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Elk Grove, California
City of Elk Grove
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Official seal of Elk Grove, California
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"Proud Heritage, Bright Future"
Location of Elk Grove in Sacramento County, California.
Location of Elk Grove in Sacramento County, California.
Elk Grove, California is located in the United States
Elk Grove, California
Elk Grove, California
Location in the United States
Country United States
State California
County Sacramento
District Cosumnes CSD
Incorporated July 1, 2000
 • Type Council/Manager
 • Total 42.20 sq mi (109.29 km2)
 • Land 42.03 sq mi (108.86 km2)
 • Water 0.17 sq mi (0.43 km2)  0.12%
46 ft (14 m)
 • Total 176,124
 • Rank 2nd in Sacramento County
26th in California
147th in the United States
 • Density 4,190.44/sq mi (1,617.89/km2)
Time zone UTC−8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
95624, 95757–95759
Area code 916, 279
FIPS code 06-22020
GNIS feature IDs 277506, 2410425

Elk Grove is a city in Sacramento County, California, located just south of the state capital of Sacramento. It is part of the SacramentoArden-ArcadeRoseville Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2020 Census, the population of the city was 176,124. Elk Grove has many wineries, wine cellar and vineyards. Elk Grove was the fastest-growing city in the U.S. between July 1, 2004, and July 1, 2005, and is also presently the second-largest city in Sacramento County.

The City of Elk Grove incorporated on July 1, 2000. It is a general law city with a council/manager form of government. One of Elk Grove's most significant aspects is the Elk Grove Unified School District, which is the city's second largest employer.


Spanish explorer Gabriel Moraga entered the region in 1808, naming the valley "Sacramento Valley" in honor of Sacramento, the Holy Sacrament in Spanish, giving the northerly city of Sacramento of which Elk Grove is a suburb its name. A writer on Moraga's expedition wrote of the region: "Canopies of oaks and cottonwoods, many festooned with grapevines, overhung both sides of the blue current. Birds chattered in the trees and big fish darted through the pellucid depths. The air was like champagne, and (the Spaniards) drank deep of it, drank in the beauty around them."

Elk Grove itself was founded in 1850 as a stage stop for travelers coming from Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area, when the Elk Grove Hotel and Stage Stop was opened by James Hall and the town was subsequently named after it. In 1868 the Western Division of the Central Pacific Railroad came through about a mile east of Elk Grove. At this new location another hotel was built to accommodate travelers and was also named the Elk Grove Hotel.

In the following decades, Elk Grove remained a small farming community with little urban development. However, in the late 1980s, suburban development projects began to spring up around the community, specifically in the north near Sacramento. This was meant to serve Sacramento's population as well as San Francisco commuters looking for a community relatively near the San Francisco Bay Area which they could settle in and still commute from. This set off a period of rapid suburban growth which hit its peak in the years 2004 and 2005 when Elk Grove was declared the fastest growing city in the US.

On July 1, 2000, Elk Grove incorporated as a city. In 2008 Elk Grove suffered heavily from the subprime mortgage crisis due to its suburban nature.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 2,205
1970 3,721 68.8%
1980 10,959 194.5%
1990 17,483 59.5%
2000 59,984 243.1%
2010 153,015 155.1%
2020 176,124 15.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
Racial composition 2018
White 25.8%
—Non-Hispanic 21.8%
Asian American 38.3%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 18.4%
Black or African American 12.1%
Two or More Races 8.4%

Sister cities

Elk Grove is a sister city of Concepción de Ataco in El Salvador.



Top employers in Elk Grove in 2019
# Employer # of Employees
1 Apple Inc. 5,000
2 Elk Grove Unified School District 4,055
3 CA Correctional Health Care Services 1,124
4 Cosumnes Community Services District 805
5 Walmart 515
6 Kaiser Permanente 443
7 Raley's/Bel Air Markets 398
8 Alldata LLC 376
9 City of Elk Grove 347
10 Nissan of Elk Grove 301
11 Costco 220
12 Trader Joe's 50


The Elk Grove Unified School District is the fifth largest school district in California and one of the fastest growing school districts in the nation. Located in southern Sacramento County, the district covers 320 square miles (830 km2), one-third of the county. For the 2002–03 school year, the district served more than 52,500 students, and grew to 62,767 students in the 2016–2017 school year. Those students attend 40 elementary schools, 9 middle schools, 9 high schools and 7 alternative high schools.

There are also several private schools in town. A local community college, Cosumnes River College, offers both career training and a transfer program to four-year universities. Located nearby are California State University, Sacramento and the University of California, Davis. Elk Grove is also the home of the private six-year Universalist college Quest Seminary. In 2013, California Northstate University College of Pharmacy, which offers a Doctor of Pharmacy degree program, relocated to Elk Grove (near Interstate 5).



Elk Grove is serviced by a fared bus system called e-Tran that traverses many of the city's main routes.


Cosumnes Community Services District owns and operates over 100 parks in Elk Grove, including Emerald Lakes Golf Course.


There are plans for SacRT to expand its light rail system two miles from Cosumnes River College to Elk Grove Boulevard, however these plans are currently in the planning phase. Amtrak California San Joaquin intercity rail and Altamont Corridor Express commuter rail were expected to be brought directly to Elk Grove in 2021. However, the project has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing wildfires throughout the state.

Notable people

  • Arik Armstead (born 1993), defensive lineman for NFL's San Francisco 49ers
  • Armond Armstead (born 1990), defensive tackle for CFL's Toronto Argonauts
  • Ami Bera (born 1965), physician; U.S. Representative, 7th district, California
  • Scott Boras (born 1952), baseball sports agent who was named "Most Powerful Sports Agent" in 2013 by Forbes
  • Lance Briggs (born 1980), linebacker for NFL's Chicago Bears
  • Ally Carda, 2020 Tokyo Silver Medalist in softball
  • Dylan Carlson (baseball) (born 1998), outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Bill Cartwright (born 1957), player and coach for NBA's Chicago Bulls
  • Cody Demps (born 1993), basketball player for Hapoel Be'er Sheva of the Israeli Basketball Premier League
  • Earl Gage Jr. (ca. 1927–2017), firefighter
  • Kyle Larson (born 1992), NASCAR driver and 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion
  • Jeremy Reeves, Grammy winning producer
  • Scott Smith (born 1979), mixed martial artist
  • Tyler, the Creator (born 1991) rapper, songwriter, record producer
  • Kenny Wiggins, lineman for NFL's Detroit Lions
  • Matt Manning, Baseball player

See also

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