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City of Folsom Information


Folsom is “Distinctive by Nature” and home to an abundance of natural recreational activities that provide a year-round playground on land and water. Folsom Lake, Lake Natoma, and the American River bound the city, hosting kayakers, swimmers and other water sports enthusiasts from around the region. It is a forward-looking city, a high-tech town, with firms ranging from small to large international corporations.  Folsom also boasts excellent schools, beautiful family-oriented neighborhoods and outstanding shopping, dining and cultural options.



The current population of Folsom is 79,022. Growing from 51,884 in 2000 and 72,203 in 2010. The “South of 50” project, officially known as “Folsom Ranch”, is a master-planned development of 3,513 acres south of Highway 50 that will be able to accommodate approximately 28,023 residents. Folsom has a median annual income of $106,718.



19th Safest City in the United States, 2019

2nd Best West Coast City to Raise a Family
Smart Asset, 2019

12th Best California City for Finding a Job
Wallet Hub, 2018

15th Safest City in California
SafeWise, 2018

7th Lowest Uninsured Rate in the Nation
WalletHub, 2018

Best Place to Raise a Family in California
WalletHub, 2018

Top 25 Most Livable Small Cities
Smart Asset, 2018

Top 4 Percent of Cities with Best Money-Management Skills
Wallet Hub, 2018

#15 Most Livable Small City in the United States

Smart Asset, 2018

Top Three Percent of Cities with the Lowest Credit Card Debt
Wallet Hub, 2018

No. 29 Safest City in United States
Safe Home, 2017

Top 100 Best Cities to Raise Kids in the U.S.
National Council for Home Safety and Security, 2017

#3 Best Place for Young Families in California
Nerd Wallet, 2017

City with the 2nd Lowest Uninsured Rate in the Nation
Wallet Hub, 2017

Top 100 Safest Cities in America
National Council for Home Safety and Security, 2017

23rd Best Beach Town
WalletHub, 2017

No. 5 Best Place to Live in California
SmartAsset, 2017

Top 7 Percent of Cities with the Least Student Debt
WalletHub, 2017

Nation's Best Cities to Build a Forever Home
GoodCall, 2017

Top 8% of Cities with Highest Credit Scores
WalletHub, 2017 

Nation's Top 20 Cities to Raise a Family (Folsom #17)
Apartment List, 2017

Best California City to Raise a Family
WalletHub, 2016

33rd Wealthiest City in the Nation
Nerd Wallet , 2016

America's Coolest Suburbs, 2016

Best Cities for Young Families
Apartment List, 2016

Best Places for Young Families in Northern California

Nerd Wallet, 2015

America’s 50 Best Cities to Live
24/7 Wall Street, 2015

#1 Best Place in California to Raise a Family, 2015

Best Suburb
Movoto, 2015

Best Cities for Young Professionals
Movoto, 2015

#2 Most Family-Friendly part of Sacramento County
Sacramento Business Journal, 2015

Best Cities for Job Seekers in California
Nerd Wallet, 2014

Best Places to Live
Money Magazine, 2014

Best Cities for Young Families in California
Nerd Wallet, 2014

#11 Smartest Suburb in America
Movoto, 2014

Top 100 Best Places to Live and Launch
CNN Money, 2008

34th Top Places to Live in Nation
Money Magazine, 2006

Top 25 Places to Raise a Family
Business Week, 2006


Folsom gets 21 inches of rain, on average, per year. On average, there are 267 sunny days per year in Folsom. The summer high is around 94 degrees and the winter low is 39 degrees. October, May and June are the most pleasant months in Folsom.


Folsom is famous across the country thanks to a country song about a prison recorded by Johnny Cash in 1956. The city's rich history actually began more than a century earlier with California's great Gold Rush and arrival of the railroad. Gold was first discovered along the south bank of the American River in the area known as Negro Bar. The discovery led to massive gold mining operations, as well as a need for rail


In 1847, William Leidesdorff, a successful trader who owned a prosperous shipping business, traveled to Sacramento by steamboat to see the 35,000 acres he had purchased years earlier. His land holdings extended from today’s Bradshaw Road along the south side of the American River to the present city of Folsom. That same year, U.S. Army Captain Joseph Folsom’s regiment arrived in California. At the conclusion of the Mexican-American War, Folsom remained in the state and became interested in purchasing the land that Leidesdorff had left to his heirs following his death in 1848.

After a long fight to obtain the land, Folsom hired fellow railroad pioneer Theodore Judah to help establish a town site near the Negro Bar mining spot on the American River. Their early plans included shops along Sutter Street and a railroad depot. Folsom named the new town “Granite City.” and Folsom planned the town as a railroad terminus before there were railroads in California. Though Folsom didn’t live to see it, his dream came true on Feb. 22, 1856 when the first train on the first railroad in the West arrived in Folsom from Sacramento.



Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

7806 Auburn-Folsom Rd, Folsom, CA 95630

(916) 988-0205

Folsom Point

900 E Natoma St, Folsom, CA 95630

Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary

403 Stafford St, Folsom, CA 95630

(916) 351-3527

Folsom Prison Museum

312 3rd St, Represa, CA 95671

(916) 985-2561

Lake Natoma

4 areas to launch kayaks and paddleboards:

Negro Bar State Park, Willow Creek, Nimbus Flat Natoma State Park, Sacramento State Aquatic Center


430 Palladio Pkwy #1801, Folsom, CA 95630

(916) 673-9972

Folsom Aquatic Center

1200 Riley Street, Folsom, CA 95630

(916) 461-6640


Luxe Theater

Palladio Cinemas

410 Palladio Pkwy, Folsom, CA 95630

(916) 542-7408

Folsom Premium Outlets

13000 Folsom Blvd, Folsom, CA 95630

(916) 985-0312

Sutter St.

Johnny Cash Trail

Harris Center

10 College Pkwy, Folsom, CA 95630

(916) 608-6888

Residents cherish the city’s network of 43+ miles of paved trails, showcasing some of the city’s beautiful assets as they meander through open space, woodlands, wildlife habitats, and along creeks and streams.
Folsom is a cyclist’s dream come true, with everything from short local rides to options that lead to the Gold Country foothills, and nationally-renowned mountain biking trails.  For most residents, the path to fitness and recreation begins just steps from home; nearly every home in the city is within a half-mile radius of a park. 

The city’s 46 parks teem with a nearly limitless range of activity, from cricket to lacrosse, tennis to T-ball, soccer, football, and more.


Folsom contains 14 public schools.

10 rating: Folsom Hills Elementary, Folsom High

9 rating: Oak Chan Elementary, Sandra J Gallardo Elementary, Russell Ranch Elementary, Folsom Middle, Vista Del Lago High

8 rating: Gold Ridge Elementary, Theodore Judah Elementary, Carl Sundahl Elementary, Empire Oaks

Elementary, Sutter Middle

7 rating: Natoma Station Elementary, Blanche Sprentz Elementary

Source: Zillow


Water/Sewer/Garbage: City of Folsom


Electricity: SMUD


Gas: Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)


TV/Phone/Internet – Xfinity


TV/Phone/Internet – AT&T


TV/Internet – DirectTV


TV/Internet – Dish Network


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