Elk Grove is 30 miles north of University of the Pacific, Stockton. It is 11 miles south of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. So of course it is close to neither. However, there are some excellent neighborhoods in Elk Grove, some good schools, lots of shopping, parks and a all around great quality of life. Every large city has unsafe neighborhoods, and safety is a matter of degree, and a matter of perception. You may think of your level of calmness or fear about a particular place as a point on a continuum or a spectrum.
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