Economic Impact

of the Los Rios Community College District

Educating the workforce, improving lives and powering the regional economy.

The Los Rios Community College District, comprised of American River College, Cosumnes River College, Folsom Lake College, and Sacramento City College, creates a significant positive impact on the community by providing a skilled workforce and increasing the economic base of the region.


Los Rios serves a range of industries in the region, supports local businesses, and benefits society as a whole in California from an expanded economy and improved quality of life.

Return on investment to students, taxpayers, and society

Spent by students =
Gained in lifetime earnings
Spent by taxpayers =
Gained in added taxes and
public sector savings
Spent by society =
$10.70 Gained in added state
taxes and public sector savings

Top industries impacted by Los Rios


$508.8 million
supports 3,431 jobs

Hospitality (Accommodation, Tourism & Food Service)

$149.9 million supports
2,866 jobs

Healthcare & Social Assistance

$133.9 million supports 1,662 jobs


The education and training Los Rios provides for regional residents results in the greatest impact.

Student rate of return

Investment in education vs. other portfolio tools

Average annual return
on investment for
Los Rios students
Average stock market
annual return
0.8% Total interest earned
on savings accounts

Alumni Impact

$1.5 billion

added income to the region

Average earning by education level at career midpoint in California

Los Rios enriches the lives of students by raising their lifetime earnings and helping them achieve their individual potential.

$0 billion

in added income that supports

0 jobs

This is equal to 1.7% of the gross regional product of the Los Rios service area

This contribution is nearly as large as the entire utilities industry in the region


Los Rios Service Area

The basic mission of Los Rios is to foster human capital. Every year, a new cohort of former Los Rios students adds to the stock of human capital in the college's service area, and a proportion of alumni continues to add to the Los Rios serice area economy.

Los Rios By the Numbers

The Result?

Los Rios creates value from multiple perspectives:

Local Business Benefits

Increases consumer spending
Supplies trained workers


Increases tax receipts
Reduces demand for government
-supported social services

Student Benefits

Raises lifetime earnings
Helps achieve individual potential

Society Benefits

Creates a more prosperous economy
Helps saving through improving
student lifestyles