About This Place
Rancho Cordova is a city in Sacramento County, California, USA, that incorporated in 2003. It is part of the Sacramento Metropolitan Area. The population was 64,776 at the 2010 census. Rancho Cordova is the Sacramento area's largest employment sub-center, with a daily influx of over 45,000 commuting employees, many of those commuters use Sacramento Regional Transit's Gold Line (Sacramento RT). In 2010 Rancho Cordova made finalist on the All-America City Award list.
Originally called Mayhew's Crossing and Hangtown Crossing (circa 1855) during the Gold Rush era, the area was renamed Mayhew Station and Mills Station (circa 1900), respectively. The city itself was 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 38°35′6″N 121°17′50″W / 38.585°N 121.29722°W / 38.585; -121.29722 (38.585083, -121.297269). According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 33.9 square miles (87.7 km²), of which, 33.5 square miles (86.8 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (1.08%) is water.