A recent study ranked Sacramento traffic as the 9th worst in nation.
One of the major reasons that we sold the house in Shingle Springs and moved to Elk Grove was traffic. By late 1999, I was reaching the point where I was spending up to twenty hours a week commuting to Sacramento. Additionally, Sharon's family lives in Sacramento and we would often find ourselves going down to Sacramento on at least one of the weekend days.
While our commute improved dramatically with the move to Elk Grove, it has gradually deteriorated over the last three plus years. In spite of a national economic downturn, housing starts in Sacramento have continued at an amazing pace. Some of the projections I have seen suggest the entire region will be gridlocked by 2015.