El Dorado County has historical significance as home to the gold strike (in Coloma) that set off the California gold rush of the mid-1800s.

Weather in El Dorado County diverges from the snowy highland climate of South Lake Tahoe to the classic Mediterranean climate of wet winters and hot, dry summers of Placerville.

The largest city is Southern Lake Tahoe on the Nevada/California state line. With a population of 21,400 it is notable as a center for outdoor activities on the lake itself and nearby ski areas. Placerville, the historic county seat, is second largest. It is arts-friendly and popular with tourists for its historic town center of restored Gold Rush-era buildings.

Real estate throughout the county is in high demand and it is a seller’s market. Homes tend to have large lots and are well-appointed. The median home value is currently $427,000, and El Dorado County home values continue to rise (4.9% over the past year).

Historically, El Dorado County has had low rates of violent and property crime. Crime rates are rising in recent years no doubt linked to a quickly growing population. However, residents still consider it a relatively safe place to live.

El Dorado Transit runs local service in Placerville and surrounding areas as well as frequent commuter service into Sacramento and Folsom. BlueGo is the transit operator for the South Lake Tahoe area, also running into parts of Nevada.

In terms of recreational activity, El Dorado county is a living history lesson set in stunning natural surroundings that will excite hikers and sports enthusiasts. Preserved rustic mining towns and attractions such as the Gold Bug Park and Mine offer numerous opportunities to pan for gold and re-live the excitement of the gold rush. Natural wonders include the El Dorado National Forest and the justly world-famous ski resorts of Lake Tahoe.

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