Moving to Folsom: 11 Things to Know Before You Go

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Sutter Street in Folsom

Moving to Folsom is something that a number of people consider each year. If you are one of these folks, read on, we did some research and compiled some facts for you.

How big is Folsom?

Folsom has a little over 70,000 residents and is somewhat diverse with about 74% White, 6% African-American, 12% Asian, and 11% Hispanic people. About 60% are married couples and the median household income is approximately $87,000.

How much is housing?

The median home price in Folsom is about $500,000 and the average apartment rent is
approximately $1600. You might find something as low the $300,000-400,000 but there are also many that are much more than that.

Shared living situations, like renting a room in a house or condo, will be less than $1000 per month. Moving to Folsom is probably something that would appeal to someone who couldn’t afford a home in a major city like San Francisco or San Jose, or wanted a larger home in Folsom.

How are the jobs?

Folsom has quite a few very large employers, some of them are:

Folsom Cordova Unified School District
Folsom State Prison
California State Prison
Mercy Hospital of Folsom
California ISO
Micron Technology
City of Folsom

How are the schools?

Folsom’s public schools are rated 9/10 by Great Schools, which is almost a perfect score. Public schools typically have ratings of about 5/10, so Folsom is doing very well educationally, according to that site.

For adults, there is Folsom Lake College, with about 18,000 students. It is a community college with very reasonable tuition for California residents.

Two more community colleges are within about 11 miles of Folsom: Sierra College and American River College.

Within the Sacramento area and the region are Sacramento State University and UC-Davis for 4-year and advanced degrees. Moving to Folsom might be a good idea if you have children who are going to be in public schools and you want to ensure they receive a quality education.

How is the food?

Folsom is a small to medium size city, but it has many restaurants. Some of the top-rated ones are:

Marly and Moo
Samuel Horne’s Tavern

The Fat Rabbit
Le Charenton

Julian’s Patisserie and Cafe
Heckle Alehouse & Eatery
Mystique Dining
The Waffle Experience
Visconti’s Ristorante
The River Thai
Sutter Street Steakhouse
Barnes and Noble Kitchen
Chicago’s Pizza with a Twist
Shogun Sushi Hibachi
Citizen Vine
Gaslight Company

Peach Cafe
Petra Greek
Pho M
Sutter Street Grill
Grist Beer Hall
Sacramento Pizza Company
Land Ocean New American Grill
Back Bistro

Sutter Street Taqueria
Doyle’s Pub and Taproom
The Canyon Grill and Alehouse
Mikuni Japanese Restaurant
Curry Club Indian Bistro
Samratt Indian Cafe and Sweets
The Cellar Wine Bar

La Fiesta Taqueria

Chicago Fire

Pete’s Restaurant Brewhouse
Chang’s Mongolian Grill

Folsom Pizza & Kabob
Lotus 8
Pizzeria Classico
Pronto’s New York Pizzeria
Hisui Sushi

Folsom Palace
Hop Sing Palace
Emperor’s Garden
Hasu Teriyaki & Sushi

Rak Thai Cuisine
Sunny Garden Restaurant

Kanpai Sushi
Nicholson’s Musicafe
Sai Varee Thai Cuisine.

From the food perspective, moving to Folsom is not likely to disappoint, unless you are moving from New York City, Los Angeles, or San Francisco.

Grocery stores

Some of the popular grocery stores in Folsom are:

Trader Joe’s

Winco Foods
Whole Foods

Bel Air
Sprouts Farmers Market
Trinetra Indian Grocery

Are there any parks?

Folsom Kids Play Park
Folsom Lake State Recreation
Lake Natoma
Livermore Community Park
Folsom Dog Park

What are some things to do?

As with the local food scene, Folsom doesn’t disappoint in the number of things to do.
Here are some of the ones most recognized online:

Folsom Valley Railway
Folsom History Museum
Folsom Kid’s Castle Park
Folsom Aquatic Center
Folsom Dam
Museum of Wonder and Delight
Folsom Powerhouse
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
Folsom Prison Museum
Lake Natoma
Folsom City Zoo

American Visions Art Gallery
Sutter Street Pastels
Bad Art

Is there access to nature?

Yes, most immediately, within Folsom is Folsom Lake which is very popular in summer, with thousands upon thousands of visitors. The American River is also close by, and you can go up to Auburn to do things like whitewater rafting, and kayaking.

Another advantage of living in Folsom is that it is only about 120 miles to Yosemite National Park and just 84 to Lake Tahoe. So, if you like the outdoors — particularly mountains and forests — you will probably enjoy the Sierra very much. These places can be visited year-round, but conditions can be very challenging in winter. Moving to Folsom is probably a good bet for someone who wants a blend of some culture with open space.

Are there any places of worship?

There are also a number of churches–here are several:

Journey Church
Disciples Church
Jesus Culture Sacramento
Lakeside Church

Are there fitness centers?

Folsom has quite a few fitness centers if you are interested in fitness.

Folsom Lake Fitness
California Family Fitness
Anytime Fitness

Orangetheory Fitness Folsom
KSV Fitness

9 Round Folsom
Broadstone Racquet Club
Opt-In Fitness
CrossFit Folsom Lake
TrueNorth Cycle
My Gym

Are there yoga studios?

Yes, Folsom has some yoga studios:

Spotted Dog Yoga
Leap Yoga
ZUDA Yoga – Folsom
Art of Living
The Dailey Method

Is there storage in Folsom?

Yes, we operate a storage facility there, and you can ask us any questions you have about storage. Just give us a call at 916.877.9507.

What is near Folsom?

Sacramento — 24 miles
Davis — 35 miles
Lodi — 51 miles
Napa — 82 miles
Lake Tahoe — 84 miles
San Francisco — 108 miles
Santa Rosa — 118 miles

So, after reading all this information, are you still interested in moving to Folsom?

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