Auburn, California

Auburn is a city in and the county seat of Placer County, California.[10] Its population was 13,330 during the 2010 census. Auburn is known for its California Gold Rush history, and is registered as a California Historical Landmark.[11]

Auburn is part of the Sacramento metropolitan area and is home to the Auburn State Recreation Area, the site of more sporting endurance events than any other place in the world. Examples include the Western States Endurance Run; the Western States Trail Ride, also known as Tevis Cup Equestrian Ride; American River 50 Mile Endurance Run; American River 50 Mile Equestrian Ride; Way Too Cool 50 Kilometer Endurance Run; Auburn International Half-Ironman Triathlon; Auburn Century 100 Mile Bike Ride, Coolest 24 Hour Mountain Bike Race, Rio Del Lago 100 Mile Endurance Run, Sierra Nevada 50 Mile Endurance Run, and the Coolest Run: Ride & Tie.

Auburn, California
City of Auburn
Location of Auburn in Placer County, California.
Location of Auburn in Placer County, California.
Auburn is located in California
Location in California
Auburn is located in the United States
Auburn (the United States)
Auburn is located in North America
Auburn (North America)
Coordinates: 38°53′55″N 121°4′28″W / 38.89861°N 121.07444°WCoordinates: 38°53′55″N 121°4′28″W / 38.89861°N 121.07444°W
CountryUnited States
IncorporatedMay 2, 1888[1]
 • MayorBridget Powers[2]
 • State Senator(vacant)[3]
 • State Assembly[5]Brian Dahle (R) and
Frank Bigelow (R)
 • House of Representatives[6]Doug LaMalfa (R) and
Tom McClintock (R)[4]
 • City7.20 sq mi (18.66 km2)
 • Land7.18 sq mi (18.59 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)  0.38%
Elevation1,227 ft (374 m)
 • City13,330
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,950.26/sq mi (752.99/km2)
 • Metro
est. ~19,500 (including Foresthill, Applegate and Meadow Vista)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific Time Zone)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s)530
FIPS code06-03204
GNIS feature IDs1657964, 2409754
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Auburn, California
Reference no.404


Auburn California courthouse
Placer County Courthouse was constructed between 1894 and 1898.

Archaeological finds place the southwestern border for the prehistoric Martis people in the Auburn area.[12] The indigenous Nisenan, an offshoot of the Maidu, were the first to establish a permanent settlement in the Auburn area.

In the spring of 1848, a group of French gold miners arrived and camped in what would later be known as the Auburn Ravine. This group was on its way to the gold fields in Coloma, California, and it included Francois Gendron, Philibert Courteau, and Claude Chana. The young Chana discovered gold on May 16, 1848. After finding the gold deposits in the soil, the trio decided to stay for more prospecting and mining.

Placer mining in the Auburn area was very good, with the camp first becoming known as the North Fork Dry Diggings. This name was changed to the Woods Dry Diggings, after John S. Wood settled down, built a cabin, and started to mine in the ravine. The area soon developed into a mining camp, and it was officially named Auburn in August 1849. By 1850, the town's population had grown to about 1,500 people, and in 1851, Auburn was chosen as the seat of Placer County. Gold mining operations moved up the ravine to the site of present-day Auburn. In 1865, the Central Pacific Railroad, the western leg of the First Transcontinental Railroad, reached Auburn, as it was being built east from Sacramento toward Ogden, Utah.

The restored Old Town has houses and retail buildings from the middle of the 19th century. The oldest fire station and the Post Office date from the Gold Rush years. Casual gold-mining accessories, as well as American Indian and Chinese artifacts, can also be viewed by visitors at the Placer County Museum. Auburn was the home and birthplace of noted science fiction and fantasy poet and writer Clark A. Smith. A memorial to him is located near Old Town.

In popular culture

The Queen Anne style Old Town Firehouse is a landmark. It originally adjoined a row of commercial buildings (now demolished). It was home to the Auburn Volunteer Fire Department.[13]

The following films were, at least in part, shot in Auburn:[14]


Auburn is home to Placer High School, which is one of the oldest high schools in California.

Local dentist Kenneth H. Fox's colossal sculptures are located throughout the town. The statues chronicle Auburn's history, such as a middle-aged Claude Chana gold panning in the nearby American River, and a Chinese "coolie" worker building the Transcontinental Railroad.


Rolling hills of Auburn, taken near Indian Hill Road.

Auburn is located at 38°53′55″N 121°04′28″W / 38.898671°N 121.074399°W.[15]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.2 square miles (19 km2), of which 0.03 square miles (0.078 km2), or 0.38%, is water.

Auburn is situated in the Northern California foothills of the Sierra Nevada range, approximately 800 vertical feet above the confluence of the North Fork and Middle Fork of the American River. It is located between Sacramento and Reno, Nevada along Interstate 80. Mountainous wilderness canyons and the western slope of the Sierra Nevada lie adjacent eastward, while gentle rolling foothills well-suited for agriculture lie to the west. The crest of the Sierra Nevada lies approximately 45 miles (72 km) eastward, and the Central Valley lies approximately ten miles to the west.


Auburn has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate (Köppen Csa) that is characterized by cool, moist winters and hot, dry summers. Average December temperatures are a maximum of 54.4 °F (12.4 °C) and a minimum of 39 °F (4 °C). Average July temperatures are a maximum of 94.0 °F (34.4 °C) and a minimum of 61.0 °F (16.1 °C). Annually, there are an average of 59.4 days with highs of 90 °F (32 °C) or higher, an average of 7.0 days with 100 °F (38 °C) or higher, and an average of 17.1 days with 32 °F (0 °C) or lower.[16] The record high temperature was 113 °F (45 °C) on July 15, 1972. The record low temperature was 16 °F (−9 °C) on December 9, 1972 and December 7, 2009.[16]

Average annual precipitation is 37.36 inches (949 mm). There are an average of 70 days with measurable precipitation. The wettest year was 1983 with 64.87 inches (1,648 mm) and the driest year was 1976 with 11.76 inches (299 mm). The most precipitation in one month was 23.08 inches (586 mm) in January 1909. The most precipitation in 24 hours was 5.41 inches (137 mm) on October 13, 1962,[16] during the Columbus Day Storm. Snow rarely falls in Auburn; average annual snowfall is only 0.0–1.0 inch (0–25 mm).[16] The most snowfall in one year was 10.7 inches (270 mm) in 1972, including 6.5 inches (170 mm) in January 1972.[17]

Auburn's Köppen classification and climate similarities to locations such as Napa, California and parts of Italy make it a suitable region for growing wine grapes. Auburn and the surrounding areas of Placer County are home to over 20 wineries.[18]

Climate data for Auburn, California
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 75
Average high °F (°C) 53
Daily mean °F (°C) 46
Average low °F (°C) 39
Record low °F (°C) 21
Average precipitation inches (mm) 6.38
Average snowfall inches (cm) 0
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Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201713,997[9]5.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[19]


The 2010 United States Census[20] reported that Auburn had a population of 13,330. The population density was 1,860.2 people per square mile (718.2/km²). The racial makeup of Auburn was 11,863 (89.0%) White, 100 (0.8%) African American, 129 (1.0%) Native American, 240 (1.8%) Asian, 9 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 405 (3.0%) from other races, and 584 (4.4%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1,331 persons (10.0%).

The Census reported that 13,052 people (97.9% of the population) lived in households, 145 (1.1%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 133 (1.0%) were institutionalized.

There were 5,759 households, out of which 1,502 (26.1%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 2,613 (45.4%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 604 (10.5%) had a female householder with no husband present, 257 (4.5%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 352 (6.1%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 33 (0.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 1,845 households (32.0%) were made up of individuals and 801 (13.9%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27. There were 3,474 families (60.3% of all households); the average family size was 2.85.

The population was spread out with 2,645 people (19.8%) under the age of 18, 1,031 people (7.7%) aged 18 to 24, 2,898 people (21.7%) aged 25 to 44, 4,224 people (31.7%) aged 45 to 64, and 2,532 people (19.0%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.4 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.1 males.

There were 6,139 housing units at an average density of 856.7 per square mile (330.8/km²), of which 3,388 (58.8%) were owner-occupied, and 2,371 (41.2%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.0%; the rental vacancy rate was 6.5%. 8,017 people (60.1% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 5,035 people (37.8%) lived in rental housing units.


As of the census[21] of 2000, there were 12,462 people, 5,302 households, and 3,281 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,690.2 people per square mile (652.9/km²). There were 5,457 housing units at an average density of 740.1 per square mile (285.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.4% White, 0.5% Black or African American, 0.8% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.5% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. 6.0% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,302 households out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.1% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the city, the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $58,999, and the median income for a family was $82,250. The per capita income for the city was $36,258.


Auburn is served by Amtrak passenger rail service a few times a day, and its railroad station is the eastern terminus of AMTRAK's Californian Capitol Corridor train. Interstate Highway 80 is the main east-west highway through this area, connecting Sacramento to the west and the Lake Tahoe/Reno areas to the east. This town can be reached through several interchanges on Interstate 80, three of which (exits 118, 119 A through C, and 120) are somewhat within the town limits. California Highway 49 is the main north-south highway through this area. Highway 49 connects Auburn with the towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City to its north, and Placerville to the south.

The Auburn Municipal Airport is located three miles (5 km) north of town, and it is a general aviation airport, only. Auburn owns and operates this airport and an industrial site. The airport site covers 285 acres (1.15 km2) including an 80-acre (320,000 m2) industrial site. This airport has a single 3,700 ft (1,128 m)-long runway.[22][23] Services available there include the usual general aviation ones.[24]

See also



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  2. ^ Elected City Officials | Mayor and City Council Archived April 16, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
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  4. ^ "California's 4th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
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  9. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  10. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  11. ^ "Auburn". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-11.
  12. ^ Brauman, Sharon K. (October 6, 2004). "NORTH FORK PETROGLYPHS". Archived from the original on 2008-07-24. Retrieved August 15, 2008.
  13. ^ Old Town Firehouse, Auburn Chamber of Commerce, Accessed August 1, 2009. Archived August 22, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Placer Tahoe Film Office - Shot in Placer County
  15. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  16. ^ a b c d "National Weather Service - NWS Sacramento". July 21, 2006. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  17. ^ "AUBURN, CALIFORNIA - Climate Summary". Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  18. ^ "Wineries and Tours in Gold Country". Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  19. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  20. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Auburn city". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  21. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  22. ^ City of Auburn. "City of Auburn: Airport and Industrial Park". Archived from the original on September 9, 2009.
  23. ^ City of Auburn. "City of Auburn: About the Airport". Archived from the original on September 9, 2009.
  24. ^ City of Auburn. "City of Auburn: Airport Services". Archived from the original on September 9, 2009.

External links

1959 Little League World Series

The 1959 Little League World Series took place from August 25 through August 29 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Hamtramck National Little League of Hamtramck, Michigan, defeated the West Auburn Little League of Auburn, California, in the championship game of the 13th Little League World Series. Hamtramck became the first team from the United States to win a championship since foreign teams were allowed to participate beginning in 1957. As of 2017, Hamtramck is the only team from Michigan to win the Little League World Series.

This was the first year that the LLWS was played at Howard J. Lamade Stadium. Two-time defending champion Monterrey, Mexico, was ruled ineligible to compete due to violations of player residency requirements.

Auburn Journal

The Auburn Journal is a newspaper based in Auburn, California. The newspaper is owned by Gold Country Media, a division of Brehm Communications.

Auburn State Recreation Area

Auburn State Recreation Area is a state park unit of California, USA, along 40 miles (64 km) of the North and Middle Forks of the American River. The state recreation area (SRA) is situated on the border of Placer and El Dorado Counties in the heart of historic Gold Country. The largest city with close proximity is the city of Auburn. Once teeming with gold mining activity, the area now offers a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. Major recreational uses include trail running, hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, camping, mountain biking, gold panning, horseback riding, road bicycling, and off-highway motorcycle riding. Whitewater recreation is also very popular on both forks of the river, with Class II, III and IV runs. Auburn SRA is also famous for a number of endurance races that are hosted throughout the year.

Auburn station (California)

Auburn station is an Amtrak station in Auburn, California. Located at the corner of Nevada Street and Fulweiler Street, it serves as the northern terminus of the Capitol Corridor line. The station is not staffed. The platform is next to a short spur track off of Track 2 of Union Pacific Railroad's route over Donner Pass. Because of the geography of the city, the Union Pacific's mainline tracks are split, with Track 1 running through the eastern side of the city and Track 2 crossing the western side of the city. The California Zephyr bypasses the city on its route between Roseville and Colfax primarily via Track 1. Auburn became a stop on Amtrak's Capitol Corridor in January 1998. It is served by one round trip per day from Oakland.

Auburn served 13,352 passengers boarding or detraining in fiscal year 2017.

California's 5th State Assembly district

California's 5th State Assembly district is one of 80 California State Assembly districts. It is currently represented by Republican Frank Bigelow of O'Neals.

Chris Kerr (speedway)

Chris Kerr (born 28 June 1984 in Auburn, California, U.S.) is a professional speedway rider in the United States. He is nicknamed "The Tiger" and represented USA in the 2007 Speedway World Cup.

East Auburn, California

East Auburn is a former settlement in Placer County, California. East Auburn is located 1 mile (1.6 km) east of Auburn.The East Auburn post office operated from 1902 to 1919.

Eddie Vanderdoes

Eddie Norman Vanderdoes IV (born October 13, 1994) is an American football defensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at UCLA.

Joe Bailon

Joe Bailon (March 18, 1923 – September 25, 2017) was an American car customizer credited with creating the paint color Candy Apple Red, which eventually led to a full spectrum of candy paint colors, each with a metallic base-coat, a transparent color coat, and a final clear coat.Bailon customized such cars as Zsa Zsa Gabor's Rolls-Royce, Danny Thomas' Continental, Dean Martin's Cadillac station wagon, and Sammy Davis, Jr.'s, Chevrolet Vega wagon. Joe built the Oldsmobile Toronado-powered Panthermobile. He was an inductee of the National Rod & Custom Museum Hall of Fame.

The San Francisco Rod, Custom and Motorcycle Show annually gives the Joe Bailon Elegance Award for the visual appearance of the paint, interior, engine, design, and suspension. The trophy, unique for the award, features a Candy Apple Red apple, painted by Bailon.

Bailon, who grew up in Newcastle, California, as the youngest of ten children, later worked in the Richmond Shipyards prior to fighting in World War II, and thereafter turned to customizing cars. He lived in Auburn, California until his death on September 25, 2017 at the age of 94.

Joseph Walkup

Joseph Walkup, a member of the Democratic Party, was the fifth Lieutenant Governor of California from 1858 to 1860.


KAHI (950 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a news/talk format. Licensed to Auburn, California, United States, the station serves the Sacramento area. The station is currently owned by Immaculate Heart Media, Inc..It broadcasts locally produced programming, Oakland Athletics baseball, Sacramento Kings basketball, San Jose Sharks hockey, Sierra College and local high school football. When not carrying live broadcasts, KAHI carries nationally syndicated talk radio shows.

As of October 2015, the station produced several local programs that aired weekdays, including "The KAHI Morning News with Sarah McCormick" (6 - 9 a.m.), "The KAHI Noon News with Mary Jane Popp" (noon - 1 p.m.), "The KAHI Afternoon News with Casey Freelove" (4 - 6 p.m.) and "Poppoff with Mary Jane Popp" (6 - 7 p.m.). The station's moniker then was "The Voice of the Foothills."


KHYL (101.1 MHz) is an FM radio station serving the Sacramento, California area and broadcasting a classic hip hop radio format. KHYL calls itself V 101.1. It is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. and is licensed to Auburn, California. The station has studios in North Sacramento near the Arden Fair Mall, and its transmitter is near Auburn.

Kane Hodder

Kane Warren Hodder (born April 8, 1954) is an American actor, stuntman, and author.

Hodder is best known for his portrayal of Jason Voorhees (five times) in four films from the Friday the 13th film series: Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, Jason X and the video game Friday the 13th: The Game. He is also known for his role as Victor Crowley in the Hatchet series. He also played Leatherface during the stunts of Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III and Freddy Krueger's clawed glove hand in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday.

North Auburn, California

North Auburn is a census-designated place (CDP) in Placer County, California, United States. It is part of the Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 13,022 at the 2010 census, up from 11,847 at the 2000 census.

Pine Hills Adventist Academy

Pine Hills Adventist Academy is a private Seventh-Day Adventist K-12 Christian school founded in 1941 in Auburn, California. Pine Hills was established in 1941.It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world's second largest Christian school system.

Rip Off Press

Rip Off Press, Inc. is a mail order retailer and distributor, better known as the former publisher of "adult-themed" series like The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers and Rip Off Comix, as well as many other seminal publications from the underground comix era. Founded in 1969 in San Francisco by four friends from Austin, Texas — cartoonists Gilbert Shelton and Jack Jackson, and Fred Todd and Dave Moriaty — Rip Off Press is now run out of Auburn, California, by Todd and his wife.

Rip Off Press is also notable for being the original company to publish the fourth edition of the Principia Discordia, a Discordian religious text written by Gregory Hill and Kerry Thornley. It was also an early publisher of the infamous booklet on drug manufacturing, Psychedelic Chemistry.

Stacy Dragila

Stacy Renée Dragila (née Mikaelson; born 25 March 1971 in Auburn, California) is an American former pole vaulter.

Tomas Arana

Tomas Arana (born Thomas Clifford Arana; April 3, 1955) is an Italian-American actor. He has appeared in films such as The Hunt for Red October, The Bodyguard, L.A. Confidential, Gladiator, and The Dark Knight Rises.

United Auburn Indian Community

The United Auburn Indian Community (UAIC) is a federally recognized Native America tribe consisting mostly of Miwok Indians indigenous to the Sacramento Valley region.

The historic Auburn Rancheria is located in the Sierra Nevada foothills near Auburn, in Placer County, California.

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