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The Cities and communities of Placer County, California *

Alpine Meadows, Alta, Applegate, Auburn County Seat of Placer County
Baxter, Blue Canyon, Bowman
Carnelian Bay, Cisco, Clipper Gap, Colfax, Cool
Dutch Flat
Emigrant Gap
Forest Hill
Gold Run, Granite Bay
Iowa Hill
Kings Beach
Lincoln, Loomis
Magra, Meadow Vista
Newcastle, North Auburn
Penryn, Pilot Hill
Rocklin, Roseville
Sheridan, Soda Springs
Tahoe City, Tahoe Pines, Tahoe Vista

*This list of cities may not be complete

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Information & Facts about Placer County, California


Placer County official website

Placer County Administrative Offices
175 Fulweiler Avenue
Auburn, CA 95603, USA
Main switchboard - (530) 889-4000
Toll-free number (800) 488-4308 (toll-free number works outside the Auburn area but only within Placer County, as a convenience for county residents)
There are five County Supervisors who are elected by district to four year terms.  The terms are staggered so that two seats are elected in one election and three seats are elected in the next election.

Placer County Sheriff's Office
11500 A Avenue, DeWitt Center
Auburn CA 95603


1997 - 209,700
1999 - 239,485
2002 - 264,940
2005 - 286,000 (projection)

Rocklin and Roseville are expected to be the fasted growing cities in the county in the early 2000's


Placer County is located 80 miles northeast of San Francisco, and Auburn, the government center of Placer County, is located 120 miles southwest of Reno. Located near Sacramento
Nearby counties are:
North - Nevada County
South - El Dorado and Sacramento Counties
West - Sutter and Yuba Counties
East - State of Nevada

A map page for Placer County


Moderate, dry days and cool nights characterize the summer months in Placer County. The temperature during the summer varies between the Valley and High Country areas. Typically, Valley temperatures are higher in summer and winter, while mountain temperatures are lower.

The rainy season in Placer County occurs between November and April, but excessive rainfall and damaging windstorms are rare. The Sierra Nevada snow fields are a major source of water during the dry summer months. Table 12 shows average temperatures and precipitation for the selected areas in Placer County.

Other Facts & Figures:

Total area: 1,506 square miles


Placer County history page

Incorporated: 1884
Created April 25, 1851.

Placer is probably a contraction of the words plaza de oro (the place of gold) and in Spanish means "a place near a river where gold is found." Placer mining was used in many parts of the county and it is believed the name also may have come from this mining practice.


Land area: 1,506.5 square miles (including 82.5 square miles of water)


Placer County Genealogical Society
Post Office Box 7385
Auburn, California 95604

Birth & Death Certificates
County Clerk/Recorder
Phone: 530-886-5600
2954 Richardson Drive
Auburn, CA


Placer County Library


Placer County office of Education
360 Nevada Street
Auburn, CA 95603
Phone: 530-889-8020

Organizations & Groups:

links to Placer County chambers and cities

North Lake Tahoe Resort Association
Box 5578
Tahoe City, CA 96145

Placer County Visitors' Council
13464 Lincoln Way
Auburn, CA 95603
Phone: (530) 887-2111

Attractions & Other Information:

Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe straddles the California/Nevada border. It is in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range about 98 miles northeast of Sacramento and about 45 miles southwest of Reno, Nevada. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. It is 12 miles wide, 22 miles long, and has 72 miles of shoreline. It is the second deepest lake in the United States. The average depth is 989 feet with the deepest point at 1,645 feet. There are 39 trillion gallons of water in the lake. The lake's surface is at 6,223 feet above sea level. The Tahoe area has 409 inches of snowfall each year, but enjoys a comfortable climate with an 80 percent chance of sunshine!

Placer County Strawberry Festival
Held every year in Spring
at the Placer County Fairgrounds
Hosted by the Roseville Historical Society
Established in 1990 in historic Oldtown Roseville as an avenue to bring awareness to the historic district. When the festival grew much larger in size, it was moved to the fairgrounds. While arts and crafts are the highlight of this event, the strawberries are the attraction! Fresh strawberries are sold, varied strawberry delights are available for feasting and many other unique strawberry offerings are available.
Tons of food, tons of fun, lots of variety and a great way to spend the day with your family and friends. Visit the website for exact dates for the festival and for pre-sale of tickets. Updates for all the events may also be found on the site. See you there this year!

Placer County Fairgrounds
800 All America City Blvd
Phone: 916-781-7066
Toll-free: 877-742-7066

Museums in Placer County

Things to see and do in Placer County

Placer County Fairgrounds
800 All American Boulevard
Roseville, CA
(The fairgrounds are not operated by Placer County.)

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