Sacramento is the Gold Standard of a Community Coming Together

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Allison Oldani, Staff Writer

Americans are stubborn. Stereotypically, we will usually just handle our own problems and will not ask for help. However, it is important now more than ever to rely on communities for help. Most cities have resources that should be utilized. After all, they are there for a reason. 

Communities are more likely to come together during periods of high stress. This case is no different. However, the level at which communities come together to help each other differs. The best city to live in for the most likelihood of good community and resources is a mid-sized one.

In a very small city, the people are more likely to be familiar with each other and therefore more likely to lean on their communities and resources. Though because the city is so small it may lack adequate resources to effectively care for its citizens. Big cities, on the other hand, have the opposite problem. While a big city has many more resources than a small one, its citizens lack a sense of community. 

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation (OECD), a large metropolitan area must have a population greater than 1.5 million, a metropolitan area has a population between 500,000 and 1.5 million, a medium-sized urban area has a population between 200,000 and 500,000, and a small urban area has a population between 50,000 and 200,000 (OECD (2020), Urban population by city size (indicator). doi: 10.1787/b4332f92-en (Accessed on 01 April 2020).

Sacramento has a population of 501,901. It is right on the cusp of being a metropolitan area and a medium urban area. This works to its advantage though. Its population size indicates it has the resources of a metropolitan area but still the connections between the community that large metropolitan areas don’t possess. 

Simply put, Sacramento is the gold standard. Both its community and government have worked to alleviate the hardships during quarantine. Most notably, Elliot Geneste de Besme started a mutual aid google doc for online neighbors to help each other out (Stark).

In the google doc, you can share what you need, when you need it by, what you can provide to help others, and even what pronouns you prefer to use. More than 100 people have already used and shared it. Other mutual aid google docs have been made for specific neighborhoods and other local areas in Sacramento. 

Sacramento takes their support of one another one step further by trying to help the homeless. Most people and communities would forget about this group of people but not Sacramento. Caity Maple raised well over 3,000 dollars for “ five hand washing stations at the six largest homeless camps in Sacramento for four weeks with regular refilling” (Stark).