Folsom is a forward-looking city, a high-tech town, with firms ranging from small to large international corporations. Folsom boasts excellent schools, beautiful family-oriented neighborhoods and outstanding shopping, dining and cultural options. Cycling, boating, skiing, hiking, parks, zoo, shopping and several great happy hour places. It's an amazing city that most visitors end up moving here and making this their home.
The City was incorporated in 1946 was a move that has major significance. Being incorporated allows the City's residents to elect a City Council and to govern themselves. The City's primary governing body is the City Council, made up of five members who are elected at large and serve four years. Each year the council members choose a mayor and vice mayor from their own ranks.
Folsom is Distinctive By Nature, home to natural amenities that provide a year-round playground for recreational enthusiasts on land and water. Folsom Lake, Lake Natoma, and the American River bound the city, hosting kayakers, swimmers and other water sports enthusiasts from around the region. Residents cherish the city’s network of 43+ miles of paved trails, showcasing some of the city’s beautiful assets as they meander through open space, woodlands, wildlife habitats, and along creeks and streams.
The highly-rated Folsom Cordova Unified School District operates 15 schools in the city, including Folsom High School and Vista del Lago High School, both recognized on the Best High Schools list by U.S. News and World Report. Folsom Lake Community College – one of the fastest growing in the country – now features the Harris Center, a regional arts center hosting world-class arts and entertainment.
Folsom’s name is recognizable throughout the world in part due to the prison that Johnny Cash made famous – Folsom State Prison. In 2014, the City opened the Johnny Cash Trail and Bike/Pedestrian bridge overcrossing, which highlights the legacy of the musician and the unique architecture of the prison.
Named the “Best place to raise a family in California,” (WalletHub), Folsom’s residents take great pride in the safety and sense of community that the city provides, and the 72,000 culturally diverse residents range from young families to active retirees.
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