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Elk Grove, CA, City and Higher Education Facts

Elk Grove, California, is a suburb of the state capital of Sacramento. It is located near a number of colleges offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Find out more about this fast-growing city's population, economy and school options below.

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Information about Elk Grove

Located only two miles from Sacramento, Elk Grove is a rapidly growing suburb, outpacing growth percentages for both California and the U.S, between 2010-2014. Elk Grove had an estimated population of 163,553 in 2014, based on U.S. census data. The population is relatively diverse, with 38.1% Caucasian, 11.2% African American, 26.3% Asian and 18% Hispanic residents, as of 2010 census data.

Visitors to the area may be surprised at the amenities and attractions available. There are many museums hosting exhibitions ranging from art and railroads to military history and technology. For those interested in local heritage, several state historic parks are maintained in the region. The greater Sacramento area is home to such attractions as the Sacramento Zoo, the Old Sacramento historic district and the annual Sacramento Shakespeare Festival. The local climate is variable but pleasant, with summer temperatures reaching the low nineties and in winter falling to only a few degrees above freezing. Year-round, the town enjoys plentiful sunshine.

Higher Education

Elk Grove has one college in its city limits, a branch of the proprietary InterCoast Colleges. A small school, it offers certificate programs to about 80 students. About 16 other schools are located within 15 miles of Elk Grove in the nearby cities of Sacramento, Rancho Cordova and Gold River. Cosumnes River College, a two-year community and technical institution, is the closest public institution to Elk Grove. It has a student population of just over 14,400 students.

Sacramento City College and California State University at Sacramento are other notable schools in this area. CSU-Sacramento offers master's and doctoral degrees in addition to bachelor's degrees in such areas as biological sciences, business, education, engineering, health professions, liberal arts, performing arts and social sciences. The University of California at Davis, a well-regarded public research and graduate university, is located in the city of Davis, which is a little farther away - about 25 miles from Elk Grove.

Economy and Employment

The median household income for Elk Grove residents from 2010-2014 was $79,051, and about 35% of residents 25 years or older had at least a bachelor's degree. Per 2012 census data, the highest sector of employment in Elk Grove was retail trade with about 5,900 jobs. Accommodation and food services employed about 3,900 people, while health care and social assistance employed about 3,000 people.

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