California’s Sixth Congressional District, nestled between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, is centered in metropolitan Sacramento, the heart of northern California. The city is both the capital of the Golden State and one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation. The 2005-2009 American Community Census Survey ranked it as the forty-first largest city in the United States, with a population of 658,493 in the city proper and roughly 1.2 million in the greater Sacramento area. Sacramento combines the comforts of a small town with the amenities of a thriving cosmopolitan city. Crime rates, air pollution, and commute times are all generally lower than those of other major California cities. With its dynamic and high-growth business sector, a new easy-to-use public transportation system, and a rich diversity of cultural, educational, and entertainment attractions, it is easy to see why Sacramento is an ideal place to live and do business.