Before the discovery of gold in 1848, the peaceful Nisenan Native Americans lived in this region for hundreds of years. Shortly after gold was discovered, Placer County was formed from portions of Sutter and Yuba counties on April 25, 1851; Auburn became the county seat. Placer County’s name comes from the Spanish word for sand or gravel deposits containing gold.
Gold mining was a major industry through the 1880s, but gradually the new residents turned to farming the fertile foothill soil, harvesting timber and working for the Southern Pacific Railroad.
Today, Placer County has one of the fastest growing business communities in California and boasts world class recreational opportunities, available housing from affordable to executive, clean and safe schools and neighborhoods. The choice of rural, urban and suburban living create unique lifestyle opportunities for work and play. (Source: Placer County)
According to the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization (SACTO), a leading facilitator of economic development in the region, hundreds of companies have located to the Sacramento area and have expanded the region, generating billions of dollars of investment.
The Sac Metro Chamber of Commerce has a wealth of information and facts & figures about the greater Sacramento region.