Roseville is the largest city in Placer County, California in the Sacramento metropolitan area. As of 2018, the US Census Bureau estimated the city’s population to be 139,117. Interstate 80 runs through Roseville and State Route 65 runs through part of the northern edge of the city.
In 1864 the Central Pacific Railroad tracks were constructed northeastward from Sacramento. The point where the tracks met the California Central Railroad line was named “Junction”. Junction eventually became known as Roseville. In 1909, three years after the Southern Pacific Railroad moved its facilities from Rocklin to Roseville, the town became an incorporated city. What followed was a period of expansion, with the community building more than 100 structures, including what was the largest ice manufacturing plant in the world.
Roseville ranked one of the best places to retire in California. Safety, housing affordability, and access to entertainment are some of the reasons Roseville was recently named the 10th best place to retire in California.
The city was a railroad town for decades, with the railroad employing up to 1,225 people by 1929, out of a population of only 6,425 people. With the onset of World War II, the rail yards became busier than ever and the post-war building boom brought continued prosperity. However, the nature of the city changed dramatically in the 1950s.
During the 1950s the railroad continued to expand and upgrade, converting its steam engine fleet to all diesel engines by the end of the decade. However, the railroads began falling in the shadow of air travel and the development of the national Interstate Highway System. Thus, although the railroad remained (and still remains) a major employer, the expansion of the city began branching out into other employment sectors. Another important change during this period was the Washington Boulevard railroad underpass construction in 1950. While this improved the ability of people to travel from one side of the tracks to the other, it meant that people were no longer traveling through the Roseville business district north of the tracks. The completion of Interstate 80 in 1956 shifted the population from downtown to what would become known as East Roseville. The old downtown area slid into a gradual decline.
The Roseville Yard of the Southern Pacific (now Union Pacific) was the site of a major explosion and fire on April 28, 1973.
The city saw steady population growth throughout the ensuing decades, as shopping centers, major retailers, and homes were constructed throughout the city.
Shopping plays a vital role in the economy of Roseville, which has the thirteenth highest retail sales of all California cities. Roseville is considered a regional shopping destination, with the Westfield Galleria at Roseville being the main shopping center in the city and the second largest shopping mall in Northern California. Across the street from the Galleria, a $70 million complex named “Fountains at Roseville”. Fountains at Roseville is a 330,000 sq ft retail center includes recreation centers. Includes retailers Whole Foods, White House/Black Market, and restaurants Mc Cormick’s, Yard House, Mikuni’s, Zocalo’s, California Kitchen, Boudins and other causal and fine dining choices. In addition to the Galleria and Fountains at Roseville, Roseville has many shopping plazas surrounding the Galleria and the Douglas Boulevard financial corridor.
Best Neighborhoods in Roseville, California
Morgan Creek is a master-planned community that is surrounded by a premier and private 18 hole golf course. Morgan Creek offers beautiful neighborhoods, semi-custom homes, custom, and luxury homes. Many homes feature stellar views of the foothills and finely manicured fairways. Home prices generally range from $600,000 and exceed $1,000,000.
West Park (also known as West Roseville) has exploded with growth in the last several years. It will continue to grow with another 500+ homes scheduled to be built. Much of West Park consists of homes with smaller lot sizes, many being built with no yards at all. West Park around Fiddyment has continued to be popular due to its never-ending parks, open spaces, trails, and wonderful schools. Real estate prices usually range from $400,000 and exceed $600,000
Highland Reserve is a master-planned community that covers 676 acres of North Central Roseville. If you like to shop, go to happy hour, and enjoy fine dining then this is the perfect place for you. Enjoy the Galleria Mall, The Fountains, Zocolo, Yard House, Dave & Busters and more. With affordable houses, great freeway access, lots to do, and much more….why would you want to live anywhere else? Homes in Highland Reserve range from $450,000 – $700,000
Sun City & Del Webb Roseville is beautiful, friendly and if you are 55+ it’s a great place to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle. Sun City in Roseville offers an award-winning 18-hole course and a fun 9-hole course. The community has designated golf cart lanes that allow you to golf, run to the clubhouse for lunch, or enjoy a community event. You are greeted into the community with ponds, creeks, mature trees and rolling fairways. It’s simply a wonderful place to live! The community Real estate prices usually range from $400,000 and exceed $600,000
Stoneridge – East Roseville Parkway / Secret Ravine is a tribute to Miners Ravine which was a premiere site during the California Gold Rush. This upper scale community offers amazing semi-custom and custom homes. Rolling hills, covered in hundred-year-old oak trees, that features over 10-miles of trails & hiking loops. Yes, this neighborhood is last on the list, but many Roseville residents would put it right at the top. Homes range from the high $500,000’s into the Millions