Rio Linda, California
Location in Sacramento County and the state of California
|• Total||9.904 sq mi (25.650 km2)|
|• Land||9.904 sq mi (25.650 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2) 0%|
|Elevation||56 ft (17 m)|
|• Density||1,500/sq mi (590/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-8 (PST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-7 (PDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1659514|
Rio Linda is a census-designated place (CDP) in Sacramento County, California, United States. It is part of the Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the CDP population was 15,106, up from 10,466 at the 2000 census.
The Rio Linda/Elverta community is located on part of the Rancho Del Paso Mexican land grant of 1844. In 1910, a Fruit Land Company of Minneapolis acquired 12,000 acres (49 km2) of the Grant and in 1912 the area was subdivided. Renamed in 1913 to Rio Linda, it was known as 'Dry Creek Station', a flag stop for the Northern Electric Railroad. Two families settled in Rio Linda by 1912, three more arrived in 1913 and nine more in 1914. By 1918 approximately fifty families in the community, mostly of Scandinavian and German descent. By 1920 poultry farming had proved to be feasible in the area which was advertised throughout several Eastern states during the 1920s. An association was formed in 1942 as the area became well known for its excellent poultry production.
Rio Linda is located at (38.690252, -121.453814).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 9.9 square miles (26 km2), all of it land.
Nature and Wildlife
- Wild chickens are commonly spotted roaming neighborhoods. Gibson Ranch Park is 325 acres of pristine natural countryside. There is a dog park, children's playground, picnic area, walking trails and horse stables. The Sacramento Northern Bike Trail is a 10-mile long paved pathway that connects the Rio Linda area with Downtown Sacramento. The trail was constructed along an abandoned railroad right-of-way.
- Depot Park in Rio Linda has a community center with commercial kitchen, playground, horseshoe pits, basketball court, tennis court, shuffleboard, parking lot, picnic areas and trail access.
- Rio Linda Elverta Recreation and Park District is located at 810 Oak Lane, Rio Linda, CA 95673. It is a rec center that offers aquatics, adult activities, youth activities and other classes to the local community.
- Rio Linda Airport
- There is a seed library in Rio Linda. A seed library is a collection of seeds that are available free of charge to all members of the community. Seed-savers are asked to bring some of theirs to these locations' Seed Libraries. With enough heirloom seed donations from our region, there will ultimately be a seed library containing plants ideally suited for Sacramento weather.
The 2010 United States Census reported that Rio Linda had a population of 15,106. The population density was 1,525.3 people per square mile (588.9/km²). The racial makeup of Rio Linda was 11,654 (77.1%) White, 621 (4.1%) African American, 235 (1.6%) Native American, 665 (4.4%) Asian, 62 (0.4%) Pacific Islander, 1,304 (8.6%) from other races, and 821 (5.4%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3,033 persons (20.1%).
The Census reported that 15,053 people (99.6% of the population) lived in households, 53 (0.4%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.
There were 4,792 households, out of which 1,944 (40.6%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 2,532 (52.8%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 753 (15.7%) had a female householder with no husband present, 345 (7.2%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 343 (7.2%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 42 (0.9%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 843 households (17.6%) were made up of individuals and 302 (6.3%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.14. There were 3,630 families (75.8% of all households); the average family size was 3.50.
The population was spread out with 4,087 people (27.1%) under the age of 18, 1,434 people (9.5%) aged 18 to 24, 3,769 people (25.0%) aged 25 to 44, 4,251 people (28.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 1,565 people (10.4%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.9 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.5 males.
There were 5,129 housing units at an average density of 517.9 per square mile (200.0/km²), of which 3,475 (72.5%) were owner-occupied, and 1,317 (27.5%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.8%; the rental vacancy rate was 4.3%. 10,516 people (69.6% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 4,537 people (30.0%) lived in rental housing units.
As of the census of 2000, there were 10,466 people, 3,461 households, and 2,647 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,911.2 people per square mile (737.4/km²). There were 3,596 housing units at an average density of 656.7 per square mile (253.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 83.04% White, 2.23% African American, 1.46% Native American, 2.69% Asian, 0.48% Pacific Islander, 4.88% from other races, and 5.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.10% of the population.
There were 3,461 households out of which 38.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.5% were non-families. 17.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.01 and the average family size was 3.35.
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 30.8% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.6 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $44,026, and the median income for a family was $45,272. Males had a median income of $38,178 versus $29,504 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $17,656. About 9.9% of families and 14.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.6% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.
Sports and Recreation
Rio Linda hosts the northern terminus of the Sacramento Northern Bike Trail.
- Orchard Elementary
- Dry Creek Elementary School
- West Side Elementary
- Heritage Peak Charter School
- Rio Linda High School
- Rio Linda Preparatory Academy
- Rio Linda library has computers, a children’s area offers toys, puppets, and a small puppet theatre for the children, donated by the active Friends group. Windows look out over a playground and softball field. Entrance to the large parking lot is from 6th Street. The first library in Rio Linda opened on September 26, 1916. The library also features a Seed Library for sharing seeds.
- Sheila Hudson, Triple-Jump record holder
- Bob Oliver, Professional Baseball player
- Darren Oliver, Professional Baseball player
- Chuck Quackenbush, former California Insurance Commissioner lived in Rio Linda while in office
- Justin E. H. Smith, philosopher and author, lived in Rio Linda from 1974 to 1987
- Joshua Anthon, professional disc golfer 
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- "Statewide Database". UC Regents. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
- "California's 3rd Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
- "Rio Linda Explained for Those in Rio Linda". Rush Limbaugh. November 30, 2007. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
I love the people of Rio Linda and I want to make sure they understand what's being discussed on the program, so I always will change or expand certain words' definition so they are not left out. It's an act of true compassion by a broadcast specialist.
- Dwight Lang (February 2, 2010). "The Rio Lindas Rush Limbaugh never knew". AnnArbor.com. Retrieved 2011-11-28.
He routinely mocked Rio Linda for its white-trash, trailer park ways – cars up on blocks, laziness and unemployment all around – or so he thought.
- Caraviello, David (2007-06-23). "Only traces of past linger in Gordon's hometown in Cali". NASCAR.com. Retrieved 2007-12-21.
- Rio Linda Online News and Information for people who live, work and play in Rio Linda and Elverta.
- Rio Linda Online on Facebook The RioLindaOnline.com community on Facebook.
- Rio Linda Elverta Community Water District The Rio Linda Elverta Community Water District.
- Rio Linda Elverta Chamber of Commerce The Rio Linda Elverta Chamber of Commerce.
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