Best Elk Grove Suburbs To Live For 2020


We analyzed over 17 places around Elk Grove to identify the most kickass place to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best Elk Grove suburbs.

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Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Elk Grove are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

What's the best suburb of Elk Grove? Folsom ranks as the best suburb of Elk Grove for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Folsom, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Elk Grove 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about California:

The 10 Best Elk Grove Suburbs To Live For 2020

Folsom, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 77,007
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $109,762
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
More on Folsom: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Folsom is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Elk Grove area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Folsom."

Everyone here is rich; families average $109,762 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Elk Grove region. And only 3.63% are out of work. Homes average more than $488,400 each.

Rocklin, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 63,127
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $97,508
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
More on Rocklin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rocklin is the second best 'burb we looked at near Elk Grove for 2020.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 4.72% of residents lack insurance, good for 8th best.

Roseville, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 133,049
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $84,105
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Poverty Rate: 9.0%
More on Roseville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Roseville, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Elk Grove metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Roseville.

Davis, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 67,988
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $66,162
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Poverty Rate: 29.6%
More on Davis: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Davis ranks as the 4th best suburb of Elk Grove for 2020.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Davis and the schools are some of the best around.

Lincoln, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 46,939
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $81,417
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 7.4%
More on Lincoln: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Lincoln.

Lincoln gets kudos for having the 5th most expensive homes in the Elk Grove area, where houses sell for an average of $416,800. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Loomis, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,753
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $70,671
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Poverty Rate: 6.3%
More on Loomis: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Loomis is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 5.88% which is 8th best in the area.

According to online reports, Loomis is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Elk Grove area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Rio Vista, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,618
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $70,000
Unemployment Rate: 8.8%
Poverty Rate: 11.9%
More on Rio Vista: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Rio Vista.

Rio Vista schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 24.1 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Ione, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,439
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Income: $70,884
Unemployment Rate: 8.2%
Poverty Rate: 6.1%
More on Ione: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ione is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 0.83% of people lack insurance, good for 1st in the area.

Citrus Heights, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 87,061
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $59,008
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
Poverty Rate: 12.0%
More on Citrus Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Citrus Heights?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

10. Camanche

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 4,342
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Income: $47,996
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 9.2%
More on Camanche: Real Estate

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Camanche.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Elk Grove for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs around Elk Grove was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2014-2018 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Elk Grove.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 4,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 17 suburbs to evaluate around Elk Grove.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 17 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Elk Grove." We're lookin' at you, Folsom. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best Elk Grove 'Burbs of 2020

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Elk Grove, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Elk Grove Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Folsom, CA 77,007 $109,762
2 Rocklin, CA 63,127 $97,508
3 Roseville, CA 133,049 $84,105
4 Davis, CA 67,988 $66,162
5 Lincoln, CA 46,939 $81,417
6 Loomis, CA 6,753 $70,671
7 Rio Vista, CA 8,618 $70,000
8 Ione, CA 7,439 $70,884
9 Citrus Heights, CA 87,061 $59,008
10 Camanche, CA 4,342 $47,996
11 Galt, CA 25,675 $73,555
12 Woodland, CA 59,044 $64,122
13 Dixon, CA 19,759 $77,203
14 Sacramento, CA 495,011 $58,456
15 West Sacramento, CA 52,826 $64,664
16 Lodi, CA 65,006 $54,338
17 Rancho Cordova, CA 72,056 $63,221

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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