Roseville is the largest city in Placer County, California, United States, located in the Sacramento metropolitan area. As of January 1, 2015, the state Department of Finance estimated the city’s population to be 128,382. Interstate 80 runs through Roseville and State Route 65 runs through part of the northern edge of the city.
According to the Roseville Historical Society, in 1864 the Central Pacific Railroad tracks were constructed eastward from Sacramento, and when they crossed a small California Central Railroad line they named the spot “Junction”. Junction eventually became known as Roseville. In 1909, three years after the Southern Pacific Railroad moved its facilities from Rocklin to Roseville, the town became an incorporated city. What followed was a period of expansion, with the community building more than 100 structures, including what was the largest ice manufacturing plant in the world.
The city of Roseville has a variety of businesses. It has encouraged the addition of large retail centers, including one of the largest auto malls in the country. Shopping plays a vital role in the economy of Roseville, which has the thirteenth highest retail sales of all California cities. Roseville is considered a regional shopping destination, with the Westfield Galleria at Roseville being the main shopping center in the city and the second largest shopping mall in Northern California. This environment has produced a mix of housing, small and large employers, as well as shopping opportunities. A popular water park, Roseville Golfland SunSplash, is also located in Roseville.
Roseville lies within the Sierra Community College District. The main campus is located in neighboring Rocklin and there is an extension campus in Roseville titled Roseville Gateway. It offers certificates and associate of arts degrees. Roseville is part of the Roseville City School District, Eureka Union School District, Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District, and Roseville Joint Union High School District. St. Albans Country Day School is an elementary and secondary school in the town. Brandman University, a private non-profit college, has an extension campus in town that offers classes at night and is aimed at working professionals.
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