15 miles northeast of
California's capital, the plains of the Sacramento Valley begin their
gradual rolling ascent to the Sierra Nevada foothills. For 19th-century
pioneers, the sight of the gently folded landscape meant they had
arrived at the promised land. The Transcontinental railroad and the
Lincoln Highway later brought new waves of travelers through our area.
Today, Interstate 80, the main transcontinental highway connecting New
York and San Francisco, serves businesses and the 89,000 residents who
call Citrus Heights home.
Becoming a City
Remaining predominantly rural through the 1960s, Citrus Heights began its emergence as a regionally important retail destination in the 1970s with the opening of the Sunrise Mall and Birdcage Walk shopping centers. The seismic stability of Citrus Heights that distinguishes it from much of coastal California, undoubtedly contributed to its growth and maturation. After existence as an unincorporated area of northeastern Sacramento County for nearly 100 years, Citrus Heights became an independent city offering local municipal services in January 1997. Unchanged, however, is our traditional Citrus Heights hospitality.
The City of Citrus Heights is committed to providing high quality, economical, responsive city services to our community.
Citrus Heights will be the city of choice for residents and businesses to prosper and thrive and a model of neighborhood engagement.