Roseville, California

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Roseville, California
City of Roseville
Roseville's Westfield Galleria Mall in June 2007.
Roseville's Westfield Galleria Mall in June 2007.
Official seal of Roseville, California
Location in Placer County
Location in Placer County
Coordinates: 38°45′9″N 121°17′22″W / 38.75250°N 121.28944°W / 38.75250; -121.28944Coordinates: 38°45′9″N 121°17′22″W / 38.75250°N 121.28944°W / 38.75250; -121.28944
Country  United States of America
State  California
County Placer
Incorporated April 10, 1909
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Mayor Susan Rohan1
 • State Senate Ted Gaines (R)
 • State Assembly Beth Gaines (R)
 • U. S. Congress Tom McClintock (R)2
 • Total 36.223 sq mi (93.817 km2)
 • Land 36.222 sq mi (93.814 km2)
 • Water 0.001 sq mi (0.003 km2)  0%
Elevation4 164 ft (50 m)
Population (2012)
 • Total 127,323
 • Rank 1st in Placer County
47th in California
212th in the United States
 • Density 3,500/sq mi (1,400/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 95678, 95661, 95747
Area code(s) 916
FIPS code 06-62938
GNIS feature ID 1659544
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Roseville, California

Roseville (formerly, Roseville Junction,4 Junction,5 and Griders5) is the largest city in Placer County, California, United States, located in the metropolitan area of Sacramento. As of 2012, the population was estimated to be 126,323.6 Roseville's population is expected to reach 133,680 by 2015.7 Interstate 80 runs through Roseville and State Route 65 bisects the northern part of the city.


The settlement was originally a stage coach station called Griders.5 When the railroad arrived, the name was changed to Junction and then to Roseville.5

The Roseville post office opened in 1864.5 Roseville incorporated as a city in 1909.5


Roseville is located at 38°45′09″N 121°17′22″W / 38.752434°N 121.289338°W / 38.752434; -121.289338.8

According to the Roseville Civic Center, the city has a total area of 42.26 square miles (109.5 km2), of which, 42.24 square miles (109.4 km2) of it is land and 0.002 square miles (0.0052 km2) of it (0.00%) is water. Several streams flow through Roseville, including Dry Creek, Linda Creek, Secret Ravine and Cirby Creek.


Roseville has a Mediterranean climate that is characterized by cool, wet winters and hot, dry summers (Köppen climate classification Csa). The "wet season" is generally October through April. Average daily high temperatures range from 54°F (12°C) in January to 95°F (35°C) in July and 94°F in August. Daily low temperatures range from 39°F in winter to 60°F in summer (4 to 16°C). On March 27, 2014, an EF-0 tornado touched down in a neighborhood in this city.

Climate data for Roseville, California
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 54
Daily mean °F (°C) 47
Average low °F (°C) 39
Precipitation inches (mm) 4.46
Source: [2]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 2,608
1920 4,477 71.7%
1930 6,425 43.5%
1940 6,653 3.5%
1950 8,723 31.1%
1960 13,421 53.9%
1970 18,221 35.8%
1980 24,347 33.6%
1990 44,685 83.5%
2000 79,921 78.9%
2010 118,788 48.6%
Est. 2011 121,767 2.5%
2011 estimate


The 2010 United States Census9 reported that Roseville had a population of 118,788. The population density was 3,279.4 people per square mile (1,266.2/km²). The racial makeup of Roseville was 94,199 (79.3%) White, 2,329 (2.0%) African American, 885 (0.7%) Native American, 10,026 (8.4%) Asian (3.1% Filipino, 2.0% Indian, 1.0% Chinese, 0.6% Japanese, 0.6% Vietnamese, 0.5% Korean, 0.8% Other), 346 (0.3%) Pacific Islander, 5,087 (4.3%) from other races, and 5,916 (5.0%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17,359 persons (14.6%).

The Census reported that 117,941 people (99.3% of the population) lived in households, 478 (0.4%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 369 (0.3%) were institutionalized.

There were 45,059 households, out of which 16,885 (37.5%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 24,050 (53.4%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 4,901 (10.9%) had a female householder with no husband present, 2,088 (4.6%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 2,518 (5.6%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 286 (0.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 11,042 households (24.5%) were made up of individuals and 4,502 (10.0%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62. There were 31,039 families (68.9% of all households); the average family size was 3.14.

The population was spread out with 31,210 people (26.3%) under the age of 18, 9,397 people (7.9%) aged 18 to 24, 33,362 people (28.1%) aged 25 to 44, 28,952 people (24.4%) aged 45 to 64, and 15,867 people (13.4%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.8 years. For every 100 females there were 91.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.4 males.

There were 47,757 housing units at an average density of 1,318.4 per square mile (509.0/km²), of which 29,513 (65.5%) were owner-occupied, and 15,546 (34.5%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.3%; the rental vacancy rate was 6.8%. 79,887 people (67.3% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 38,054 people (32.0%) lived in rental housing units.


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 per square mile (404.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city in 2010 was 71.0% non-Hispanic White, 1.8% non-Hispanic African American, 0.5% Native American, 8.2% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 3.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.6% 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 $84,86310 Males had a median income of $50,426 versus $35,494 for females. The per capita income for the city was $47,021. 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 24.5.11


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. Revenue 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. A popular water park, Roseville Golfland SunSplash, is also located in Roseville.


Shopping plays a vital role in the economy of Roseville, which has the thirteenth highest retail sales of all California cities.12 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. Westfield embarked on a $270 million project, because of the revenue they acquire from this high end 487,806-square-foot (45,319 m2) expansion 13 mall.

Across the street from the Galleria, Peter Bollinger Investment Company built a $70 million complex named "Fountains at Roseville".14 Fountains at Roseville is a 330,000 sq ft (31,000 m2) retail center that is unique in that it includes several recreation centers. The first phase opened to the public on June 30, 2008.15 Plans call for future construction of hotel, additional retail, and office buildings as well.

In addition to the Galleria and Fountains at Roseville, 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 2011 are:16

Employer Number of jobs
Kaiser Permanente 4,430
Hewlett-Packard 3,200
Sutter Roseville Medical Center 2,654 17
Roseville Joint Union High School District 1,361
City of Roseville 1,291
Union Pacific Railroad 1,168
Roseville City School District 929
Wal-Mart (2 stores) 790
PRIDE Industries 661
Telefunken 640
Cokeva 270 18

Kaiser Permanente surpassed Hewlett Packard as the top employer in 2009, and became the largest employer in Placer County. This is due to Hewlett Packard cutting back on their Roseville branch and the opening of Kaiser's Women's and Children's Hospital in January 2009 and their new medical office building in February 2009.19

Current projects


Roseville's Civic Center.

Beginning in the year 1988 the city embarked on a plan for redeveloping the downtown core comprising about 207 acres (0.8 km2) of land.20 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.

The applicant, Cinemark, seeks approval of the following Planning entitlements at the open space located at Washington Boulevard and Blue Oaks Boulevard: Major Project Permit (MPP) - Stage 1 to master plan the entire 59 acre site. A MPP Stage 1 defines the site design as it relates to building configuration and square footage, site circulation for both vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and defines parking and landscape areas. The proposed project will include: a 20,000 sf hotel (75 rooms), 36,000 sf of restaurant space (5 buildings), 25,000 sf of general retail space (2 buildings), a 52,000 sf movie theater (14 screens, 2587 seats), and 637,000 sf of office space (15 buildings ranging from 2 to 3 stories). MPP - Stage 2 for approval of the design and architecture of the movie theater building and associated site improvements, including parking and landscaping as well as completion of roadway infrastructure from Washington Boulevard to the theater building.21

Educational institutions

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

Roseville is part of the Roseville City School District, Eureka Union School District, Dry Creek Join Elementary School District, and Roseville Joint Union High School District. St. Albans Country Day School is an elementary and secondary school in the town.

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.

The Institute of Technology is a technical school in Roseville, and offers career focused education in a number of fields, including culinary arts, business and health care. IOT also has a culinary arts school, which offers three complete and unique programs.

William Jessup University, the only Christian university in the Sacramento metropolitan area, is located in neighboring Rocklin. Recently, Drexel University has announced their interest for a campus in the Roseville area.22

There are plans for a Sacramento State University satellite campus in Roseville which could eventually become an independent CSU campus.[citation needed]


The Roseville Press-Tribune is a weekly newspaper owned by (San Diego newspaper chain based Brehm Communications) which operates several other small newspapers in 7 states. Rocklin and Roseville Today is independently owned and the only locally owned daily online news source. The Sacramento Bee is the most popular printed newspaper in Roseville.


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 Station 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.23

Placer County Transit connects Roseville with the Watt/I-80 RT light rail station, as well as the cities of Auburn, Lincoln, Rocklin, and other cities along the Interstate 80 corridor. The Placer Commuter Express service to Sacramento also serves the Taylor Rd. park and ride lot.24



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 Center is also located in nearby Downtown Sacramento.

Notable people



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 6,800 feet (2,070 m) away. The cause of the initial car fire has never been determined. [4] In the late 1990s, development in the area by the Union Pacific Railroad uncovered more unexploded ordnance, which were eventually removed.25

On October 21, 2010, a young man entered the GameStop store inside Westfield Galleria at Roseville "speaking incoherently" and claiming to have a handgun. The man ordered the employees and customers to vacate the store and proceeded to set fire to the merchandise in the store room. As police and fire crews converged on the scene, the suspect barricaded himself outside the store and began setting other fires. After breaching the barricade, several police officers led the suspect out in handcuffs shortly after 1:00 PM. The mall was evacuated, along with police and fire crews, during the incident due to concerns of a possible incendiary or explosive device in a backpack left behind by the suspect. Due to the wait for the bomb squad, the fire spread and consumed large areas of the ceiling duct work and roof.26 The suspect, identified as Alexander Piggee, had also set a fire in a local Walmart garden department earlier in the day. He was sentenced to 180 months in prison followed by 72 months surveillance on August 2, 2011 after a guilty plea.27 The affected wing of Westfield Galleria at Roseville was closed until October 6, 2011 while repairs were made to approximately 40 stores and expansions built.28

In CNN Money's "Best Places to Live" study in 2008, Roseville was ranked 90th in the Top 100, "America's best small cities in the country".

See also


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "California's 4th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ U.S. Census
  4. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Roseville, California
  5. ^ a b c d e f Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 548. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  6. ^ "New York City tops in population; 8 more cities above 1M". 
  7. ^ "E-1 City / County Population Estimates with Annual Percent Change — January 1, 2008 and 2009". California Department of Finance. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ All data are derived from the United States Census Bureau reports from the 2010 United States Census, and are accessible on-line here. The data on unmarried partnerships and same-sex married couples are from the Census report DEC_10_SF1_PCT15. All other housing and population data are from Census report DEC_10_DP_DPDP1. Both reports are viewable online or downloadable in a zip file containing a comma-delimited data file. The area data, from which densities are calculated, are available on-line here. Percentage totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The Census Bureau defines families as a household containing one or more people related to the householder by birth, opposite-sex marriage, or adoption. People living in group quarters are tabulated by the Census Bureau as neither owners nor renters. For further details, see the text files accompanying the data files containing the Census reports mentioned above.
  10. ^ Roseville 2007 Income Estimates
  11. ^ "MONEY Magazine: Best places to live 2006: Top 25 Skinniest". CNN. 
  12. ^ "City of Roseville - Retail". Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "City of Roseville Planning Commission Report" (PDF). 2006-06-22. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  14. ^ Jon, Ortiz (2008-07-04). "Fountains in full flow". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 2008-12-03. dead link
  15. ^ Pardy, Sasha (2008-07-07). "The Fountains at Roseville Now Open". CoStar Group. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  16. ^ City of Roseville, California - Largest Employers
  17. ^ "Sutter consolidating 1,000 back-office jobs to Roseville". 
  18. ^ "Rocklin company Cokeva plans move into former HP building". 
  19. ^
  20. ^ Environmental Impact Report for the Roseville Redevelopment Project, Earth Metrics, prepared for city of Roseville and state of California Clearinghouse, May, 1989
  21. ^
  22. ^ "Drexel University Leaders consider Major Campus in Placer". Rocklin & Roseville Today. October 24, 2007. Retrieved October 14, 2008. 
  23. ^ City of Roseville, California - Fixed Route
  24. ^ Placer County Transit
  25. ^ U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: EPA calls on Corps to help with 25-year-old disaster
  26. ^ News10: 1 man arrested in Roseville Galleria fire and evacuation
  27. ^ KCRA: Alexander Piggee Sentencing
  28. ^ CBS13: Grand Re-Opening Of Roseville Galleria Set For October 6

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