MGINSD saidGood: proximity to Sierra and Bay Area/Wine Country; small town lifestyle, decent - for CA! - housing and food prices.
Bad: minute gay scene, w/ only 2-3 bars, SF's too close for much more; lack of really good restaurants, again proximity to SF steals the plate, if not the show; in fact, arts, music and other cultural scenes defer to SF's; really hot summers, even if "only" a dry heat; general lack of "happenings" - fires seem to be the major news story.
Good luck to you!
Sac has 6 gay bars that I know of: Merc, faces, badlands, sidetrax, depot, bolt. Five out of those 6 are on the same street corner known as "lavender heights". It's actually kind of a nice area imo. Second Saturdays in the summer, and the Merc is always a lively local gay dive bar for all ages... and I do mean all. It's a pretty local gay scene, much easier to navigate than larger cities. Can be good or bad.
Lack of good restaurants? Farm to fork is everywhere here. Seems like there's always something new and trendy to try in midtown.
The truth is that Sac is not BIG. It's not a really large metropolitan city like SF where the whole city is cultured and liberal. It's the grid itself and the proximate areas that resemble the bay area vibe.
It's also hot... but I like that.