011). … more

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  • Government

    Cities are “local” governments, voluntarily formed by and for their citizens, to provide for local self-determination of community issues. The City of Davis is a municipal corporation … more

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  • Community

    Davis is noted for its desirable quality of life, its seeming small town atmosphere, and an emphasis on parks and open spaces. Davis’ parks contain picnic facilities, ball fields and swimming … more

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  • Science and Innovation

    Davis is a town that prides itself on innovation. Muir Commons is a 26-home co-housing community experiment in living borrowed from Europe. This complex allows residents to enjoy the economy of … more

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  • School District

    The Davis Joint Unified School District is a premier California school district that provides for primary and secondary (K-12) public education in Davis. The student body totaled more than 8,700 … more

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  • The University

    Davis is the home to the University of California at Davis making it one the state's few remaining "college towns." UC Davis is a world class university with such varied attractions as the arboretum … more

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  • Principles of One Community

    To commemorate UC Davis' centennial anniversary, the Associated Students of UC Davis (ASUCD) formed an Executive Task Force to develop, in conjunction with representatives from UC Davis, the City of … more

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