One of the areas of fastest regional growth is in the city of Folsom. Shown here are homes in the Empire Ranch subdivision.
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The story of Folsom dates back to the great California Gold Rush. But it was also the site of California's first college, the West's first railroad and the first long-distance transmission of electricity in the West.
Today -- with about 52,000 residents -- it is attracting many newcomers and growing fast.
Located north of U.S. Highway 50, east of downtown Sacramento, Folsom has more than 60 antique dealers -- many in the historic district -- making the city one of the oldest and largest antique centers in the West. More than 40 artisans studios, art galleries and working artists are also located in Sacramento. Shopping is easy with large retail centers readily available.
A family oriented community, Folsom recreational activities are headlined by the 18,000-acre Folsom Lake, which has a 120-mile shoreline and offers boating and sailing, fishing, swimming, horseback riding, hiking and camping. The lake is created by a dam across the American River, which is also accessible for hiking, camping and rafting.
A wide variety of homes is available ranging from historic to larger acreages in oak-studded hills.
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