Davis - College Town, Old Farming Town, Suburb
Davis is a small city in the Sacramento Valley just a few miles west of Sacramento itself. I lived here for seven years whilst going to college and for a little while afterwards. Although I've always had mixed feelings about it, as with most towns, overall I very much enjoyed living here and still find it a nice place to visit, and we still visit it a few times a year.
Davis's character is primarily a combination of three identities, which mostly blend well but don't entirely. First and foremost, it is uber-college town, its primary and extremely obvious characteristic that tends, at least superficially, to dominate most of the town's identity and energy. Second of all, it is also a traditional Central Valley town associated with agriculture, although this element of the town is slowly changing and weakening, a process that rapidly began to affect the town in the last year that I lived there and has accelerated since. Finally, it is a suburb of Sacramento, an element that has grown a lot in recent years and which especially tends to dominate must of South Davis and eastern housing developments, which sprawl so close to Sacramento and far from the UC and downtown than many people in those eastern areas not only work in Sacramento but rely more on Sacramento for entertainment, etc.