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Overview

Introduction to Placerville, California

Placerville, California, in El Dorado county, is 20 miles E of Folsom, California and 39 miles E of Sacramento, California

Placerville History

Placerville was originally known as Old Dry Diggings. In 1849, shortly after gold was discovered in nearby Coloma, the city was renamed Hangtown. The first post office of the city was established in 1850. It was officially incorporated as the City of Placerville in 1854. The name of the city refers to the deposits that contain gold particles. In fact, the mining technique that was used to wash out gold was known as "placer mining." It became the county seat of El Dorado County in 1857.

Placerville and Nearby Attractions

  • County Fair Shopping Center.
  • El Dorado Historical Museum.
  • Fountain and Tallman Soda Factory Museum.
  • Folsom Lake State Recreation Area.
  • Gold Country Museum.
  • Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.

Things To Do In Placerville

The El Dorado Historical Museum and the Fountain and Tallman Soda Factory Museum provide insights into the area's history. The Placerville City Park, the Hangtown Gold Bug Park, Rotary Park, Lumsden Park and Lions Park are some of the local parks. The Discovery Plaza Shopping Center, the Carriage Trade Shopping Center and the County Fair Shopping Center are the local shopping destination. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the Sierra Golf and Country Club. The city also hosts the El Dorado County Fair every June.

Placerville Transportation

Sacramento International is the nearest major airport.

Placerville Higher Education

Higher education is available from Sierra College, California State University-Sacramento and American River College.

People

Total Population 10,471
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 17%
Employed Population 16+ 3,853
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 44.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $54,643
% Above Poverty Level 81.5%
% Below Poverty Level 18.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 8.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.7%
Median Gross Rent $945
Median House Value $251,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 33.2%
US/American 0.1%
English 10.2%
Irish 12.5%

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

Placerville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 20 miles E of Folsom, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 39 miles E of Sacramento, California
County El Dorado
Standard Zip Codes 95667
Phone Area Codes 530
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.729
Longitude -120.797

Placerville 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 PLACERVILLE
Distance 2.3 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 58 F
Apr Temp 41 to 69 F
Jul Temp 57 to 93 F
Oct Temp 46 to 77 F
Annual Precip 38.7 inches
Station PLACERVILLE IFG
Distance 3.5 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 54 F
Apr Temp 44 to 65 F
Jul Temp 65 to 91 F
Oct Temp 53 to 74 F
Annual Precip 40.7 inches
Station FOLSOM DAM
Distance 20 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Bucks Bar (95667)

Cedar Ravine (95667)

Five Mile Terrace (95667)

Gold Hill (95667)

Kelsey (95667)

Newtown (95667)

Old Fort Jim (95667)

Pleasant Valley (95667)

Swansboro Country (95667)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Amador City 152 $0
Auburn 13,785 $73,826
Folsom 74,156 $119,032
Loomis 6,648 $95,875
Plymouth 842 $58,000
Sutter Creek 2,083 $65,625

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

Placerville Public Libraries

Library
El Dorado County Library
345 FAIR LANE
Placerville, California
(530) 621-5540
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Placerville Hospitals

MARSHALL MEDICAL CENTER (1-RH)
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1100 MARSHALL WAY
(530) 622-1441
Emergency Service: Yes

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Placerville High Schools

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EL DORADO HIGH
561 CANAL ST.
530-622-3634
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,310 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.9

MUIR CHARTER
166 BROADWAY SUITE Q 279 PLACE
530-477-7569
A Charter School.
Serves 1,080 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 28.1

CHARTER COMMUNITY AND EXTENDED DAY
6767 GREEN VALLEY ROAD
530-295-2259
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 321 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

SPECIAL EDUCATION
6767 GREEN VALLEY ROAD
530-295-2275
A Special Education School
Serves 163 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.9

RITE OF PASSAGE SCHOOL
6767 GREEN VALLEY ROAD
775-463-5580
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 161 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.5

LEARNING WITH A PURPOSE
5296 NEWTON RD.
530-644-4100
A Charter School.
Serves 81 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.3

VISTA HIGH SCHOOL
561 CANAL STREET
530-622-3634
A Non-traditional School
Serves 30 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10

GOLDEN RIDGE (JUVENILE HALL)
6767 GREEN VALLEY ROAD
530-295-2230
A Non-traditional School
Serves 28 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.3

CHARTER TRANSITIONAL REPORTING EDUCATIONAL CENTER
295 FAIR LANE
530-295-2281
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 15 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

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