About Our County
Placer County is a destination for visitors from around the world, but for its local residents, there is a personal sense of how fortunate we are to live, work and play in such beautiful country. From the suburbs of Roseville, Lincoln and Rocklin to the foothills of Auburn, our historic Gold County, the opportunity to enjoy a variety of lifestyles is never-ending. The gem of our county is scenic North Lake Tahoe, known for its beauty, size and clarity, but we also have numerous small towns known for their unique and rich heritage that make up the landscape along Interstate 80, which is something we are also quite proud of in Placer.
If you are an outdoor enthusiast, there is no better place to be than Placer County with its natural lakes, rivers and streams for whitewater rafting and fishing, while also being home to more than one million acres of national forest land filled with trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. We also boast a handful of world-renowned ski resorts making Placer County a year-round destination for winter and summer recreation that attracts more than one million visitors each year.
It’s no wonder we are routinely identified as one of the healthiest counties in California and are consistently ranked as one of the top counties for having the best quality of life in the state. Not only are we happy and healthy, but we are among the best educated with nearly 50% of our residents having achieved an Associate’s degree or higher. We are also economically strong with a median household income of $85,000 and a median home value of $473,000.
Placer County is a great place to live, work and play. We invite you to join us.
Information about Placer County
- 1,506 square miles in size
- 6 incorporated cities and towns
- Auburn is the county seat
- Established as a county in April 1851
- Population in 2019: 390,628
The county has a healthy economy, good schools, safe neighborhoods, beautiful scenery, and lots of recreational opportunities. This information will explain why our county is such a great place to live, work and play.
- City and Community Links
- Contact Us
- County Archives
- Economic Development and Growth
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about our County
- The Placer County Charter
- Placer County History
- Visiting Our County
Placer County Government Vision
To be a county government known for providing exceptional local and regional leadership, that works in partnership with the community to develop creative solutions to the diverse issues facing our region, and bestows to current and future generations even better communities in which to live, raise families, work, vacation, and conduct business.
Placer County Government Mission
To provide responsive, efficient and effective public services that promote the health, safety, well-being and prosperity of our citizens while protecting our environmental resources and preserving the rich heritage of our region.