Incorporated in 1946, Folsom has experienced a steady population growth, largely due to excellent job opportunities, outstanding residential neighborhoods and diverse recreational amenities. Currently, the City has 65,243 residents (72,203 including prison inmates). Folsom is conveniently located 20 miles east of California's state capitol in Sacramento and about halfway between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. Situated on U.S. Highway 50, Folsom is 40 minutes from Sacramento International Airport and even closer to Mather Air Cargo/General Aviation airport. A regional light rail system provides service between Folsom and downtown Sacramento.
Folsom is bordered on the north by Folsom Lake, an 18,000-acre, man-made lake that draws more than two million visitors a year. The town also is intersected by a wide stretch of the American River called Lake Natoma, which is ringed by walking, biking, and equestrian trails. Both bodies of water are popular places to sail a boat, catch a fish, or find a quiet, sandy spot to swim or sunbathe. Folsom has miles of preserved wetlands and creeks, also bordered by developed trails, rolling hills, and an abundance of beautiful views.
Because of its location, Folsom is considered a gateway to the Sierra Mountains. The foothill county of El Dorado, famous for its wineries and apple orchards, is just minutes away; South Lake Tahoe, with its gambling casinos, winter ski resorts, and summer recreation, is only 85 miles to the east and San Francisco is approximately 110 miles to the west.
Originally a gold mining town, and the site of the first passenger rail terminal west of the Rockies, Folsom is steeped in a rich and colorful history. The City's Historic District consists of fine homes and historic landmarks from this era, as well as the City's revitalized downtown, now an eclectic collection of antique stores, gift shops, art galleries, and restaurants.