Pros and Cons of Living in Folsom CA

Last updated 06-05-2020 by Rico Castillo

Though living in Folsom Ca is something you and your family can be proud of and feel safe to live in, it’s not all wines and roses all the time.  There are pros and cons of living in Folsom CA.

In this article, we’ll go through 5 Pros and 5 Cons of living in Folsom.  I’ll also go through a couple of items that are right down the middle - at least for me.  I don’t care.  It could go one way or the other.

Let’s get started.

PROS AND CONS OF LIVING IN FOLSOM CA -  #1

Pros - Family and Kids Friendly - and Pet friendly.  There are lots of parks and activities for kids.  There are plenty of activities for the family.  Just to mention a few:

  • Seaquest, which is a large aquarium and petting zoo.  It’s located in the Palladio Outdoor Mall where you can enjoy snorkeling with the stingrays.
  • Fishing or boating in Folsom lake
  • Kayaking or paddle boarding in Lake Natoma

And there are plenty of restaurants where the entire family can enjoy.

Cons - Air Quality and Allergies

The Folsom area is known, unfortunately, for allergies.  Many of our friends told us that if you don’t have allergies now give it 10 years.  I’m happy to know that I lasted a lot longer than that, but, darn it, I finally did allergies.

It's bad because it is so green here. More trees equals more pollen - unfortunately!

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PROS AND CONS OF LIVING IN FOLSOM CA - #2

Pros - Great Schools

Schools in all levels in Folsom CA are rated in the 9s and 10s by GreatSchools.org.  Folsom High School, rated 10, has won a few State Championships in football and in other sports as well.

Cons - Folsom has grown a lot.  And what comes with growth?  TRAFFIC.  Luckily, Hwy 50 around the 3 exits in Folsom doesn’t get that busy.  However, the streets in Folsom have gotten ridiculous during rush hour. 

GET TO KNOW FOLSOM CA - WHAT'S AROUND THE 3 EXITS OFF OF Hwy 50?

It’s taking longer and longer for me to get around during town during that time.

Sutter Street and the area around the bridges are very busy during the weekends as well.

But more traffic means more business for the local economy!

PROS AND CONS OF LIVING IN FOLSOM CA - #3

Pros - Great neighborhoods.  Of the list of Pros in the pros and cons of living in Folsom CA, this one, I think it #1 in most people’s list. Most people feel safe walking around town.  There are plenty of places to go and meet people to mingle.  As mentioned above, the schools are excellent and shopping is all nearby.  What else could you ask for from a neighborhood.

Cons -  Lack of Diversity.  This is my own observation living here, but I also hear this quite a bit from many people who’ve moved here from the Bay Area - and even people who moved here from Sacramento.

It is getting better and better all the time, so we’re getting there.

PROS AND CONS OF LIVING IN FOLSOM CA - #4

Pros - Lots to do.  Whether you have an active lifestyle or not, there are plenty to do.  Water activities, hiking, biking, walking, arts, theater, sports, skating rink - you name it.  

There are more things to do just outside of Folsom as well.  Redhawk Casino is close by, wineries, apple hill.  Things to do here seem endless.

Cons - Housing is Expensive.  Due to high demand, the housing costs keep rising.  Great neighborhoods, great schools, safety are just some of the reasons why demand to move here is so high.

PROS AND CONS OF LIVING IN FOLSOM CA - #5

Pros - Safe.  The local TV news station, KCRA, had an article that Folsom was the Safest city in Sacramento County.  Several other national sites mentioned it as well and I’m not going to argue with any of them.

Living here, I know that for a fact.

Cons - HEAT.  There are always a couple of days BEFORE Summer that we get a heatwave, then in the summertime, there’s always 2 weeks worth of days, spread out throughout the summer that we get over a hundred degrees.  There are many days that we’re almost at 100 degrees.

The good thing is that it’s dry heat.  It’s not very humid - thank goodness!

PROS AND CONS OF LIVING IN FOLSOM CA - DOWN THE MIDDLE

Those are my 5 pros and cons of living in Folsom CA, but I have a couple items that, to me, are right down the middle.  To some people it could go into one side or the other.

Number !:  The Light Rail.  It’s good that we have an inexpensive way to get around from here to Sacramento.  However, it’s brought some homeless people here as well.  We don’t have a homeless problem here, but I’ve seen them around town.

Number 2:  Lack of Southern or Soul Food restaurants.  Folsom is a healthy town, but once in a while it would be nice to just have some good ol’ fashion Soul Food.  

If there are any around town or close to Folsom, please let me know.  My wife, the boss, and I would love to give it a try!



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