Why Rocklin is a Great Place to Visit + Call Home
Rocklin is among several family-friendly communities comprising the southern portion of Placer County, just northeast of Sacramento. In its early days in the 1890s, Rocklin held about 30 rock quarries, many of which were cut for street curbing in larger cities, including Sacramento and San Francisco. Today, Rocklin is a thriving suburb of about 60,000 residents and is considered one of the fastest growing cities in California.
Boasting attractions like a 17-acre adventure park, it’s no doubt that Rocklin is a great place to spend the day or an entire weekend. Plus, with a central location, community events, and top-notch schools and colleges, it’s also a wonderful place to call home! Take a look at some of our favorite features of this rocky city.
Rocklin is a haven for families. Don’t believe us? Take SmartAsset’s word for it. After all, Rocklin was ranked #7 on their list of The Best Places to Raise a Family in California in 2017 (and nearby Roseville was at the #1 spot!). Statistically speaking, Rocklin was included for its low crime and family poverty rates, plus the impressive high school graduation rate, median household income, and more. But the city is clearly equipped to accommodate families, with kid-friendly attractions, excellent schools, and an overall family-friendly spirit at local establishments.
Growing in Popularity
Speaking of accolades, Rocklin also topped the charts for population growth. In 2018, you may remember that Sacramento hit a jaw-dropping population of 500,000 for the very first time. But smaller surrounding cities saw significant growth, including Rocklin, which was the fourth fastest-growing city with populations over 30,000. Rocklin reached 66,830, an increase of 3.6 percent compared to the previous year.
It’s clear that people are discovering the allure of this thriving community — and that now is the time to invest in real estate here.
Top-Notch Schools + Colleges
Rocklin Unified School District is renowned for its academic excellence, from preschool all the way through high school graduation. Plus, Rocklin is home to two colleges, William Jessup University and the main campus of Sierra College, which boasts nature trails, a Japanese-style memorial garden, vernal pools and an arboretum.
The new 17-acre Quarry Park, built around Quinn Quarry, is part of Rocklin’s downtown revitalization, offering concerts in its 1,000 seat amphitheater as well as a host of other activities.
Plus, the area is now equipped with a brand new adventure park called Quarry Park Adventures. Situated in a 160-year-old granite quarry, this entertainment destination offers zip lining, obstacle courses, giant swings, lake activities, and much more.
Rocklin is well-known for its expansive planned communities, including Stanford Ranch and Whitney Ranch, in addition to pockets of smaller neighborhoods with their own distinctive character. Springfield at Whitney Oaks is an upscale gated active adult community situated in the northern area of Rocklin.
Local Restaurants + Bars
While Sacramento, Roseville and other cities are certainly within reach for Rocklin residents, there’s plenty to do right in their backyard as well. Rocklin has a variety of local restaurants and bars to choose from. A few favorites include The Chef’s Table, Zest Kitchen, BarnBurner, Koja Kitchen, Boneshaker Public House, Kathrin’s Biergarten, and more.
Rocklin’s central location makes it ideal for those wishing to take advantage of rich and abundant recreational opportunities while still enjoying the amenities of a thriving suburban city. Within a matter of two hours, Rocklin residents may find themselves on the shores of Lake Tahoe to the east or the sands of the Pacific to the west. Plus, Highway 65 links Rocklin to Lincoln, Wheatland, and Yuba City.
Rocklin residents enjoy unparalleled views of the Sierra Nevada and Sutter Buttes, plus endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. The city maintains 36 parks and 200 acres of open space, and Rocklin is only 20 minutes from Folsom Lake, an ideal destination for boating, swimming, fishing and more. Some of the city’s finest parks include Quarry Park, Johnson-Springview Park, Whitney Park, Kathy Lund Community Park, Clarke Dominguez Park, and more.
Use the city’s interactive park finder to explore the many parks in Rocklin.
The city of Rocklin is passionate about fostering a sense of community for residents. They do this through a variety of enrichment and recreational programs, including half marathons, 5K obstacle courses, after-school programs, a thriving farmers’ market, and other regular events. The community farmers’ market meets at the Blue Oaks Center each Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June through October.
While the area maintains an upscale and refined feel, housing in Rocklin remains relatively affordable. With an average sale price of $473,647 (January 2019), homes in Rocklin are typically less expensive per square foot than something you’d find closer to the city. Peruse the variety of homes for sale in Rocklin if you’re convinced about living in this wonderful town just outside Sacramento.
What do you think?
Contact Lyon Real Estate if we can assist you in any way with your move to Rocklin. Our agents deeply understand the community, including the above-mentioned features and the current market trends of the area.