Located in the larger Sacramento Metropolitan Area, Roseville is Placer County's largest city with a population of 128,382. The city is conveniently located just off of Interstate 80. It encompasses a number of neighborhoods with single-family homes, and the demographic is largely married couples and families. The city covers a total of 42.26 square miles and includes a number of streams including Linda Creek, Cirby Creek, Dry Creek and Secret Ravine.
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Originally settled as a stagecoach station, Roseville was officially incorporated in 1909 when the Southern Pacific Railroad was officially moved to the city, and it was known as a railroad town for some decades. While the railroad has remained a prominent employer, other employment sectors gained footing when airplanes began to dominate the transportation industry. After the interstate was constructed, the center of town shifted from the historical downtown to the eastern part of the city. Roseville saw a significant boom in population beginning in 1985, as major businesses, like Hewlett Packard and NEC, were established in the area. It now also houses one of the biggest Auto Malls in the United States along with the second biggest shopping mall in Northern California. The area has become an important shopping destination for the region. These and other retail centers are major contributors to the economy and offer convenient shopping to local residents.
During the city's shift from a small railroad town to a booming metropolis, many of its original structures began to decline. However in recent years, there have been significant revitalization projects that have renewed the historical sites. These projects currently include the Washington Boulevard Pedestrian Underpass, the Vernon Streetscape Project, Civic Center Rehabilitation, Historic Old Town, Atlantic Street Beautification and the Riverside Avenue Streetscape Project. Rather than relocating some of the central community organizations, the city chose to revitalize them, which demonstrates the city's dedication to its history. The newly renovated Town Square offers an array of community events with a vast open space and raised stage. There are a number of projects that are scheduled for the future, and the city is embracing its historical landmarks. The city is home to a variety of educational institutions including extension campuses for Sierra College and Sacramento State University. There are also a number of private institutions in the area. Younger students attend school in the Roseville City School District. Roseville is also located within easy access to outdoor activities including hiking, biking, rafting and skiing. The area possesses a hot-summer Mediterranean climate, which includes hot dry summers and moderate winters with some precipitation. Roseville offers a deep rooted history and close community.