Elk Grove, CA is a city of more than 160,000 diverse people that still retains its youthful, small town feel. A variety of nice housing is available, from big ranch estates to starter homes. Home values have risen 5.1% in the last year, and the median home price is $340,400. Elk Grove has doubled in size since 2001 and has experienced a major growth of new businesses, and with them, new employment opportunities.
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The mild local weather is a big draw and features a four-season climate. Summers are warm and dry but are cooled off at night by Delta breezes. The rainy season is between November and April, with an average precipitation of about 12 inches. Winter temperatures usually range from about 43 to 58 degrees. Residents are surrounded by many natural local attractions including the Laguna Creek Parkway, which is a 13-mile waterway featuring with open space, wetlands, biking and walking trails and bird watching and fishing. The Stone Lakes Refuge is a 3,000 acre National Wildlife Refuge on the Pacific Flyway along the west side of Elk Grove. To the south lies a riparian habitat called the Cosumnes River Preserve.
There are many cultural events held in the city. Some showcase the area's western history, such as the Elk Grove Western Festival, or the diversity of the area with the Multicultural Festival. There is a family-friendly Fourth of July celebration, music and dancing with the Strauss Festival, the Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival, the Dickens Faire in quaint Old Town and a Festival of Lights Parade in historic Elk Grove. The city has progressive and award-winning school district. More than 80 dialects and languages are spoken among the 62,000 students in the fifth largest school district in the state. A large number of college, university and vocational educational opportunities are available in the area. Elk Grove, CA is a short commute to Sacramento and is a flourishing business community that has a bustling historical district, many unique shops and more than 70 local restaurants that offer a smorgasbord of tasty cuisine and nice atmosphere. Elk Grove also has a variety of coffee shops and delis. In addition to natural areas on the edge of the city, green space is available for all residents to enjoy in the form of 90 expansive parks and golf courses. There are swimming pools and many children's activities, and the city offers high quality medical care and a unique historical district. Many senior living options and condominiums are available in addition to the other housing options.