Folsom is conveniently located 21 miles east of
California's state capitol in Sacramento and about halfway
between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. Situated on
U.S. Highway 50, Folsom is 42 minutes from Sacramento International
Airport and even closer to Mather Air Cargo/General Aviation
airport. There are three Sacramento Regional Transit light rail stations in Folsom. They are located along Folsom Blvd. at Historic Folsom, Glenn Dr. and Iron Point Rd.
Folsom has experienced a steady population growth, largely
due to excellent job opportunities, outstanding residential
neighborhoods and diverse recreational amenities. Currently,
the City has approximately 77,000 residents and is expected to reach a build-out
population of approximately 110,000 residents around 2035 when the Folsom Plan Area south of Highway 50 is completed.
Folsom is bordered on the north by Folsom Lake, an 18,000-acre
recreational area that draws more than two million visitors
a year. The town also is intersected by a wide stretch of the American
River called Lake Natoma, which is ringed by walking, biking,
and equestrian trails. Both bodies of water are popular
places to sail a boat, catch a fish, or find a quiet, sandy
spot to swim or sunbathe. Folsom has miles of preserved
wetlands and creeks, also bordered by developed trails, rolling
hills, and an abundance of beautiful views.
Because of its location, Folsom is considered a gateway to
the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The foothill county of El Dorado,
famous for its wineries and apple orchards, is just minutes
away. South Lake Tahoe, with its gambling casinos, winter ski
resorts, and summer recreation, is only 85 miles to the east. Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley and their famous wineries are about 60-70 miles to the west. San Franciso and the Bay Area are about 100 miles to the west, while Silicon Valley is about 30 miles farther.
Folsom is steeped in a rich and colorful history. Originally a gold mining town, Folsom was a stop on the Pony Express, the site of the first railroad terminal west of the Rockies, the site of the first hydroelectric power plant west of the Mississippi, and the first national road, the Lincoln Highway, passed through town on its way between New York and San Francisco.
The City's Historic District consists of fine homes and historic landmarks. The City's original downtown, located on Sutter Street, hosts an eclectic collection of restaurants, nightspots, art galleries, and antique and gift shops.
Folsom has a stable economy, with the City maintaining balanced budgets, including
surpluses and reserves over the past several years. City leaders are
widely respected for allowing business and residential development to proceed,
but in a controlled and thoughtful manner.
City services are top-of-the-line. The City has its
own exceptional Police and Fire Departments, Public
Works Department, and Community Development Department. Folsom
has an exceedingly low crime rate - in fact, Folsom's crime
rate is one of the lowest in all of California, according
to FBI and Department of Justice statistics. The City's Utilities Department provides water, sewer and garbage
collection services to residents and businesses in the
community. The City's Parks and Recreation
Department has won numerous awards for its programs, facilities, and bike trails. Folsom also has an exceptional resource in the Georgia Murray Library Building in City Lions Park. The City also has the Folsom Sports Complex which is an excellent indoor sports facility with a soccer field and basketball courts.
Folsom's major employers represent a diverse base of
businesses, from industry leading high technology to food manufacturers,
retail, health care and education. Major employers include
Intel Corporation, Micron Technology, Folsom Cordova Unified School District,
Mercy Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, Cal-ISO, PowerSchool, Folsom State Prison, Palladio, Costco,
Walmart, Home Depot, Target,
Lowe's, Trader Joe's, Kohl's, Best Buy, Winco, REI, and Sam's Club.
Folsom has excellent award-winning public schools administered by the
Folsom Cordova Unified School District. The fully accredited
Folsom Lake College has undergone a major expansion
that has seen enrollment increase to about 8,800 students.
Quality of Life
Residents and visitors alike enjoy the Folsom area's many recreational
amenities including over 50 miles of paved pedestrian and bicycle
trails, Folsom Lake recreational activities, an Aquatic
Center featuring a 50-meter Olympic pool, a beautiful 18-hole
golf course, a City Zoo Sanctuary and 46 parks encompassing
almost 300 acres. Folsom is also home to many outstanding
restaurants, diverse shopping experiences, historic sites and
numerous special events and activities.