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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population74,960
Male Share of the Population53.5%
Female Share of the Population46.5%
Senior Citizens11.9%
Employed Population 16+33,243
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married55.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher48.3%
Median Earnings25+$68,383
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,591
Median Earnings With High School Degree$34,609

Wealth

Median Family Income$120,569
% Above Poverty Level95.3%
% Below Poverty Level4.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time25 minutes
% Working from Home7%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.4%
% Using Public Transportation2.1%

Housing

People Living Alone24.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,465
Median House Value$433,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)39.7%
German15.7%
Irish11.4%
English10.3%
Italian8.2%
French Except Basque2.6%
Portuguese2.5%
Swedish2.5%
Polish2.2%
Norwegian2.1%
Scottish2.1%
Dutch1.2%
Russian1%
Danishn1%
Iranian0.9%
Welsh0.8%
Greek0.8%
Arab0.7%
Hungarian0.5%
US/American0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
African0.4%
Swiss0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Romanian0.3%
Czech0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Jordanian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Afghan)0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
South African0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Maltese0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
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Folsom Almanac

CategoryValue
County Sacramento County, El Dorado County
Standard Zip Codes95630, 95762
P.O. Box Zip Codes95763
Phone Area Codes916
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude38.67
Approximate Longitude-121.14

Folsom Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationFOLSOM DAM
Distance1.6 miles
Jan Temp39 to 55 F
Apr Temp47 to 72 F
Jul Temp61 to 95 F
Oct Temp53 to 79 F
Annual Precip24.6 inches
StationAUBURN
Distance16.1 miles
Jan Temp38 to 54 F
Apr Temp45 to 68 F
Jul Temp63 to 91 F
Oct Temp52 to 76 F
Annual Precip36.5 inches
StationSACRAMENTO AP
Distance21.5 miles
Jan Temp39 to 54 F
Apr Temp46 to 71 F
Jul Temp58 to 92 F
Oct Temp51 to 78 F
Annual Precip17.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Auburn13,858$75,396
Citrus Heights85,954$60,600
Loomis6,690$83,615
Rancho Cordova69,482$60,545
Rocklin60,509$102,345
Roseville128,276$96,968

Folsom Public Libraries

Folsom Public Library
411 STAFFORD ST
Folsom, California
(916) 355-7374

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Folsom Hospitals

Vibra Hospital Of Sacramento
(Proprietary)
330 Montrose Drive
(916) 351-9151
Mercy Hospital - Folsom
(Non-profit)
1650 Creekside Drive

Folsom Public Schools

Blanche Sprentz Elementary
249 Flower Dr.
ZIP: 95630
Primary
Total Enrollment 365
Carl H. Sundahl Elementary
9932 Inwood Rd.
ZIP: 95630
Primary
Total Enrollment 382
Empire Oaks Elementary
1830 Bonhill Dr.
ZIP: 95630
Primary
Total Enrollment 541
Folsom Cordova K-8 Community Charter
715 Riley St.
ZIP: 95630
Primary
Total Enrollment 149
Folsom High
1655 Iron Point Rd.
ZIP: 95630
High
Total Enrollment 2179
Folsom Hills Elementary
106 Manseau Dr.
ZIP: 95630
Primary
Total Enrollment 600
Folsom Lake High
955 Riley St.
ZIP: 95630
High
Total Enrollment 77
Folsom Middle
500 Blue Ravine Rd.
ZIP: 95630
Middle
Total Enrollment 1427
Gold Ridge Elementary
735 Halidon Way
ZIP: 95630
Primary
Total Enrollment 578
Natoma Station Elementary
500 Turnpike Dr.
ZIP: 95630
Primary
Total Enrollment 445
Oak Chan Elementary
101 Prewett Dr.
ZIP: 95630
Primary
Total Enrollment 450
Russell Ranch Elementary
375 Dry Creek Rd.
ZIP: 95630
Primary
Total Enrollment 682
Sandra J. Gallardo Elementary
775 Russi Rd.
ZIP: 95630
Primary
Total Enrollment 578
Sutter Middle
715 Riley St.
ZIP: 95630
Middle
Total Enrollment 1392
Theodore Judah Elementary
101 Dean Way
ZIP: 95630
Primary
Total Enrollment 539
Vista Del Lago High
1970 Brd.stone Pkwy.
ZIP: 95630
High
Total Enrollment 1514

Folsom Private Schools

Brighton Schools
405 Natoma Station Dr
ZIP: 95630
Elementary
Total Enrollment 87
Folsom Crescent School
1143 Sibley St Ste 500
ZIP: 95630
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 42
Folsom Montessori School
502 Riley St
ZIP: 95630
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
Kids Kount At The Gathering Place
330 Plaza Dr
ZIP: 95630
Elementary
Total Enrollment 2
Kindercare Learning Center-natoma
420 Natoma Station Dr
ZIP: 95630
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
St John Notre Dame School
309 Montrose Dr
ZIP: 95630
Elementary
Total Enrollment 323
Sundance Montessori School
216 Natoma St
ZIP: 95630
Elementary
Total Enrollment 28
The Phoenix Schools
650 Willard Dr
ZIP: 95630
Elementary
Total Enrollment 334
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