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 and 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.


Total Population 161,084
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 10.2%
Employed Population 16+ 70,437
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 53.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 35.6%
Median Earnings25+ $48,238
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,071
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,707


Median Family Income $85,473
% Above Poverty Level 89.6%
% Below Poverty Level 10.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 5.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 2.3%


People Living Alone 16.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,460
Median House Value $288,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 61.1%
US/American 0.2%
English 5.9%
Irish 6.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Citrus Heights 85,408 $58,727
Galt 24,607 $67,336
Lodi 63,589 $55,529
Rancho Cordova 68,326 $59,756
Sacramento 480,566 $58,714
West Sacramento 50,747 $59,912

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Student/teacher ratio: 23.3

Serves 2,439 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.6

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

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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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