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. Ecologically aware and socially innovative, Davis has a small-town friendliness and spirit of volunteerism that distinguish it from cities of similar size. Residents are active in local, national and international political causes, in the arts and in community organizations ranging from the Explorit Science Center to the Davis Art Center. Students compose a large portion of the city’s population of 62,000, making Davis one of the state’s few remaining college towns.
Though closely linked to the university, the city maintains a strong identity of its own. Community theater companies and local galleries provide creative outlets for people in the community and supplement the cultural events presented by the university. The city has long recognized the importance of open space in maintaining its small-town atmosphere and has created numerous city parks offering a variety of attractions: tennis courts, playgrounds, swimming pools, playing fields and many activities for children. Winters in Davis are generally mild. It rarely snows, but you should get good use from your rainwear. Summers are sunny, hot and dry. Although on some days the thermometer can exceed 100 degrees, summer days are usually in the low 90s, and a reliable sea breeze cools overnight temperatures to the 60s. Spring and fall weather is some of the most pleasant in the state.