Modern day Roseville traces back to where the Central Pacific Railroad route was extended to Sacramento in 1864, nicknamed “Junction” at the time. The area grew in size when the Southern Pacific Railroad moved its center from Rocklin to Roseville, and on April 10, 1909, Roseville incorporated. After that, the city boomed, with more than 100 buildings and structures being erected within a few years, including the Pacific Fruit Express building in 1913, the largest ice manufacturing plant in the world.
With the dawn of WWII, the railroads became more important than ever and Roseville enjoyed post-war stability and gentle growth. But Roseville was still a mom-and-pop, sleepy community until 1985, when more people started moving there and new subdivisions were built. Starting in 1985, the population exploded from 28,988 to 74,234 people as of 2000.
With the population growing so quickly, downtown Roseville was redeveloped; a tens of millions of dollars project to give a face lift to Vernon Street, Atlantic Street, Oak Street, and the Historic Old Town. This ambitious revitalization includes the new Roseville Civic Center and surrounding complex for family and community events.
Location and Demographics:
Roseville is located only 16 miles north of Sacramento, encompassing zip codes 95661, 95678, and 95747 and is the largest city by population in Placer County. It spans an area of 43 square miles and sits 165 feet above sea level. As of January 1, 2015, Roseville had a population of 128,382, nearly a 48% jump since the 2000 census. The cost of living in Roseville is about 40% higher than the U.S. average, though not considered high for California.
Roseville has a strong history of economic abundance, starting when large employers Hewlett Packard (1979) and NEC (in 1983) relocated to the area. And despite the fact that we don’t live in the railroad age anymore, the Union Pacific Railroad is still the 6th largest employer in Roseville. Additionally, the city is home to one of the largest auto malls in the entire U.S., which provides plenty of jobs and bolsters the region’s tax base.
Retail shopping is also a main facet of Roseville’s economy, as it has the thirteenth highest retail sales of all California cities. People from all over Sacramento come to enjoy the Westfield Galleria mall and Fountains in Roseville shopping complex.
Open Space in Roseville
Roseville has over 4,000 acres of dedicated open space which works out to be nearly 1 acre per 25 residents. The preserved natural ares provide scenery, natural filtering areas for urban runoff, improved air quality, flood protection, and wildlife habitat preservation. Many of the open spaces in Roseville offer trails for biking, running, and other passive recreation activities. To maintain these areas and cut back on the risk of fire, the city of Roseville employs 3 herds of goats to take care of the overgrown areas. This environmentally friendly vegetation management has become a city staple. There's even a goat tacker on the City of Roseville's website!
Roseville residents have plenty of entertaining activities to choose from, whether its outdoor sports facilities, shopping, or a trip to Golfland Sunsplash. There are great concerts and outings for the whole family, and the Roseville Arts Blueline Gallery for culture enthusiasts.
The Roseville Theatre is an iconic landmark in Roseville, originally built in 1940 and now run by Roseville Theatre Arts Academy as a children's theatre and workshop, adult theatre, and arts and entertainment venue.
Real Estate in Roseville
Roseville enjoyed a robust real estate market in the boom years of the early and mid 2000s and has continued to be healthy post-recession. In fact, the median sale price in Roseville is now $367,500, a resounding 22% increase over one year. Of all the homes in Roseville, 65.5% are owner-occupied and 34.5% occupied by renters. There are plenty of great homes for sale in Roseville at any time, with as lots of families look to list their homes but then relocate into the same community.
Roseville has a diverse education base with some top-flight public schools, including Stoneridge Elementary School(9 out of 10), Thomas Jefferson Elementary School (9 out of 10), and Diamond Creek Elementary School (9 out of 10). Roseville also offers private school options like St. Albans Country Day School (K-8).
Brandman University, a private non-profit college, has a campus in Roseville, offering secondary learning opportunities to working professionals. Sierra College and William Jessup are just minutes from Roseville, while Sacramento State University and UC Davis are short distances away.
More About Roseville, CA
Roseville native sons and daughters:
- Summer Sanders, swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, television show host, and actress
- Molly Ringwald, actress
- Evelyn Ashford, runner, Olympic gold medalist and world record holder
- Tedy Bruschi, NFL football player
- Dan Bunz, NFL football player
- Ray Clemons, NFL football player
- Andrew Susac, MLB baseball player
- John Ensign, U.S. Senator from Nevada
- Scott Pruett, 2008 Rolex sports car series championship winner
Bet You Didn't Know...
That Infamous Red Statue,
the 80' tall red one that can be seen from I-80 is called "Cosmos." It was created by Aris Demetrios in 1990, and while the well-known urban myth states that an aerial view of the statue looks like a rose, this is not true and it actually symbolizes unity.
- 2017- Smart Assest named Roseville as the #1 city to raise a family in California citing its affordability, low crime rate, and high graduation rate.
- 2016 & 2015- WalletHub named Roseville in the top 10 cities to lay down roots in California(out of 240 cities examined!).
- Also Wallethub listed Roseville #1 as having the Most Playgrounds per Capita and #3 of the Most Affordable Housing
- In 2015, ranked 32 on America's 50 Best Cities to Live list by 24/7 Wall Street
- Accolades listed on Roseville's Website
- In a 2006 CNN study, Roseville was ranked the skinniest city in the country when residents measured an average body mass index of only 24.5. miles of trails, nearby Folsom Lake, dozens of parks, and fitness clubs like Life Time Athletic.
- First city in the nation to receive “Class 1” status in flood insurance rating from FEMA.
- 2006 Money Magazine ranked Roseville 11th in job growth with a 28.6% increase from 2000 to 2005
- Ranked 2nd by Sacramento Business Journal survey comparing 16 local cities and counties (2005).
- California Retail Survey, 2005 Edition, Eureka Group:
- received highest performance rank for sales growth
- ranked 9th in total sales (top 3%)
- ranked 16th in per capita sales (top 6%)
- ranked 17th in new outlets (top 6%)
- ranked 36th in total outlets (top 13%)
- ranked 13th in per outlet sales (top 5%)
- 2004 Sacramento Business Journal: Of the top 100 fastest growing companies in the Sacramento region, 14 are located in Roseville. Companies range from professional and financial services, automotive related and tech-based companies.
Homes for Sale in Roseville:
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