(Guess where I lived a few years ago?)
Sounds like about 9 years ago maybe. Now, business is booming, rents and housing prices are up (though still only about a third of the Bay Area). I live in the burbs outside of Sac, and it's nice here. Of course there are bad parts of town, what city doesn't have them? Overall much better than the Bay Area where I moved from 15 years ago. But keep telling people it's hell here, before they all move here.