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Overview

Introduction to Citrus Heights, California

Citrus Heights is a California city located in Sacramento County, and situated between downtown Sacramento and Roseville. Centrally located between the region's major freeways, Citrus Heights provides close access to Interstate 5, Interstate 80, U.S. Highway 50 and U.S. Highway 99. The Sacramento International Airport is located approximately 20 miles away. Nearby universities and colleges include: California State University, Sacramento; University of California, Davis; American River College; Sierra College; National University; Golden Gate University; Lincoln Law School; and McGeorge School of Law.

Citrus Heights incorporated in 1997, making it only the fifth city in Sacramento County. The process of incorporation was a long and somewhat contentious one. In 1974, a Community Planning Advisory Council was formed to provide for orderly growth of the area. The proposed solution to achieving orderly and efficient development was to incorporate, rather than annex Citrus Heights into the city of Sacramento. This proposal faced opposition during the 1970s and 1980s by the County Board of Supervisors, resulting in a battle between the city of Sacramento and the Citrus Heights Incorporation Project (CHIP) on whether the choice of incorporation should be put on the ballot. In 1993, the issue was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, whose decision to not hear the case effectively upheld the State Supreme Court ruling that only residents of the proposed city should be allowed to vote on incorporation. On November 5, 1996, the voters of Citrus Heights approved the measure handily, with 62.5% of the votes.

Things to do in and around Citrus Heights

Citrus Heights is home to a robust retail industry. The Sunrise Mall, located in the center of the city, is newly remodeled with major specialty and department stores. The Sunrise Marketplace is a growing venue offering a wide variety of dining, service and retail establishments.

Citrus Heights also offers residents proximity to the legendary recreation centers of Lake Tahoe (approximately 90 miles to the east) and the Napa Valley wine country. In addition, Citrus Heights is situated near the major metropolitan area of Sacramento (a 15-minute drive away) and within a two-hour drive of San Francisco. Some of the attractions in nearby Sacramento include:

  • California State Capitol
  • California State Railroad Museum
  • Sacramento Convention Center
  • Sacramento Zoo
  • Old Sacramento
  • Crocker Art Museum
  • Discovery Museum

Sacramento County is also home to several professional sports teams:

  • Basketball: Sacramento Kings (NBA) and Sacramento Monarchs (WNBA)
  • Pacific Coast League Baseball: Sacramento River Cats (Minor League AAA affiliate of the Oakland Athletics)
  • Soccer (World Indoor Soccer League): Sacramento Knights

People

Total Population 85,408
Male Share of the Population 47.8%
Female Share of the Population 52.2%
Senior Citizens 14.9%
Employed Population 16+ 38,014
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 44.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.8%
Median Earnings25+ $32,813
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,000
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,080

Wealth

Median Family Income $58,727
% Above Poverty Level 84.6%
% Below Poverty Level 15.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 1.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 28.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,023
Median House Value $199,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 37.4%
US/American 0.2%
English 9.2%
Irish 12%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Citrus Heights Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 14 miles NE of Sacramento, California
County Sacramento
Standard Zip Codes 95610, 95621, 95662
P.O. Box Zip Codes 95611
Phone Area Codes 916
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.707
Longitude -121.28

Citrus Heights Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station FOLSOM DAM
Distance 6.1 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 55 F
Apr Temp 47 to 72 F
Jul Temp 61 to 95 F
Oct Temp 53 to 79 F
Annual Precip 24.6 inches
Station AUBURN
Distance 17 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 54 F
Apr Temp 45 to 68 F
Jul Temp 63 to 91 F
Oct Temp 52 to 76 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches
Station SACRAMENTO AP
Distance 18.6 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 54 F
Apr Temp 46 to 71 F
Jul Temp 58 to 92 F
Oct Temp 51 to 78 F
Annual Precip 17.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Citrus Heights, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Ovale (95662)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Folsom 74,156 $119,032
Lincoln 45,038 $80,705
Loomis 6,648 $95,875
Rancho Cordova 68,326 $59,756
Rocklin 59,727 $93,286
Roseville 126,327 $93,377

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Citrus Heights High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

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6939 SUNRISE BLVD. SUITE 207
916-971-7037
A Charter School.
Serves 3,291 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.9

MESA VERDE HIGH
7600 LAUPPE LANE
916-971-5251
Serves 1,325 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.1

SAN JUAN HIGH
7551 GREENBACK LANE
916-971-5112
A Title I School.
Serves 1,122 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.2

PALOS VERDE CONTINUATION
7501 CARRIAGE DR.
916-971-5291
A Non-traditional School
Serves 12 students.

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