Rancho Cordova is a city in Sacramento County, California, USA, that incorporated in 2003. It is part of the Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The State of California estimates its population at 59,056 as of January 1, 2007.
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. 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. 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.
Rancho Cordova is located at 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.(38.585083, -121.297269).
As of the census 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.
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.
Rancho Cordova is represented by Don Nottoli on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors.
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.
Federally, Rancho Cordova is located in California's 3rd and 5th congressional districts, which have Cook PVIs of R +7 and D +14 respectively 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.
Rancho Cordova is the only remaining contract city with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.