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City of Rancho Cordova
—  City  —

Coordinates: 38°35′21″N 121°18′10″W / 38.58917°N 121.30278°W / 38.58917; -121.30278
Country United States
State California
County Sacramento
Incorporated July 4, 2003
 - Mayor Dan Skoglund
 - Vice Mayor Ken Cooley
 - City Manager Ted A. Gaebler
 - Total 22.8 sq mi (59.1 km2)
 - Land 22.5 sq mi (58.3 km2)
 - Water 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)  1.3%
Elevation [1] 89 ft (27 m)
Population (2007)[2]
 - Total 59,056
 - Density 2,624.7/sq mi (1,023.0/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 95670, 95741, 95742
Area code(s) 916
FIPS code 06-59444
GNIS feature ID 1659466

Rancho Cordova is a city in Sacramento County, California, USA, that incorporated in 2003. It is part of the SacramentoArden-ArcadeRoseville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The State of California estimates its population at 59,056 as of January 1, 2007. [1]



The city is named after the Cordova Vineyard, which was located in the center of the Rancho Rio de los Americanos land grant. Original names of the town included Cordova Vineyards and Cordova Village, before it was officially named Rancho Cordova when a post office was established in the community in 1955.[3] In the Gold Rush era of mid 19th century California, certain Placer mining activities took place in the Rancho Cordova environs, some traces of which disturbance are extant. The elevation of the generally level terrain is approximately 118 feet (36 m) above mean sea level.[4] Lone Star Gravel Company and other companies have historically extracted younger gravels at depths of 30 to 40 feet (12 m) without encountering groundwater, which is characteristically found at about 100 feet (30 m). Partially confined groundwater generally flows to the southwest.[5]

Geography and geology

Rancho Cordova is located at 38°35′6″N 121°17′50″W / 38.585°N 121.29722°W / 38.585; -121.29722 (38.585083, -121.297269).[6] According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 22.8 square miles (59.1 km²), of which, 22.5 square miles (58.3 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²) of it (1.27%) is water.


As of the census[7] of 2007, there were 59,060 people, 20,407 households, and 13,550 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,445.4 people per square mile (944.0/km²). There were 21,584 housing units at an average density of 958.6/sq mi (370.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 66.66% White, 11.34% African American, 0.95% Native American, 8.24% Asian, 0.54% Pacific Islander, 5.72% from other races, and 6.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.90% of the population.

There were 20,407 households out of which 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.1% were married couples living together, 16.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 25.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 95.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $40,095, and the median income for a family was $60,211. Males had a median income of $54,706 versus $45,383 for females.



City government

The City of Rancho Cordova has a Council-manager form of government with five members elected to the Council, one of whom serves as mayor each year. The Mayor's post is thus simply that of "chief among equals for a time". In 2007, serving as Rancho Cordova's fifth Mayor, was Councilmember David Sander. The Vice Mayor of Rancho Cordova in 2007 was Linda Budge. The three other councilmembers are Robert J. McGarvey, Ken Cooley, and Dan Skoglund. In 2008, Linda Budge became the 6th mayor of Rancho Cordova. In 2009 Dan Skoglund became Mayor and Ken Cooley became Vice-Mayor.

County government

Rancho Cordova is represented by Don Nottoli on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors.

State representation

In the state legislature Rancho Cordova is located in the 1st and 6th Senate Districts, represented by Republican Dave Cox and Democrat Darrell Steinberg respectively, and in the 10th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Alyson Huber.

Federal representation

Federally, Rancho Cordova is located in California's 3rd and 5th congressional districts, which have Cook PVIs of R +7 and D +14 respectively [8] and is represented by Republican Dan Lungren and Democrat Doris Matsui respectively.


The city is served by the Folsom-Cordova Unified School District as well as the Elk Grove Unified School District, with three high schools: Cordova High School, Folsom High School, and Vista del Lago High School.


The city is supplied by four water agencies and one sewage treatment agency.[9]

Electricity is provided by SMUD and natural gas is provided by Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Public safety

Rancho Cordova is the only remaining contract city with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

Points of interest

Notable residents

This is a list of notable people from Rancho Cordova.

Adjacent areas


  1. ^ "USGS—Rancho Cordova, California". Retrieved 2007-05-24.  
  2. ^ "E-4 Population Estimates for Cities, Counties and the State, 2001-2007, with 2000 Benchmark. Sacramento, California, May 2007". State of California, Department of Finance. Retrieved 2007-05-07.  
  3. ^ "The Rancho Cordova Index". Prosper Magazine: p. 82. August 2007.  
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey, Carmichael Quadrangle, 7.5" Quadrangle, 1967, photorevised 1980
  5. ^ Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, APN 072-0580-018, Rancho Cordova, California, Earth Metrics Report No. 10235, October 31, 1989
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  8. ^ "Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?". Campaign Legal Center Blog. Retrieved 2008-02-10.  
  9. ^ Rancho Cordova, California Official Website
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  11. ^ "Anchor Lester Holt: MSNBC's face in wartime". Sacramento Bee. April 7, 2003. Retrieved 2009-08-14.  
  12. ^ Eymer, Rick (04/12/2004). "Homecoming for Jenkins". Retrieved 2009-08-14.  
  13. ^ "Jerry Manuel leads effort for University Baseball at William Jessup". Rocklin & Roseville Today. February 14, 2007. Retrieved 2009-08-14.  
  14. ^ "Bergman Traded A's, Giant's Face Roster Moves". Sacramento Bee. March 25, 1984. Retrieved 2009-08-14.  
  15. ^ "OK Wallace readies for first NFL start". Associated Press. October 27, 2006. Retrieved 2009-08-14.  
  16. ^ Matthew, Barrows (Sep. 13, 2008). "49ers notes: Will Holmgren return for good?". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 2009-08-14.  
  17. ^ Dave, Woolford (Dec 15, 1981). "San Jose's Willhite Grows Into Star". Toledo Blade.,3700008&dq=gerald-willhite+rancho-cordova. Retrieved 2009-08-14.  
  18. ^ "Protesting stories they thought were in Bee but weren't". Sacramento Bee. May 19, 2002. Retrieved 2009-08-14.  

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