Urban planners and related planning professionals are in-demand across the country, but did you know that the Sacramento metropolitan area employs the most urban planners in the country? According to a recent CityLab article, a study of concentrations of urban planners found that the Sacramento area employs 2.8 times more urban planners than the national average, with San Francisco not far behind in 3rd place with 2.4 times more than the average. In fact, every metropolitan area in California employs an above average number of urban planners, and urban planners in California, particularly the Bay Area, have higher salaries than anywhere else in the country. It’s also worth noting that the Stockton metro area topped the rest of the nation with the most growth in the field between 2014 and 2019.
As the capital of the most populous state, Sacramento is a hot spot for the field due to the fact that state governments tend to employ high numbers of urban and environmental planners. Similarly, Austin and Honolulu, the capitals of Texas and Hawaii, respectively, also rank among the nation’s highest employers of urban planners.
Whether you already work in the planning field or you’re looking to land a job as a planner, UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education’s Planning and Sustainability courses and certificate programs can help you learn the skills and best practices needed to excel in this in-demand profession. With all of our classes located conveniently in Downtown Sacramento, your next training opportunity with us might be steps away from your office in the number one city for urban planners in the country.