El Dorado Hills, California

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Coordinates: 38°41′09″N 121°04′56″W / 38.68583°N 121.08222°W / 38.68583; -121.08222

El Dorado Hills is a census-designated place which encompasses 17.9 square miles (46 km2) of land along the western boundary of El Dorado County, California, as defined for the 2000 Census. Its actual extent is larger. A new definition of the census-designated place was adopted in 2009 for use in the 2010 Census, roughly doubling the area within the El Dorado Hills CDP. This is similar to the area served by the El Dorado Hills Fire Department, about 44 square miles (110 km2), containing a population estimated by the Fire Department to have been 42,078 at the beginning of 2008. Population of the smaller area of the El Dorado Hills Community Services District[1] was 35,276 at the start of 2006. Either measure makes El Dorado Hills the largest community in El Dorado County, with about 4 times the population of the City of Placerville. It is located in El Dorado County 22 miles (35 km) east of California's State Capitol, Sacramento.

El Dorado Hills residents and businesses are most closely affiliated with El Dorado County, a generally rural area. However, El Dorado County is part of the Sacramento Metropolitan Area because it is socially and economically integrated with the much larger Sacramento County and especially the City of Folsom[1].[2] El Dorado Hills, or EDH as it is otherwise known, is recognized nationally for its high median household income, ranking 77th in CNN Money Magazine's best places to live in 2007.[3]



The modern history of El Dorado Hills dates back to the early 1960s when original developer Alan Lindsey began its development as a master planned community. The original master plan, prepared by architect Victor Gruen, covered the area generally north of U.S. Highway 50, and part of the area south of US 50 now considered to be part of the community. El Dorado Hills was envisioned as a large-scale master-planned community that would be completely planned from its inception as a group of residential "villages". Other land uses in the master plan included a business park, two 18-hole golf courses, community parks, schools, a community shopping center, and small commercial centers in each village. The master plan emphasized open space between villages and opportunity for outdoor recreation.

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