Elk Grove is a relatively large city located in the state of California. With a population of 172,886 people and 28 constituent neighborhoods, Elk Grove is the 31st largest community in California.
Housing costs in Elk Grove are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.
Elk Grove is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.29% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Elk Grove is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Elk Grove who work in office and administrative support (14.04%), management occupations (11.13%), and sales jobs (9.33%).
Also of interest is that Elk Grove has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Because of many things, Elk Grove is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Elk Grove really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Elk Grove perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
One downside of living in Elk Grove, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.37 minutes every day commuting to work.
The citizens of Elk Grove are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 36.64% of adults in Elk Grove have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Elk Grove in 2010 was $33,189, which is upper middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $132,756 for a family of four. However, Elk Grove contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Elk Grove is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Elk Grove home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Elk Grove residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Elk Grove also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 18.63% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Elk Grove include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Portuguese.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Elk Grove's cultural character, accounting for 23.25% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Elk Grove is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.