Woodland is the county seat of Yolo County, located in California's Central Valley. Woodland is located 20 miles northwest of Sacramento at the intersection of Interstate 5 and State Route 113. To the south is the City of Davis, with its University of California campus. The Sacramento International Airport is eight miles to the east. Waterways include the Yolo Bypass and Sacramento River to the east, Willow Slough to the southeast, and Cache Creek to the north.
Woodland has a strong historic heritage, which is reflected in an impressive stock of historic buildings in its downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods. Woodland's agricultural setting is largely responsible for the community's distinct identity and plays and important economic role in Woodland. Due to its proximity to major transportation nodes, Woodland has also become increasingly important as a manufacturing and distribution center.
The City of Woodland looks to build on its proud heritage as an historical and agricultural community and is focused on making Woodland a premier place to live, work, and conduct business. The City’s mission recognizes the value of focusing on aspects such as partnering with residents, businesses and property owners to become a destination community with a vibrant downtown and a variety of entertainment venues in addition to implementing policies to ensure that Woodland is a well-planned city
striking a balance between thriving businesses, attractive neighborhoods, and high quality educational opportunities.
Woodland contains nearly 56,000 residents. Over the past five years, the City added over 4,000
residents, posting a population growth rate stronger than the statewide average, but somewhat more limited than Yolo County and the Sacramento Region. During the next five years, Woodland’s population growth is projected to remain at a pace slower than the Sacramento Region, but exceed both the statewide average and Yolo County. Projections for the City show close to 61,000 residents in 2013. Woodland’s per capita income is just over $22,000. Although this income level is lower than the regional, statewide, and national averages, it is comparable to many of the smaller jurisdictions in the Sacramento Region. By 2013, per capita income in the City is projected to reach close to $26,000.
Woodland also benefits from a strong network of educational institutions. Woodland Joint Unified School District provides kindergarten through high school public education in the City (with 12 elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high
schools)—the District’s nearly 11,000 students benefit from many highly-regarded programs as well as the focus on academic
standards and career preparation. Woodland Community College, a recently accredited campus within the Yuba Community
College District, provides a number of academic, transfer, and enrichment programs to over 3,000 students throughout Yolo
County and beyond. The University of California, Davis, one of the world’s top-ranked research universities, is also in close
proximity to Woodland and enrolls more than 30,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. The larger
Sacramento Region is also home to California State University, Sacramento, the four Los Rios Community College District
campuses, Sierra College, other campuses in the Yuba Community College District, and several private educational
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