This small town is home to quaint, locally owned businesses and is incredibly walkable, making a day of shopping easy and fun.

Welcome to Auburn

Picturesque and historic California Gold Rush town
Situated in the picturesque Placer County of Northern California, Auburn is known for being in prime Gold Rush country. This small town is home to quaint, locally owned businesses and is incredibly walkable, making a day of shopping easy and fun. Auburn is strategically placed in the Northern California foothills of the Sierra Nevada near mountains, lakes, rivers, and creeks. Nearby cities are also conveniently accessible, providing big-city amenities within this small town.

What to Love

  • Located in the picturesque foothills of the Sierra Nevada range
  • Placer County Museum 
  • Walkable town
  • Quaint locally-owned businesses

Local Lifestyle

Auburn is a small country town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada range located in gorgeous Northern California. The community is highly walkable and full of small businesses from local entrepreneurs. Thanks to the proximity to mountains and lakes, Auburn is full of adventurous residents who take full advantage of their location in this historic community. The locals enjoy a laidback and casual lifestyle when not venturing out into splendid nature.

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

Auburn is bursting at the seams with wonderful, charming experiences. Locals love Knee Deep Brewing Company, an industrial-styled microbrewery with a spacious tasting room. Food trucks also regularly pop by to serve the patrons. The Auburn Alehouse is a warm and welcoming pub known for its small-batch beers brewed onsite. This pub in Old Town Auburn offers unique twists on classic food, such as short rib tacos and pickle chips. 
For the golf enthusiast pop over to The Ridge Golf Course & Events Center for a round of 18 holes and then for some celebratory food and craft beer stop by Moonraker Brewing Co. which offers a casual, dog-friendly tasting room, and serves delicious bites from local food trucks. Crooked Lane Brewing Company also has various beverages, including IPAs, pilsners, and pale ales. 
Adventure-seekers and nature fans can experience wonderful hiking trails near the gorgeous, vibrant blue Foresthill Bridge. This tall bridge is known for its iconic look and extreme height over the American River. Locals also enjoy the bounties of nature at the Machado Apple Barn, a vibrant produce market that sells fresh and artisanal goods year-round. 

Things to Do

There is no shortage of exciting and unique things to do in Auburn. The end of summer All American Rib Cookoff is among the numerous events that take place yearly. Local teams compete to win the All American Rib Cookoff Champion title as determined by the people and judges. The event also hosts live music events and local breweries. Another local event is the Mountain Mandarin Festival, held every November, celebrating locally-grown mandarins. This festival has live music, food, and fun events for the entire family. 
For those who love history, Old Town Auburn provides several must-see sites. The Old Auburn Post Office is the original post office that was established during the California Gold Rush in the mid-eighteen hundreds. Old Town Auburn is highly walkable and an excellent area to wander around during the weekend. 
The Auburn State Recreation Area runs along the American River and is known for its extensive hiking and running trails, hunting, off-roading, mountain biking, swimming holes, fishing, and whitewater rafting. Visitors can also experience history by partaking in gold panning within the river. Also near the American River is the Mammoth Bar OHV Area, full of easy and more challenging trails for riders. Just south of Auburn at Folsom Lake is Rattlesnake Bar. This campground features trails for hiking and riding both bikes and horses.


Auburn is home to both one of the oldest schools in California and prestigious private schools. These include:

Overview for Auburn, CA

29,930 people live in Auburn, where the median age is 48.5 and the average individual income is $41,460. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

48.5 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Auburn, CA

Auburn has 12,196 households, with an average household size of 2.37. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Auburn do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 29,930 people call Auburn home. The population density is 756.9 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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48.01 / 51.99%

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  • Associate Degree
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Schools in Auburn, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Auburn. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Placer County Pathways Charter
Confluence Continuation High
Placer County Community Schools
St Joseph Catholic School
United Auburn Indian Community Tribal School
Forty-Niner Regional Occupational Program
Skyridge Elementary
Alta Vista Community Charter

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