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Roseville is a city in Placer Countymarker, Californiamarker, United Statesmarker, located in the metropolitan area of Sacramentomarker. As of January 1, 2009 the population was 112,343. Interstate 80 runs through Roseville and State Route 65 bisects the northern part of the city.


Roseville is located at .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 30.5 square miles (79.0 km²), of which, 30.47 square miles (78.9 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.07%) is water. Several streams flow through Roseville, including Dry Creek, Linda Creek, Secret Ravine and Cirby Creek.


Rainy, cool winters and hot, dry, summers


As of 2005, there were 103,845 people, 42,538 households, and 21,855 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,622.5 people per square mile (1,012.4/km²). There were 31,925 housing units at an average density of 1,047.6/sq mi (404.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.03% White, 1.31% African American, 0.70% Native American, 4.31% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 3.93% from other races, and 3.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.54% of the population.

There were 30,783 households out of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.8 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $68,273, and the median income for a family was $84,863 Males had a median income of $50,426 versus $35,494 for females. The per capita income for the city was $27,021. About 3.4% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.3% of those under age 18 and 4.1% of those age 65 or over.

In CNN Money's "Best Places to Live" study in 2006, Roseville was ranked the skinniest city in the country, with an average body mass index of 24.5.


The city of Roseville has a variety of businesses located in it. It has encouraged the addition of large retail centers, including one of the largest Auto Malls in the country, which contributes significantly to sales tax receipts at the city and county level. Revenues from sales tax has been a main reason why the City of Roseville has been able to keep up the city's infrastructure as the population has dramatically increased. This environment has produced a mix of housing, small and large employers, as well as shopping opportunities.


The Westfield Galleria mall
Shopping plays a vital role in the economy of Roseville, which has the eleventh highest retail sales of all California cities as of 2008. Roseville is also the smallest of the fifteen top ranked cities in retail sales; before the economic slowdown, they were ranked number 9. Once the auto industry and economy recovers, combined with new retail, Roseville is expected to climb back into the top 10 with over $4 billion in retail sales annually. Roseville is considered a regional shopping destination, with the Westfield Galleria at Rosevillemarker being the main shopping center in the city. Westfield is currently embarking on a $270 million, expansion.

Across the street from the Galleria, Peter Bollinger Investment Company built an $70 million complex named "The Fountains". The Fountains is a retail center that is unique in that it includes several recreation centers. The first phase opened to the public on June 30, 2008. Plans call for future construction of hotel, additional retail, and office buildings as well.

In addition to the Galleria and The Fountains, Roseville has many shopping plazas surrounding the Galleria and the Douglas Boulevard financial corridor.

Major employers

The top ten employers of the city as of 2009 are:

Employer Number of jobs
Kaiser Permanente 4,300
Hewlett-Packard 3,200
Union Pacific Railroad 2,000
Sutter Roseville Medical Center 1,922
City of Roseville 1,100
Roseville Elementary School District 862
Wal-Martmarker (2 stores) 862
NEC Electronics 800
PRIDE Industries 800

Kaiser Permanente surpassed Hewlett Packard as the top employer in 2009, and became the largest employer in Placer County. This is due to the opening of their Women's and Children's Hospital in January 2009 and their new medical office building in February 2009.

Current Projects


Roseville's Civic Center.
Beginning in the year 1988 the city embarked on a plan for redeveloping the downtown core comprising about of land. Over the past years and into the future, the city is spending tens of millions of dollars on revitalizing its historic areas. The areas have been in decline for a long time. The city has already completed its Vernon Streetscape Project and is now working on its Historic District and Riverside Corridor Streetscape Projects. Also, the city has teamed up with Kobra Properties to develop a parking garage/office building/art gallery. It will house the new Roseville Arts! Blueline Gallery and will also provide the needed parking along with the new office workers. Grand opening of parking garage was in November 2007 and Blueline Gallery in February 2008.

Educational institutions

Roseville lies within the Sierra Community College Districtmarker. The main campus is located in neighboring Rocklinmarker and there is an extension campus in Roseville titled Roseville Gateway. It offers certificates and Associate of Arts degrees.

Heald College is a for-profit college aimed at students seeking business oriented careers, and generally offers two year programs. University of Phoenix is located in Roseville and offers a wide variety of degrees with the option of taking classes online or on campus. Chapman University, a private non-profit college, has an extension campus in town that offers classes at night and is aimed at working professionals.

William Jessup University, the only Christian university in the Sacramento metropolitan area, is located in neighboring Rocklinmarker. Recently, Drexel Universitymarker has announced their interest for a campus in the Roseville area.

There are plans for a Sacramento State Universitymarker satellite campus in Roseville which could eventually become an independent CSU campus.


The Roseville Press-Tribune is a weekly newspaper located in town operated by Gold Country Media which operates several other small newspapers in the immediate surrounding area. Rocklin and Roseville Today is an independently owned daily online news source with a circulation of around 50,000.


Two highways run through the city. State Route 65 the southern terminus of which connects to Interstate 80.

Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service to Roseville at the Roseville Amtrak Stationmarker and is part of the Capitol Corridor.

Roseville Transit is a public transit service overseen by the City of Roseville and operated by MV Transportation. The system provides a total of 12 regular local routes, as well as the Roseville Transit Dial-A-Ride (DAR) and Roseville Transit Commuter service. There are several stops where connections may be made with the Sacramento Regional Transit line and Placer County Transit.

Placer County Transit connects Roseville with the Watt/I-80 light rail station, as well as the cities of Auburnmarker, Lincolnmarker, Rocklinmarker, and other cities along the Interstate 80 corridor. The Placer Commuter Express service to Sacramento also serves the Taylor Rd. park and ride lot.



The City of Roseville provides electric, water, wastewater, and solid waste services to most areas. Pacific Gas and Electric provides natural gas service. Internet, cable, and/or telephone companies that service the Roseville area include AT&T, Comcast, and SureWest.


Major healthcare providers in the city include Sutter Roseville and Kaiser Permanente. There are multiple smaller clinics located near or around the city. UC Davis Medical Centermarker is also located in nearby Downtown Sacramento.

Notable Residents and Natives



Local bands

Notable events

  • On April 28, 1973, 18 boxcars loaded with bombs en route to the Concord Naval Weapons Station began detonating in the Southern Pacific Railroad yard after one of the cars caught fire. More than 6000 bombs detonated, injuring more than 350 people. The explosions caused damage to 5500 buildings up to away. The cause of the initial car fire has never been determined. [15987] In the late 1990s, development in the area by the Union Pacific Railroad uncovered more unexploded ordnance, which were safely contained and destroyed, although not without minor incidents.

See also


  1. Roseville 2007 Income Estimates
  2. MONEY Magazine: Best places to live 2006: Top 25 Skinniest
  3. City of Roseville, California - Major Employers
  5. Environmental Impact Report for the Roseville Redevelopment Project, Earth Metrics, prepared for city of Roseville and state of California Clearinghouse, May, 1989
  6. City of Roseville, California - Fixed Route
  7. Placer County Transit
  8. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: EPA calls on Corps to help with 25-year-old disaster

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