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Civics 38
Demographics 63
Economy 66
Education 42
Health 72
Housing 55
Infrastructure 43

#55. Woodland, CA

This vibrant northern California city, home to some 60,000 residents, has a robust and stable economy that’s rooted in agriculture and top-notch health care, thanks to the presence of Woodland Memorial Hospital and other providers. Woodland, CA is about 20 miles northwest of downtown Sacramento. Still, it’s just a few minutes from Sacramento International Airport, giving residents easy access to the rest of the country and the world. Plus, this forward-looking city is supportive of businesses big and small. Through a public-private partnership, the city recently opened The Lab@AgStart, an innovative shared wet lab, food lab and coworking space for startups.

Top Colleges/Universities: Woodland Community College

Top Industries & Employers: Agriculture and food, transportation, health care and manufacturing.

Weekend Plans: The Woodland Farmers Market is an absolute must-visit every Saturday. Then, plan a picnic at one of Woodland’s 24 neighborhood and community parks.

Favorite Place to Feast: Kitchen428 Restaurant, which offers farm-to-table cuisine inside the historic 1891 Jackson Building.

Beloved Beverage: Craft beers at Blue Note Brewing Company, a favorite local hangout in the heart of downtown Woodland.

Outdoorsy Activity: Take advantage of the abundant sunshine by playing a round of golf at Wild Wings Golf Course, one of the longest nine-hole courses in the region.

Why Your Pet Will Love It, Too: The Woodland Off-Leash Dog Park is the perfect place to make new friends, both human and canine.

Remote Work Perk: Chat away on Slack while sipping coffee and munching on avocado toast at Morgan’s Mill, a warm and welcoming local spot that’s laptop-friendly. Transition to a glass of wine or beer on Morgan’s patio after your afternoon meetings.

One More Thing … Woodland is home to the Reiff’s Gas Station Museum, a unique museum dedicated to cars and car culture. Reiff’s collection is an eclectic mix of antique and vintage cars, gas station signs and other items.

– Sarah Kuta

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