Elk Grove, California

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Elk Grove, California

Introduction to Elk Grove, California

The California city of Elk Grove is located in Sacramento County, only 15 miles south of the state capital of Sacramento. California State Highway 99 runs through the city, which is also close to Interstate I-5. The Sacramento International Airport, less than a 30-minute drive away, provides carrier service via major airlines and rail transportation is also available in Sacramento.

Founded in 1850 as a stage and hotel stop, Elk Grove soon became a hub for local commerce largely due to its proximity to historic Sutter's Fort. Evolving with a growth pattern distinct from that of its northern neighbor Sacramento, the city quietly expanded outward into adjoining countrywide areas until the late 20th century. Reliant on agriculture throughout most of its history, Elk Grove today retains its farms, vineyards, and livestock industries; but has more recently supplemented these with a burgeoning prominence of high-tech, professional service, commercial and retail enterprises.

Things to do in Elk Grove

Elk Grove is within easy driving distance of both the Bay Area and Sierra Mountain resorts, and the city also offers its visitors and residents a variety of home-grown attractions. One of Elk Grove's more prominent outdoor spots is Laguna Creek Parkway, a 13-mile waterway which includes walking and riding trails, fishing, and bird watching. On the western edge of the city is Stone Lakes Refuge, recently dedicated as a National Wildlife Refuge. Elk Grove is also home to dozens of small parks, totaling more than 140 acres of recreational amenities. The city also hosts several annual events. Some of these are:

  • Elk Grove Western Festival (May): Two days of Western-themed family-oriented fun.
  • Salute to Red, White & Blue: An annual Fourth of July event featuring music as well as ground and aerial fireworks displays.
  • Strauss Festival (July): Features the waltzes of Johann Strauss as interpreted by period-costumed dancers, actors, and a professional symphonic orchestra.
  • Community Harvest & Giant Pumpkin Festival (October): A hometown fall harvest festival with crafts, food and entertainment.
  • Dickens Faire (November): An old-fashioned street fair located in the historic section of Elk Grove.

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High Points

Elk Grove strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in California):

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 18% Elk Grove Low Rate of Poverty
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Elk Grove Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Elk Grove, California

Comparing Elk Grove to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in California (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Racial Diversity 9 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 7
Male Share of the Population 6 4
Female Share of the Population 5 7
Well-Paid Single Men 3 5
Age of the Population 3 4
Senior Citizens 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 10 8
Portion of People Married 10 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 8 9
Median Family Income 7 7
People in Middle Class or Better 7 8
College Educated Adults 5 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 6 4
Public Transportation Use 5 5
Short Commute Times 4 5
Walking and Biking to Work 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 6
Affordability of Rents 3 5
People Living Alone 1 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 1
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 1

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Elk Grove Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 13 miles SE of Sacramento, California
County Sacramento
Standard Zip Codes 95624, 95757, 95758
P.O. Box Zip Codes 95759
Phone Area Codes 916
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.408
Longitude -121.37

Elk Grove Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 9.4 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 54 F
Apr Temp 46 to 71 F
Jul Temp 58 to 92 F
Oct Temp 51 to 78 F
Annual Precip 17.9 inches
Station LODI
Distance 21.9 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 55 F
Apr Temp 45 to 74 F
Jul Temp 57 to 91 F
Oct Temp 48 to 79 F
Annual Precip 18.2 inches
Distance 23 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 55 F
Apr Temp 47 to 72 F
Jul Temp 61 to 95 F
Oct Temp 53 to 79 F
Annual Precip 24.6 inches
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Elk Grove Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 59,984 100%
Male 29,268 48.8%
Female 30,716 51.2%
Under 18 19,763 32.9%
18+ 40,221 67.1%
65+ 4,049 6.8%
Median Age 32
Average Family Size 3.51
White 35,464 59.1%
African-American 5,110 8.5%
Asian 10,553 17.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 562 0.9%
Other 3,865 6.4%
Mixed Race 4,075 6.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 8,398 14%

Estimated Elk Grove Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 112,338
Growth 52,354
Growth % 0%

Elk Grove Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 50.1%
German 10.3%
Irish 6.5%
English 5.7%
Italian 4.9%
US/American 4.2%
Portuguese 1.9%
Norwegian 1.4%
French (except Basque) 1.4%
European 1.4%
Scotch-Irish 1.1%
Swedish 1.1%
Scottish 1%
Polish 0.9%
Dutch 0.8%
African 0.7%
French Canadian 0.6%
Danish 0.6%
Greek 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Hungarian 0.4%
Swiss 0.4%
Russian 0.4%
British 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Nigerian 0.3%
Czech 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Elk Grove 59,984 $64,069
Citrus Heights 85,071 $51,207
Galt 19,472 $47,845
Lodi 56,999 $47,020
Rancho Cordova 55,060 $43,211
Sacramento 407,018 $42,051
West Sacramento 31,615 $36,371

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10064 Bruceville Road
Elk Grove & Auto Center
8450 Elk Grove Boulevard
Elk Grove & Waterman
9289 Elk Grove Blvd.
Elk Grove Florin & Bond
8868 Bond Road
Hwy. 99 & Bond
9160 East Stockton Blvd
Laguna & Bruceville
7701 Laguna Blvd.
Laguna & Franklin
5060 Laguna Blvd
Safeway-Elk Grove
5021 Laguna Blvd
Target Elk Grove T-1025
7505 Laguna Blvd.

Wal-mart in Elk Grove

(As of 2006)
8465 Elk Grove Blvd
(916) 684-7100
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Elk Grove High Schools (2004)

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Student/teacher ratio: 23.3

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Student/teacher ratio: 22.6

Serves 1,934 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.8

A Special Education School
Serves 161 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.3

A Non-traditional School
Serves 78 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.5

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Serves 28 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.3

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