Elk Grove is a suburb of Sacramento with a small town feel. It’s part of the Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville Metropolitan Statistical Area. Living in Elk Grove, you’re about 25 minutes away from Sacramento and about an hour and a half from both San Francisco and Napa Valley.

It’s a family oriented place, with about 80 percent of the residents being married and 76 percent being homeowners. It’s a perfect place for kids, with tons of parks and outdoor areas, including Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, where you can go paddle boarding. The median sales price of homes is $421,250 and median rent is $1,995 per month, and the median household income is $79,000; about 44 percent of residents are college educated.

Old Town Elk Grove is referred to as “the heart” of the community. The neighborhood is dotted with buildings that date back to the 1800s and features an Old Town Plaza, an open-air plaza that hosts community fairs, exhibitions, festivals and festivals. And speaking of events, Elk Grove is really into a community vibe; there are tons of annual events and festivals to bring residents together. Food Truck Mania happens the first Wednesday of every month and Elk Grove Brew Fest features a cigar lounge, music and entertainment and, of course, local beer. In the fall check out the Giant Pumpkin Festival and get into the yuletide spirit at the Dickens Street Faire, an old-fashioned festival with holiday music and a Festival of Lights Parade.

If you’re into eating and drinking — which, who isn’t — check out McConnell Estates Winery, Dreaming Dog Brewery and unique restaurants like Todo Un Poco, which combines Mexican and Italian cuisines. The Old Sugar Mill in nearby Clarksburg is a beet sugar refinery that dates back to the 1930s and now features 15 wineries and picnic grounds.

Western Elk Grove is where all the action is, but if you drive over to eastern Elk Grove, you’ll find the rural area of town. Here, you’ll see open space, cows and horses and fields of fruits and vegetables. Rural Elk Grove is a glimpse into the city’s agricultural past. One of the city’s main attractions is the Elk Grove Rain Garden Plaza, designed to conserve water resources, improve water quality and attract wildlife. It’s an open space with a rain garden, multiple water conservation systems and native drought-resistant plants.