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  • Elk Grove has a Livability Score of 76/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Elk Grove crime rates are 39% lower than the California average
  • Cost of living in Elk Grove is 8% lower than the California average
  • Elk Grove real estate prices are 22% lower than the California average
  • Rental prices in Elk Grove are 15% higher than the California average

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      Elk Grove, CA

      Elk Grove, CA City traces its locale in California Sacramento County. The city extends its parts in the statistical area, Roseville Metropolitan Arden Arcade Sacramento. When it comes to development, it is the first developing city in the United States. The city secures the second-largest position in Sacramento County.

      The city is regulated by general law and operates with a council-manager kind of governance. One of the significant aspects distinguishing the Elk Grove city is the Elk Grove Unified District School. The latter stands as the most prominent institution offering employment opportunities for the city`s` inhabitants. While exploring the city, you cannot get stranded. You will meet the rails and bus transport system to help you through the city. Elk Grove is served by a flexible bus system taking its inhabitants to different parts of the city. The bus uses many of the city’s major roads.

      Elk Grove expects a rail system consisting of Altamont Express computer and San Joaquin Amtrak, California. If you are looking for an excellent study place, you are covered. Many schools are established in the city. You can access numerous schools, including other colleges and universities. Public libraries are also available for a good reading experience. Other neighboring communities can access library services. You can get a public Library at Elk Grove Boulevard. With unlimited access, you are also open to other local libraries, such as Franklin High. The town is a haven for business development and many opportunities. It is a serene area with numerous settlement places.

      You cannot miss an array of prospects for growth. You can meet friendly families who are ready to associate and lead you through. Being the first city in California from 2000, it has developed a blossoming environment of job opportunities. You can get exclusive services ranging from the distinct police department, animal vet services, to an excellent transport system—the city boasts of a growing future and exclusive heritage.
      The climate is favorable with 4 seasons. During the summer, you can experience warm, dry days that are cooled in the evening by Delta breeze. Rains are not an exception; you experience a rainy season between April and November.

      While touring the city, local attractions are more than appealing. You can access the Laguna Creek Parkway, western edge Stones Lake Refuge, and Consumnes Preserve River in the Southern edge of the city. With numerous city events, you cannot get bored. The Elk Grove Western festival, Salute to Red, White and blue, Multicultural festival, Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival, and many more. In case of any emergencies, you will access medical care run by professional medics. While navigating through town, you cannot miss any essential needs.

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      good right now, but how will it be in the future

      Elk Grove is a very diverse city. A long time ago it use to be very white. Now the white population is about 40%, then next majority race are Asian, then Hispanic, followed with a Black/African American population of about 10-13%. Just driving around and going to the shopping centers and stores, you can see that diversity. So if this is high importance to you, then there you go. If you are African American/Black, it is very diverse here and in the Sacramento region more than the South Bay Area, or Central CA Fresno area. There is always a good handful of black/african american people mixed into every place you go. You never feel totally outnumbered which is great for diversity. However, be cautious this is also why many old Elk Grove residents when it was mostly White don't like the direction of how it is becoming due to the diversity. A lot of new and old time Elk Grove citizens are mixed about how Elk Grove will be in the future. It has already turned more diverse through the years due to a lot of Bay Area residents moving there. Some might consider that good, some bad. Also because of this, it has raised the market rate for the homes. New 3000 sq ft homes are easily in the $500K. Some may consider high for the region. Just looking present day, Elk Grove provides good diversity and that diversity brings many types of diverse businesses. You'll have your ethnic stores and also your typical stores. The school district is good here, but not great or the best--which goes to Roseville, Rocklin, Folsm. Crime is currently ranked good but not great or the best. And this could be related to the outlook of Elk Grove in the future. Many residents especially long time residents are saying Elk Grove is going downhill. The demographic has clearly shifted and will continue to is what they are saying. Take it as you may, but Asian population may overtake White in the years to come. A lot of conservatives dont like that and thus why they are saying Elk Grove is changing to what they do not agree with. Also with South Sacramento bordering Elk Grove, there is constant debate of crime fall off. It's often argued but its a legitimate argument. It is a fact that South Sacramento area is one of the worse areas and does have high crime, and it is a fact that Elk Grove borders it. Crime stats are still good in Elk Grove though, so its just something you have to think of. The nice thing about Elk Grove is it's only 1hr and 45min with no traffic to San Jose. Even closer to the east bay. Elk Grove is a fine city right now, but there are just too many tangibles at the moment and it's probably the suburb city in Sacramento that may have the biggest changes in years to come, so if you are dropping $500-600K+ for a new home here, or any home for that matter thinking that things will only get better, just look at the past first to get a better idea where the future is headed. Remember for transplants moving from the bay area, when you move here of course this maybe all positives, but dig deeper and you may see how much better it was in the past, and for long time residents, what you think is great, is already meh for them now. In comparison, if you go to Rocklin or Roseville, where homes are much higher in price for similar sq footage, there is no fall off as it doesnt border bad areas, and already the higher price of a home there prices out a lot of people.
      • 4 -5
      Was a Nice Town to live in 10 years ago.....,,

      All there is in Elk Grove is houses and places to shop. Traffic is starting to be horrendous, and the nightlife is so lame for almost being 200,000 people !!! There are a lot of parks here. That is one thing I like about it here. I prefer more stuff to do here since the population has grown 60,000 in ten years. Houses are getting thrown up overnight from block to block. Homes are built poorly here!! I have lived here for 30 years and started to not like it much about 7 years ago. I am going to be moving to a smaller town with even more to do than this boring town.
      • 4 0
      My 5 Years In Elk Grove, CA

      I lived in Elk Grove for five years right after graduating from college. I initially only planned to stay there for a month while visiting a friend. The beautiful climate and regional amenities quickly enticed me to stay longer. After sending out my resume to multiple employers, I was able to find a job in the region easily.

      Living in Elk Grove has multiple advantages and disadvantages. Perhaps the most important advantage is the opportunity for easy access to two metropolitan areas. The city of San Francisco is only about an hour and a half away. Sacramento is a mere fifteen miles. Elk Grove is a lot smaller than either place so you have the advantage of living in a relaxed place with a small town vibe that makes it possible to get to know a lot of locals. Some of my favorite places to meet others in Elk Grove are the beautiful new public library that has been renovated and the Boulevard Bistro on Elk Grove Boulevard. The latter offers an enjoyable Sunday brunch. I am particularly fond of the corned beef and the polenta with mushrooms. The place is busy on weekdays as well.

      One of the few drawbacks of living here is that housing prices are a bit on the high side. Northern California has a pricey housing market in general and Elk Grove is no exception. Even renting a small apartment can take a larger chunk of your budget than you might anticipate. My own apartment was nice but the rent was very high. However, the area has a lovely climate, easy access to many parks and the city of Sacramento a short distance away so I think living here is definitely worth it.
      • 1 0
      Nice Suburb but starting to get crowded

      First of all, it kind of depends on what area of Elk Grove you live. You could drive by million dollar houses with a golf course and in 2 miles be in a somewhat ghetto neighborhood. The Laguna area (zip code 95758) is starting to go downhill as there is a slow but steadfast encroachment of crime and bad people spilling over from the trashy south sacramento neighborhoods.

      Secondly, there is a LOT of traffic. It could potentially take you 20-30min to go 2 miles sometimes during high traffic times. Because the whole city is basically one big fat suburban residential neighborhood, you got a lot of people living here and therefore a lot of cars on the road.

      Thirdly, because it's just a residential suburb, there's not much to do in the ways of activities. If you like parks, mom & pop restaurants, gyms, and shopping centers, then you'll have a good time, but there's not much else to do like there is in a metropolis like downtown Sacramento.

      That all being said, it is overall a great family friendly place to live with a lot of nice and diverse people and open land. Also, it's only about 12-15 miles from downtown Sacramento so at least you're close to where there is a lot of fun stuff to do.

      I have to state though that the police in this neighborhood are pretty crummy. They're basically traffic cops only. If you do a rolling stop, they'll pull you over. But if there's a domestic disturbance going on next door and gunshots, be prepared to wait for ONE cop to show up 2 hours later. If they can't make money off the crime like traffic stops, then they don't like to work too hard.

      Schools are excellent. Closeness to Sacramento is a plus. Weather's pretty good all year round.

      Overall, Elk Grove is a good place for a family.

      But if you're single and ready to mingle or a retiree looking to get out there and do more stuff with your life, I wouldn't recommend it.
      • 2 -1
      Growing Community

      Great suburban living 12 miles outside of Sacramento, CA. Easy freeway access to Sacramento, San Francisco, Napa, and Lake Tahoe. Many parks and bike trails. Good schools and children activities. It's a good area to raise children, retire or for single living without the night life...except for a couple of sports bars. There are some good restaurants that are not a national chain. There's still a lot of affordable housing and open land. If you're a bird watcher you'll see many different varieties in the wildlife preserves along side of the grazing cattle and horses that use the open land areas. There are no big shopping malls with the large anchor stores like Macy's or Nordstrom's, but those are only a 20 minute drive away. However, there are plenty of shopping malls with a variety of national stores to spend money.

      The city is still growing and is always looking to do economic development and add jobs. Every major hospital in the Sacramento area has added large medical facilities in Elk Grove. Hopefully, the large shopping mall with the large departments stores will be coming in the next two years. There is also a plan to attract a semi-pro or pro soccer as soccer is a big in the city.

      The Elk Grove police department still tries to add a personal touch to it services like a small town law enforcement with community outreach and proactive police actions. They have worked hard to keep it a safe city.
      • 0 0
      Elk Grove, CA - A Home Away From Home

      I went to Elk Grove California on a trip to see my sister's new baby two years ago. Elk Grove is very quiet and safe. The most interesting thing about Elk Grove is the truly historic native tribes that live within this small town. I am a person who looks for excitement so this city was not of much interest to me. I could however understand why my sister chose to move there. She wanted a safe neighborhood for her child to grow up in and this is something she would defenitely get in Elk Grove.

      The small hometown feel makes you feel as if you are always welcome. It is nestled in the foothills of Los Angeles county and gets you away from the normal hustle and bustle of city life. The great thing is you are not far away from any of the excitement that Los Angeles offers. I enjoyed my trip, but just sight seeing and shopping didn't give me the excitement that I was hoping for.

      The scenery is quiet breathtaking througout the city of Elk Grove and there are many different fine restraunts to dine at. The best part of the trip is being able to feel at home and welcomed.
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      Source: The Elk Grove, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).