Greater Sacramento is the capital of California, the world’s fifth largest economy. It is located 88 miles east of the San Francisco Bay Area. The two areas share an economy and workforce. Greater Sacramento is the ideal entry point for international companies to access West Coast markets while keeping costs low.
Top international employers in the region
2,500 regional employees
250 regional employees
120 regional employees
196 regional employees
112 regional employees
110 regional employees
Icheon-si, South Korea*
1,900 regional employees
174 regional employees
79 regional employees
663 regional employees
159 regional employees
Regional employee count TBD
Sources: Business Journal Book of Lists, LinkedIn & DB Hoovers
* Subsidiary’s global headquarters is based in Greater Sacramento
International connections and resources
consulates within 100 miles
ethnic and trade organizations within 100 miles
jobs supported by foreign-owned companies
Top countries for foreign direct investment (FDI)
Top 5 countries for FDI by jobs supported
Top 5 countries for FDI by number of foreign-owned companies
Greater Sacramento is gaining momentum as a destination for international investment. One-third of the companies Greater Sacramento Economic Council brings to the region and 40% of those in the team’s pipeline are foreign-owned. Between 2021 and early 2023, GSEC brought 11 foreign-owned companies to the region, creating more than 2,900 jobs.
|Parent company headquarters
|Icheon-si, South Korea
The best place to live and work on the West Coast
Greater Sacramento is the #1 place to live in California (Forbes). It has one of the lowest cost of living among large cities in California and on the West Coast.
Business expansion and relocation assistance
The Greater Sacramento Economic Council (GSEC) is the region’s leading economic development organization. Our team helps companies navigate and identify solutions to meet their goals. With regional, state and national connections, GSEC ensures companies have a customized and seamless entry into the Greater Sacramento region. Our services include:
- Site selection assistance
- State and local incentive identification
- Custom research and analytics
- Talent attraction and development
- Diversity and inclusion strategy
- Public relations and marketing
- Connectivity to consulates and service providers
- Experience working with international investors
of population is foreign-born
of population speaks a foreign language
Source: 2021 ACS 1-Yr Estimate Data Profile, DP02 table
An international airport, Amtrak train network, major north-south and east-west freeways and regional public transportation offer great connectivity between Greater Sacramento and major markets in the U.S. and around the world. The downtown area also offers shipping access from its deep-water port: the Port of West Sacramento, which is a Foreign Trade Zone.
Sacramento International Airport
Sacramento International Airport is the #1 midsize airport in the U.S. (Wall Street Journal). The airport is a 10 minute drive from downtown Sacramento. It offers daily nonstop flights to Canada (Toronto and Vancouver), Mexico (Guadalajara and Cabo San Lucas) and major hubs across the United States.
Cities and counties within the Greater Sacramento region are connected to cities across the world. See the cities that our communities have Sister City relationships in the map below.