North Highlands is a census-designated place (CDP) in Sacramento County, California, United States. It is part of the Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 44,187 at the 2000 census.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 12.8 square miles (33.2 km²), all of it land.
North Highands' high school district was the Grant Joint Union High School District. And its elementary school district was the Rio Linda Union School District.which now, among other school districts are now the Twin Rivers Unified School District. On July 1, 2008, the Twin Rivers Unified School District replaced both districts when they merged. North Highlands is mostly a working-lower middle class residential housing area with some commercial and industrial regions around the former McClellan Air Force Base, now a civilian business center and airport called McClellan Business Park.
As of the census of 2000, there were 44,187 people, 15,389 households, and 10,741 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,452.0 people per square mile (1,332.9/km²). There were 16,149 housing units at an average density of 1,261.6/sq mi (487.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 67.91% White, 11.13% African American, 1.39% Native American, 5.69% Asian, 0.54% Pacific Islander, 6.13% from other races, and 7.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.15% of the population.
There were 15,389 households out of which 37.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.4% were married couples living together, 20.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.31.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 30.9% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 17.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $32,278, and the median income for a family was $32,855. Males had a median income of $28,159 versus $24,996 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,109. About 18.6% of families and 22.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.8% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.
In the state legislature North Highlands is located in the 1st and 6th Senate Districts, represented by Republican Dave Cox and Democrat Darrell Steinberg respectively, and in the 4th and 5th Assembly Districts, represented by Republicans Ted Gaines and Roger Niello respectively. Federally, North Highlands is located in California's 3rd and 5th congressional districts, which have Cook PVIs of R +7 and D +14 respectively and are represented by Republican Dan Lungren and Democrat Doris Matsui respectively.