There are other places in Sacramento...there is Roseville, Rocklin and the old neighborhoods in the center of Sacramento. They are also developing West Sac to appeal to young couples and families, but I do not like their school district.
I am a guy with a "young family" in Sacramento. What appeals to me may not necessarily appeal to others. Many factors were important when my wife and I were choosing our home. These included PRICE, proximity to work, walkable / bikeable, parks, opportunity for return on our investment (perceived neighborhood revitalization, "sweat-equity" opportunity, down payment assistance program availability in certain neighborhoods, etc.), and a chance for community involvement and activism.
Schools weren't yet in our minds as we had about a 5-7 year timeline in mind and our children wouldn't be in school by the time we were planning on cashing out our "sweat-equity" and moving to another house. We found safety really lies in the eye of the beholder. Though throwing off the stigma in recent years, our neighborhood of Oak Park was not perceived as necessarily "safe" when we moved in, but we have never had any issues in this neighborhood and actually found other neighborhoods in Sacramento less safe.
There is quite a divers variety of neighborhoods in our city and an even more diverse notion of what an "ideal" neighborhood is, no matter what group you try to lump together and categorize.
Long answer short... It depends on your idea of "ideal!"
Best of Luck,
Ted A. Greene