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A Tradition of Hospitality
The City of Citrus Heights incorporated on January 1, 1997. Although it may seem as if the City of Citrus Heights is relatively young, the area has a deep-rooted history dating back to the late 1800s and the Gold Rush days. Historic Placques mark various sites in the community that are of historic interest. These are proud and charming chronicles of a rural lifestyle from the mid 1800s to the early 1900s. 15 miles northeast of California's capital, the plains of the Sacramento Valley begin their gradual rolling ascent to the Sierra Nevada foothills. For 19th-century pioneers, the sight of the gently folded landscape meant they had arrived at the promised land. The Transcontinental railroad and the Lincoln Highway later brought new waves of travelers through our area. Today, Interstate 80, the main transcontinental highway connecting New York and San Francisco, serves businesses and the residents who call Citrus Heights home. Remaining predominantly rural through the 1960s, Citrus Heights began its emergence as a regionally important retail destination in the 1970s with the opening of the Sunrise Mall and Birdcage Walk shopping centers. The seismic stability of Citrus Heights that distinguishes it from much of coastal California, undoubtedly contributed to its growth and maturation. After existence as an unincorporated area of northeastern Sacramento County for nearly 100 years, Citrus Heights became an independent city offering local municipal services in January 1997.
Today, Citrus Heights is a unique community in Sacramento County and an easy commute to nearly all major employment zones in the greater Sacramento area. The city has established itself as an important suburb in the 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 change. 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!