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Sacramento is the sixth largest city in California, with a population of almost 1/2 million people. A former gold rush town, Sacramento is a major transportation and commerce hub linking the east with California's coastal cities. It is also a major cultural hub, with playhouses, ballet, concert venues and sports teams.
The city is located where the Sacramento and American rivers meet, and is the shipping and rail center for the Sacramento Valley. The area has wet and mild winters and hot, dry summers. Large regional employers include Intel, Kaiser Permanente, and Sutter Health.
Regional destinations include Old Sacramento with its historical buildings that have been preserved for today's generation to explore. There are also major theater venues including the Sacramento Convention Center Complex, Wells Fargo Pavilion, and the McClatchy Main Stage. Performance arts opportunities include the Sacramento Ballet, Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Sacramento Opera. The Sacramento Shakespeare Festival under the stars is another popular event.
Sacramento is also home to many museums including the Crocker Art Museum, the oldest public art museum west of the Mississippi River. There is also the California museum for History, Women, and the Arts, the California State Railroad Museum, and the California Automobile Museum. The city hosts The Sammies—the Sacramento Music Awards—each year.