Citrus Heights recently celebrated its 15-year Anniversary of Cityhood on January 1, 2012. Although it may seem as if the City of Citrus Heights is relatively young, Citrus Heights area has a deep-rooted history dating back to the late 1800s and the Gold Rush days. Continue reading to learn more about Citrus Heights' past and the future vision of this forward-thinking City.
Citrus Heights, with a population of 83,301 (2010 Census) is a unique established community in Sacramento County. Conveniently located between downtown Sacramento and Roseville, Citrus Heights is an easy commute to nearly all major employment zones in greater Sacramento, including Rancho Cordova, Folsom, Natomas, and South Placer County.
The city has established itself as an important suburb in the Sacramento region with its solid base of small businesses, retail chains, and food service establishments. With an ongoing commitment to providing high-quality, economical, responsive services to the local community, the city is well-positioned for future commercial redevelopment, neighborhood enhancements, and positive changes.
The Citrus Heights community is family friendly with great schools, beautiful parks, a wide offering of youth programs and many community events, in addition to lots of nearby shops and restaurants. Citrus Heights is definitely a great place to live, work and play!
Map of Citrus Heights
Citrus Heights is centrally located between the region's major freeways and highways. Interstate 80, Interstate 5, U.S. Highway 50, and U.S. Highway 99 are all located from three to 11 miles from the city. The Sacramento International Airport is located approximately 20 miles from the city, while rail transportation (Amtrak) is accessible in Roseville (about 10 miles from the city). Public transportation is readily available throughout the city.
Citrus Heights is primarily served by the San Juan Unified School District. San Juan Unified School District serves over 40,000 students from a 75-square mile area in northeast Sacramento County, including Citrus Heights. Within the city of Citrus Heights there are ten elementary schools, one middle school, and two high schools. These schools serve over 7,600 students from the city of Citrus Heights. San Juan Unified School District also offers other educational schools and programs such as a special education centers, adult schools, adult handicapped schools, preschool, and before-and after-school programs. Universities and colleges that serve the area include: University of California, Davis; California State University, Sacramento; American River College; Sierra College; McGeorge School of Law; Lincoln Law School; Golden Gate University; University of Phoenix; and National University.
The City of Citrus Heights employs its own Police Department led by Chief Christopher Boyd. The Departmnet is dedicated to making a difference in Citrus Heights by reducing crime and increasing customer service.
All fire protection services for Citrus Heights residents and businesses are provided by the Sacramento Metro Fire District.
Citrus Heights is characterized as a middle-income suburban community with a median family income of $54,728 for all family sizes. (Source: Sacramento Bee, February 2008).
Within five miles of Citrus Heights, is a population of more than 380,000 people including 148,000 households. Citrus Heights is part of the overall Sacramento Metropolitan area.
Within the city limits are 35,075 housing units (2010 Census). 65% of the city's housing units are primarily single-family units. Last year, there were 1,461 homes sold in Citrus Heights with the average sales price across both zip codes resulting at $183,542. (Source for sales data was Sacramento Bee). Citrus Heights provides an affordable living environment with quality services, central within the Sacramento region.
Citrus Heights has a climate that is characterized by mild winters and dry summers. The area usually has a low humidity. Light rain usually occurs between December and February. The average temperature throughout the year is 61 degrees Fahrenheit, with the daily average ranging from 45 degrees in December and January to 76 degrees in July. Average daily high temperatures range from 53 degrees in December and January to 93 degrees in July. Average daily low temperatures range from 38 degrees to 58 degrees. The average year has 73 days with a high over 90 degrees, with the highest temperature on record being 114 degrees on July 17, 1925, and 18 days when the low drops below 32 degrees, with the coldest one day record being December 11, 1932, at 17 degrees. Typically, Citrus Heights enjoys 268 sunny days throughout the year.
Average yearly precipitation is 22.7 inches, with almost no rain during the summer months, to an average rainfall of 3.7 inches in January. On average, 96 days in the year have fog, mostly in the morning, primarily in December and January.
offers residents close proximity to the legendary recreation and leisure centers of Lake Tahoe
, the Napa Valley
wine country, national parks and seashores. Additionally, Citrus Heights
is located near the major metropolitan area of Sacramento
and within a two-hour drive of San Francisco
. Many residents enjoy basking in the sun while rafting down the Sacramento River, or perhaps lounging on the shores of Folsom Lake - two of the many venues located within a 15-minute drive from Citrus Heights.
Citrus Heights is home to a bustling retail and service industry. Sunrise Mall, has over 100 stores, including major department and specialty stores (Macy's, Sears, JC Penney's, etc.), is located in the center of the city, along with the Sunrise MarketPlace - a growing retail community offering a wide variety of retail, dining, and service establishments (Barnes & Noble, Target, Best Buy, Lowe's Home Improvement, etc.). Citrus Heights also features major discount retail stores such as Costco, Sam's Club, and Wal-Mart.
Citrus Heights features numerous parks and playgrounds which make it an ideal place to spend time with your family. Many recreational activities and programs are offered through the Sunrise Recreation and Park District. The park district may be reached by calling (916) 725-1585. In addition, the city sponsors many free public events throughout the year. Check the Event Calendar for more information.
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In-depth census and demographic information on Citrus Heights can be found by visiting the US Census Bureau's American Factfinder Web site. Information provided includes census definitions and thematic maps. Below is helpful information on navigating the US Census American Factfinder Web site.
- Go to the US Census Bureau's American Fact Finder Web site.
- Click on FACT SHEET in the left hand column.
- At the top of the page in the area labeled To change the geography ï¿½ enter Citrus Heights in the city or town box and select California in the State box. (Do not complete the other fields.)
- Click GO.
Demographic estimates and projections can be found on the Projections and estimates from Sacramento Area Council of Governments SACOG Web site in the SACOG Information Center. This includes census maps that can be downloaded.
The California Finance Department also produces estimates and projections on population. Refer to the Reports and Research Papers.
Lat: 38.67995 (N 38Â°40.797') (N 38Â°40'47.8") (WGS 84 datum) Lon:-121.29892 (W121Â°17.935') (W121Â°17'56.1") (Determined by GPS site visit.)
2010 US Decennial Census; Sacramento Bee, 2007; DQNews.com; and Sperling's www.bestplaces.net Web site.
Last update August 2012.