About El Dorado County, California

El Dorado County
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El Dorado County is a county located in east-central California, stretching across 90 miles of foothills, valleys, and mountain peaks. It has an estimated population of 427,263 as of the 2024 census, with Placerville as its county seat. The county is topographically divided into two zones, with the northeast corner in the Lake Tahoe basin and the remainder of the county in the “western slope,” the area west of Echo Summit. El Dorado County is part of the Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area. The county contains 1,805 square miles, and its western border touches California’s Central Valley, while its eastern boundary meets Nevada high in the Sierra Nevada mountains overlooking Lake Tahoe. Two major highways, U.S. 50 and State Route 49, intersect the county while State Route 88 establishes the county’s southern border with Amador, and Interstate 5 and Interstate 80 are within 25 minutes of El Dorado Hills. El Dorado County is known for its gold rush history, with Coloma as the site of the first discovery of gold in California. El Dorado County is also home to several major residential communities, including El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, and Shingle Springs, which serve as suburban areas to the Sacramento metropolitan area.