Introduction to Folsom, California

The California city of Folsom is located in Sacramento County, about 22 miles northeast of the state capital of Sacramento. A large network of area freeways encompasses the city, and these include Interstate I-80 and U.S. Route 50. Surrounding communities include Loomis (to the north), Carmichael (to the west), Rancho Cordova (to the southwest) and El Dorado Hills (to the east).

Folsom History

Folsom traces its origins to the mid-nineteenth century, when gold was discovered in the area and massive mining operations were set up. At the conclusion of the Mexican-American War, U.S. Army Captain Joseph Folsom purchased 35,000 acres of land and planned a town site near one of the mining spots. Envisioning the site as a future railroad stop, Folsom named the new town "Granite City." His vision was realized posthumously in 1856 when the first train on the West's first railroad arrived in the town from Sacramento. Subsequently, Folsom's successors renamed the town in his memory and several decades later, construction began on Folsom Prison. The facility, designed to relieve over-crowding at San Quentin, opened in 1880. Folsom made history in 1895 when the first long-distance transmission of electricity (22 miles) was made from Folsom to Sacramento. Incorporated in 1946, Folsom is best known today as a popular middle-class suburb which is home to the largest employer in the Sacramento area, Intel.

Folsom Attractions

The city of Folsom is rich in historic sites and attractions. The Folsom State Prison, popularized in a Johnny Cash song, became the state's second prison upon its completion in 1880. Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park is an historical site whose hydroelectric powerhouse first delivered power to Sacramento in 1895 and remained in operation until 1952. The Folsom Zoo Sanctuary is not a "mainstream" zoo, but instead more of an animal sanctuary which happens to be open to the public. Many of its animals were raised and rejected as wild pets. Others were injured or orphaned in the wild. All have names and personalities, and their individual stories and information about their species are posted at the exhibits. The Folsom History Museum is housed in a reconstruction of the Wells Fargo & Company Assay Office built in 1860 by Wells Fargo agents in Folsom. The Folsom Dam, constructed non-stop from 1948 until 1956, is one of the most interesting and overlooked attractions in Folsom. One of the city's biggest traditions is the annual Folsom Rodeo. A Fourth of July staple for many years, the event kicks off with a community picnic and concert at the city park, followed later by a cattle drive down Folsom's historic Sutter Street, where cowboys and Folsom dignitaries round up the cattle at high noon and parade them down the streets for public viewing. Events at the rodeo itself include bull riding, bronco riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling and more. The rodeo culminates with a large fireworks display visible throughout the city.


Total Population 74,156
Male Share of the Population 54%
Female Share of the Population 46%
Senior Citizens 11.4%
Employed Population 16+ 33,036
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 54.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 47.8%
Median Earnings25+ $66,631
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,810
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,904


Median Family Income $119,032
% Above Poverty Level 95.3%
% Below Poverty Level 4.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 6.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 2.1%


People Living Alone 24.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,452
Median House Value $409,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 39.9%
US/American 0.4%
English 10.1%
Irish 11.9%

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

Folsom Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 18 miles E of Sacramento, California
County Sacramento
Standard Zip Codes 95630, 95762
P.O. Box Zip Codes 95763
Company Zip Codes 95671
Phone Area Codes 530
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.678
Longitude -121.175

Folsom Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.6 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 16.1 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
Distance 21.5 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, Folsom, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Lake Natoma (95630)

Mormon Island (95630)

Pine Bluff (95630)

White Rock (95630)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Auburn 13,785 $73,826
Citrus Heights 85,408 $58,727
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/.

Folsom Public Libraries

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Folsom Hospitals

(916) 983-7400
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 26.5

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Student/teacher ratio: 21.8

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