Assuming you are attending or working at UOP, Elk Grove would be a bit of a drive. If you are attending school there are several nice area right around the school itself. I have have several friends that have gone to school there and some still live in stockton.
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A person could spend their entire life in Baghdad, feel unsafe, yet never come to harm,
Yet another person might feel totally safe leaving their child in a
a day care center in a Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. The last place any of us ever thought would be a target before it became one. Your concern for safety is understandable. No one can give you an absolute guarantee on that issue.
On my personal spectrum, I think of Elk Grove as a pretty safe city, even though they have auto accidents, bicycle thefts, convenience store hold-ups and bathtub slips just as any medium sized city of 100,000 people in a Metro area is sure to have.
Sue Archer exaggerates the urban sprawl of the area between Elk Grove and Stockton . It is actually mostly rural between Elk Grove and North Stockton. There are couple of towns in between: Lodi and Galt, these are much smaller than Elk Grove, it is mostly ranch land, orchards, dry grass, and river delta
Elk Grove is not far from the university if you have a car. I am not sure how good public transportation is to the campus.
I hope you'll find this information helpful. Good luck to you.