Head northeast on Interstate 80 and you will find yourself in the charming community of Auburn. Located halfway between Sacramento and Tahoe National Forest, this city is perfect for those who love living near the great outdoors but still want to be close to all the amenities a big city has to offer. With a population of more than 13,500 people in an area of around 7 square miles, many California's residents are finding great Auburn apartments for rent in one of the Golden State's most tight-knit communities.
The areas in Northern California were largely inhabited by Native American tribes until the 1840s when the California Gold Rush brought in many settlers, hunters, trappers and fur traders to the region that would become Auburn. Years later, the camp was officially called Auburn. Because it was just below the snow line, many miners settled in the community due to its temperate climate. However, the city saw exponential growth when the Central Pacific Railroad made Auburn one of its stops in 1865.
Around the turn of the century, the Southern Pacific Railroad also came through the area, and the community grew into a bustling transit hub. Once President Eisenhower signed the Federal Highway Bill, Interstate 80 connected Auburn to the Sacramento area, and many residents began to see all of the benefits of living in this thriving community.
According to California's Employment Development Department, the top employers in the Auburn area include the Auburn Area Answering Service, the Placer County Fire Department and the Sheriff Training Center. The top industries in the area include retail trade, sales and office occupations, according to simplyhired.com. Whether you are commuting to nearby Sacramento for work or staying in the city for employment, finding Auburn rentals near Interstate 80 are your best bet for getting to and from work quickly.
One of the colleges near Auburn is Sierra College, a small school that offers classes six days a week for students who may need to take night or online classes. Brandman University is another nearby campus that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. In 2010, this excellent school was deemed one of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report. Although there are several nearby choices for Auburn students, some choose to commute to Sacramento for their education.
California is known for having an expensive lifestyle, but that is not the case in Auburn. Residents here enjoy a cost of living similar to the rest of the country despite all of the great amenities it has to offer, according to city-data.com. The 2009 median gross rent was $942 per month, so Californians can live here affordably.
One of the best places to learn about the history of the Gold Rush and its impact on the Auburn community is at the Gold Country Museum. Here residents can learn about the mining heritage that was such an important part of Auburn's growth and development during the 19th century. Kids and adults can also try their hand at panning for gold in the museum's own indoor stream.
Nearby Tahoe National Forest is part of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and a popular visiting site for locals who enjoy outdoor recreation. Complete with camping facilities, hiking trails that vary in difficulty, rafting and canoeing adventures, this is the perfect destination for the adventurer in you.
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