This article is from the Sacramento FAQ, by David F. Prenatt, Jr. with numerous contributions by others.
Sacramento's growth during the 20th Century is dwarfed by that of
other California cities along the coast. Even so, Sacramento is still
the largest city in the Central Valley, and it also remains the
confluent center of agricultural production and other industries in
neighboring communities, especially after the completion of a
deepwater channel to the San Francisco Bay in 1963. Downsizing of the
military in recent years, however, along with the imminent closure of
McClellan Air Force Base, has left many people in the Sacramento area
concerned about their future employment prospects.