Compassion Elk Grove Charter

In January 2020, the City adopted a Charter for Compassion, an idea championed by local residents. A compassionate city is one that understands the interconnectedness of individuals and of the environment and actively looks to ensure the health, well-being, and inclusion of all. Practicing compassion has been demonstrated to have both individual and community benefits, including creating greater social solidarity, improving resilience, individual happiness and longevity, and reducing individual stress. Through adopting a Charter for Compassion, the City committed to the following principles:

  • Seek for all to thrive through active caring and concern for all people, especially those in need or distress;
  • Expand collaboration and opportunity for all to flourish in health and dignity;
  • Observe how well the community’s basic needs are met and work together to find solutions to unmet needs so that all may live up to their potential and flourish;
  • Foster community building with an expanded sense of belonging to and with each other;
  • Encourage education in compassion principles and engagement of young people to build a foundation of sustainability and civic-mindedness;
  • Reach beyond what is comfortable to extend compassion with courage, purpose, and practice;
  • Use a lens of compassion in interactions, decisions, programs and budgets;
  • Focus attention on the well-being of people and the environment; and
  • Care about all people and the world.

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Elk Grove Basic Information


Population 174,775
(U.S. Census Bureau, 2019)

Demographics (U.S. Census Bureau, 2019)

Age and Sex Percentage
Persons under 5 years 6.1%
Persons under 18 years 25.9%
Persons 65 years and over 12.6%
Female Persons 51.9%

Race and Hispanic Origin (2019)

People Estimates Percentage
White alone 45.2%
Black or African American alone 11.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.6%
Asian alone 28.8%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone 1.8%
Two or More Races 8.2%
Hispanic or Latino 18.5%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 34.1%

Languages

Language other than English spoken at home, % of persons age 5+, 2015-2019 34.6%
Spanish 12.5%
Other Indo-European languages 4.4%
Asian and Pacific-Island Languages 3.8%
Other languages 1.2%

Community Characteristics General (National Community Survey, 2019)

Percent Rating Positively (excellent/good) 2019 Rating Compared to 2017
Overall quality of life 80% Similar (higher)
Overall Image 72% Similar (higher)
Place to live 84% Similar (higher)
Neighborhood 87% Similar (higher)
Place to Raise Children 84% Similar (higher)
Place to Retire 61% Higher
Overall Appearance 79% Similar (higher)

**(higher/lower) indicates less than a 5% change.

Basic Needs and Health Assessments

Community Characteristics by Facet (National Community Survey, 2019)

Recreation and Wellness Percent Rating Positively (e.g., excellent/good) 2019 Rating Compared to 2017
Health and Wellness 73% Similar (higher)
Mental health Care 52% Similar (higher)
Preventative Health Services 69% Similar (lower)
Health Care 69% Similar (higher)
Food 66% Similar (higher)
Recreational opportunities 63% Similar (higher)
Fitness opportunities 68% Similar (lower)

Health Outcomes-Specific Diseases or Ailments (U.S. Census Bureau, 2019)

Percentage
With a disability, under the age of 65 years (2015-2019) 6.4%
Persons without health insurance underage of 65 2.8%
Breast Cancer Deaths (2017)
Elk Grove had 22.3 breast cancer deaths per 100,000 females, compared to an average of 43.2 in the city of Sacramento (City Health Dashboard).
Cardiovascular Disease Deaths (2017)
Elk Grove had 184.1 cardiovascular disease deaths per 100,000 population, compared to an average of 362.6 in the city of Sacramento (City Health Dashboard).
Colorectal Cancer Deaths (2017)
Elk Grove had 15.7 colorectal cancer deaths per 100,000 population, compared to an average 24 in the city of Sacramento (City Health Dashboard).
Diabetes (2018)
8.6% of Elk Grove’s adults reported having diabetes, compared to an average of 10.3% in the city of Sacramento3 (City Health Dashboard).
Frequent Mental Distress (2018)
11.9% of Elk Grove’s adults reported frequent mental distress, compared to an average of 14.1% in the city of Sacramento (City Health Dashboard).
Frequent Physical Distress (2018)
10.7% of Elk Grove’s adults reported frequent physical distress, compared to an average of 13.1% in the city of Sacramento (City Health Dashboard).
High Blood Pressure (2017)
27.2% of Elk Grove’s adults reported having high blood pressure, compared to an average of 29.8% in the city of Sacramento (City Health Dashboard).
Low Birthweight (2017)
7.2% of Elk grove’s live births were low birthweight, compared to an average of 7.4% in the city of Sacramento (City Health Dashboard).
Obesity (2018)
25.4% of Elk Grove adults being obese, compared to an average of 28.7% in the city of Sacramento (City Health Dashboard).
Premature Deaths (All Causes) (2017)
Elk Grove had 4600 years of potential life lost per 100,000 population, compared to an average of 12,600 in the city of Sacramento (City Health Dashboard).

Recreation and Wellness Rating (National Community Survey, 2019)

Overall economic health Percentage rating positively (e/g/ excellent/good, very/somewhat safe) 2019 rating compared to 2017
Health and Wellness 73% Similar (higher)
Mental Health Care 52% Higher
Preventative Health Services 69% Similar (lower)
Health Care 69% Similar (higher)
Food 66% Similar (higher)
Recreational Opportunities 63% Similar (higher)
Fitness Opportunities 68% Similar (lower)

Agency

Education (U.S. Census Bureau, 2019)

Percentage
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years +, 2015-2019 90.5%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years +, 2015-2019 36.9%

(National Community Survey, 2019)

Education and Enrichment Percent Rating Positively (e.g., excellent/good) 2019 Rating compared to 2017
Education and enrichment 73% Similar (higher)
Religious or Spiritual events 71% Similar (higher)
Cultural/arts/music activities 54% Similar (higher)
Adult Education 62% Similar (higher)
Childcare/Preschool 49% Similar (lower)
Public Libraries 82% Similar (higher)
K-12 Education 80% Similar (same)

Mobility and Transportation (National Community Survey, 2019)

Percent rating positively (e.g., excellent/good, very/somewhat safe) 2019 Rating compared to 2017
Overall Ease of Travel 63% Higher
Paths and walking trails 70% Similar (higher)
Ease of walking 66% Similar (lower)
Travel by bicycle 54% Higher
Travel by car 59% Similar (lower)
Public parking 65% Similar (higher)
Traffic flow 32% Similar (lower)

Community Connections

Community Engagement (National Community Survey, 2019)

Community Engagement Percent rating positively (e.g., excellent/good, very/somewhat safe) 2019 Rating compared to 2017
Social Events and Activities 51% Similar (lower)
Neighborliness 58% Similar (lower)
Openness and acceptance 65% Similar (lower)
Opportunities to participate in community matters 55% Similar (lower)
Opportunities to Volunteer 59% Similar (lower)

Participation General (National Community Survey, 2019)

Percent Rating Positively (e.g., always/sometimes, more than once a month, yes) 2019 Rating compared to 2017
Sense of Community 58% Similar (higher)
Recommend Elk Grove 88% Similar (higher)
Remain in Elk Grove 86% Similar (higher)
Contacted Elk Grove 37% Lower

Social and Economic Factors

Housing

Elk Grove Sacramento
Median gross ren, 2015-2019 $1,695 $1,263
Households, 2015-2019 53,182 185,331
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2015-2019 74.9% 48.5%

Environmental Outcomes

Transportation

Natural Environment Percent rating positively (e.g., excellent/good) 2019 Rating compared to 2017
Overall Natural Environment 72% Similar (higher)
Cleanliness 74% Similar (higher)
Air Quality 71% Higher
Natural Areas Preservation 53% Similar
Open Space 51% Lower
Public parking 65% Similar (higher)

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