Placerville is located in the Sierra Nevada foothills where U.S. Route 50 crosses State Route 49. It is the location of three traffic signals along U.S. Route 50, which is otherwise a freeway. Downtown Placerville is about 1,867 feet above sea level, while unincorporated areas of the city range from 1,800 feet to nearly 4,000 feet.According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.8 square miles, over 99% of it land.

The region east of Placerville, popularly known as Apple Hill and Pleasant Valley, is becoming a center for wine production. The wine region is officially designated as the El Dorado AVA. The largest wineries in the area are Boeger, Lava Cap and Madrona, but most of the 30 plus wineries surrounding Placerville are family owned and smaller in wine grape and wine production. The region is "renown[ed] for making vibrantly flavorful, distinctly delicious wines, grown in the dramatic elevations of the Sierra Nevada."  The area is increasingly a center for sophisticated production of Rhone style wines, noted by El Dorado County having a local chapter of the Rhone Rangers winemaker association

Placerville is home to the Mountain Democrat, the oldest continuously published newspaper in California, and Marshall Medical Center.

Placerville has many old buildings from the Gold Rush days.  A walk down Main Street also reveals many historical markers, signifying spots of certain events or persons of importance during this period. Placerville was also on the line of the Pony Express, a short-lived mail carrier service that connected California to the Midwest and East (basically from Sacramento to St. Joseph, Missouri).
Historically, Placerville was often referred to by the name "Hangtown," because of the frequent hangings that occurred in the lawless area. Placerville is home to the legendary dish known as the "Hangtown fry" which includes eggs, bacon, and oysters. There are multiple legends regarding the origin, but all stories agree that Placerville is the place of origin.
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About the Neighborhood

There are community events
Neighbors are friendly
There's holiday spirit
Great for retirees
Car is needed
Easy commutes
Parking is easy
There are sidewalks
Great hospitals
Parks and playgrounds
Lots of wildlife
It's quiet
It's dog friendly
Kids play outside
Great nightlife
Walking / Hiking trails
Apple Hill
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