Roseville was first home to Native tribes like the Maidu. When the Gold Rush happened, miners traveled from all over, intending to seek its riches. This led to developments in transportation that made Roseville the city it is today.
Throughout the 2000s, Roseville has been a hotspot for business and industrial development due to its reliable location. Roseville even has a business-centered political action committee of an alliance of business owners to promote local business growth.
The railroad is essential to Roseville’s history and remains a significant employer. The city’s economy is now more focused on business development and preserving energy and the environment. Like many areas in California, Roseville faces severe weather and droughts. The city has worked to establish energy sources like the Roseville Energy Park to power the city more consistently. Some neighborhoods are powered by solar energy throughout Roseville.
The cost of living in Roseville exceeds $2,500 for a single person, meaning a family of four may have to pay over $5,000 for their residence. However, the city has invested in affordable housing initiatives and upgraded older parts of the city. This makes Roseville a relatively inexpensive place for low-income individuals and families. As of 2009, over 2,400 affordable housing units had been built across the city.