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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°41′25″N 121°27′14″W (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.
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.
In the California State Legislature, Rio Linda is in the 4th Senate District, represented by Republican Jim Nielsen, and in the 7th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Kevin McCarty.
In the United States House of Representatives, Rio Linda is in California's 3rd congressional district, represented by Democrat John Garamendi.
Conservative radio host and former Sacramento resident Rush Limbaugh, both on The Rush Limbaugh Show and in print, frequently mentions Rio Linda.
Rio Linda is home to the Roy Hayer Memorial Race Track. This track is noted as the first track that four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon ever competed on.
Rio Linda hosts the northern terminus of the Sacramento Northern Bike Trail.
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