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Located just east of Roseville and west of Folsom, Granite Bay is an unincorporated town in Placer County, characterized by its rolling hills, access to Folsom Lake and unique underlay made up of granodiorite.
Granite Bay, CA has a population of 22,840. There has been a 5.2% growth rate since 2000. The average age is 46 years old. Median household income is $132,927.
Summers are hot and dry and winters are cool and rainy. During summer, the average high temperature is about 95 degrees, cooling off to about 60 degrees in the evening. During winter, the average high is about 54 degrees and lows near 40 degrees. Average rainfall is 25 inches annually. In Granite Bay, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Granite Bay are October, May and April. Source: BestPlaces.net
Granite Bay's roots lead back to the early 1850's, when gold miners first settled the banks of the American River. According to retired Park Ranger Dave McGrath there were 37 gold mining settlements along both sides of the River.
In its earliest beginnings, it was known as "Granite Bar", a small mining camp just below Horseshoe Bar. The North Fork Ditch, built by the Natoma Company between 1852 and 1954, not only allowed miners to surface mine gold, it continued to supply water to the area and attracted settlers who planted olive and almond orchards. When the lake is low you can still find rows of stumps straight out from the Granite Bay boat launch ramp. Remains of the ditch can still be seen in places along the trail leading up the lake from Horseshoe Bar and along the water's edge above the dam at low lake level. The sides of the ditch were concreted in 1925, which has helped to preserve its visibility.
Vivian Rasmussen recalled that what was is now called Auburn-Folsom Road was originally called Auburn-Sacramento Road. The road was built in 1850 to allow miners to travel back and forth with supplies. Whiskey Bar, Horseshoe Bar, and Rattlesnake Bar Roads were all established to connect the various settlements to the bar or to the main road. Granite Bar, later to be known as Granite Bay was named for the granite rock quarried from its banks and used as rip-rap in the wing dams of Folsom Dam.
Residents of the area felt the goal and lifestyle of Roseville was not consistent with their own and placed the proposition before the County Board of Supervisors to be recognized as the unincorporated community of Granite Bay. With County Supervisor's approval, the community became officially known as Granite Bay.
There are 5 public schools located in Granite Bay:
10 rating: Willma Cavitt Jr. High, Oakhills Elementary
9 rating: Del Oro High, Greenhills Elementary
8 rating: Ridgeview Elementary
Electricity/Gas - Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)
Garbage – Recology Auburn Placer
Water - Placer County Water Agency
TV/Internet – Xfinity
Phone/Internet – AT&T