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Elk Grove, California

Elk Grove was incorporated in July 2010. It is currently the second largest city by population in Sacramento County with an estimated population of 173,702 people. 


Elk Grove was founded in 1850 as stage stop for travelers coming and going from Sacramento and San Francisco. The town was named after a the Elk Grove Hotel and Stage Stop founded by James Hall.

Elk Grove remained a small farming town for nearly a century when suburban developments began in the 1980s. Because of its proximity to Sacramento and its commutable distance to the Bay Area, Elk Grove began to expand rapidly. With a population of approximately 10,000 in 1980, that number sextupled (multiplied by 6) in 20 years to 60,000 then more than doubled to 153,000 by 2010. Its growth peaked in 2004 when it was labeled as the "Fastest Growing City in the US."



Elk Grove is one of seven incorporated cities in Sacramento County only 15 miles from downtown Sacramento. Spanning zip codes 95624, 95757, 95758, and 95759, Elk Grove is conveniently located close to the Capital, the Sacramento Airport, and less than 2 hours from San Francisco and Lake Tahoe.


Weather & Climate

Rocklin, like most of the Sacramento-Metropolitan Area has a hot Mediterranean climate. Rocklin boasts a comfortable spring and fall averaging 70 degrees. Summers feature a dry heat with the average temperature in July around 95 degree with colder winters averaging 43 degrees in December. Despite the chilly temperature, Rocklin is located below the snow line so snow fall in Rocklin is a rare occurrence with the last significant snow day dating back to December 2009. 

The city averages about 21 inches of rainfall a year and over 250 sunny days.




Rocklin has a diverse economic base and strong job opportunities for residents, with a paltry unemployment rate of 4.3%, significantly lower than the rest of Placer County (6%), Sacramento (6.9%), and California (7.3%). The median household income in Rocklin is $79,678, well ahead of the national media of $58,328. Major employers include the Rocklin Unified School District, Oracle America, Inc., United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI), and Esurance Insurance Services, Inc., all employing more than 500 people. And although granite mining ended in Rocklin in 2004, jobs are picking up in the solar, education, and media sectors.


Things to Do

Rocklin residents enjoy a myriad of great options for entertainment and recreation. The Rocklin Historical Society Museum, Maidu Interpretive Center, Aerospace Museum of California, and Joss House Museum provide inspiration for curious minds. Other activities you can do with the whole family include: the Studio Movie Grill, LaserCraze, and an Indoor Trampoline Park. Golfers can tee off at the scenic 18-hole Rocklin Golf Course or Whitney Oaks Golf Club, open to the public. In fact, Rocklin has 30 public parks for recreation and sports, including an 18-hole disc golf course. 

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Real Estate in Elk Grove

Listings generally sell quickly in Elk grove due to its proximity to Sacramento and affordability.

As of the 2010 census, Elk Grove had approximately 50,634 housing units, 74.6% were owner occupied, while 25.4% were inhabited by renters. The city of Elk Grove estimates that in 2020, there will be nearly 58,000 housing units.


The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the 5th largest school district in California. It covers over 320 square miles and 67 schools including 42 elementary school, 9 middle schools, and 9 high schools.

Elk Grove residents are well-educated, with over 36.6% of adults over 25 earning bachelor’s degrees or higher.

To find out more about Elk Grove schools, you can visit the school district's website:


More About Elk Grove, California

Famous Residents of Elk Grove:

  • Arik Armstead, linebacker for NFL's San Francisco 49ers
  • Armond Armstead, defensive tackle for CFL's Toronto Argonauts
  • Ami Bera, physician; U.S. Representative, 7th district, California
  • Scott Boras, baseball sports agent who was named "Most Powerful Sports Agent" in 2013 by Forbes
  • Lance Briggs, linebacker for NFL's Chicago Bears
  • Bill Cartwright, player and coach for NBA's Chicago Bulls
  • Kyle Larson, NASCAR driver
  • Jeremy Reeves, Grammy winning producer
  • Kenny Wiggins, lineman for NFL's Los Angeles Chargers
  • Scott Smith, mixed martial artist

Sister City

Elk Grove's sister city is  Concepción de Ataco, El Salvador. 

Sister Cities International is a nonprofit citizendiplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between U.S. and international communities. We strive to build global cooperation at the municipal level, promote cultural understanding and stimulate economic development.

Sister Cities International is a leader for local community development and volunteer action. We motivate and empower private citizens, municipal officials and business leaders to conduct long-term sister city programs. We believe that sister city programs involve two-way communication and should mutually benefit partnering communities.


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