Scenic Surroundings and Small Town Charm in Lincoln, California

Sun City Lincoln Hills is a magnificent active adult community in the Northern California town of Lincoln.
Sun City Lincoln Hills is a magnificent active adult community in the Northern California town of Lincoln.

Active adults who are interested in retiring in the beautiful Northern California area may be interested in the city of Lincoln. This charming city lies just 30 miles northeast of Sacramento at the base of the Sierra Foothills. While Lincoln is growing, the city has retained a small-town feel, particularly in the areas surrounding Historic Downtown Lincoln.


Set in the Placer Valley, Lincoln neighbors several other towns and cities such as Roseville, Rocklin, Loomis, and Newcastle. The city center is located on Highway 65, just a few miles from Interstate 80. This close proximity to I-80 makes it easy to explore Sacramento’s many urban attractions or travel to nearby destinations like San Francisco or Reno, Nevada.


Lincoln’s climate features hot, dry summers and wet but mild winters. Summer days are typically sunny with average temperatures in the mid-90s, though highs can easily climb to over 100 degrees. July and August are the hottest months of the year. Winters have average daytime highs in the mid-50s and nights dropping to the high-30s. The rest of the year offers pleasant days in the 80s, though the autumn months also bring crisp nights and a show of fall foliage.

Lincoln Area

The area surrounding Lincoln was originally settled in the mid-1880s when gold mining was the region’s main industry. Today, the region is a growing center for business and Lincoln’s rapidly growing population has led to many new office buildings, shopping centers, and housing developments. The city has a diverse population, though active adults are often drawn to Lincoln’s small-town charm.

Historic Downtown Lincoln is a popular place for both visitors and local residents. Stretching from First Street to Seventh Street, this picturesque shopping district offers a variety of shops and restaurants. Lincoln also offers lovely settings through its local parks and outdoor recreations.

Seasonal activities in Lincoln bring additional attractions to this growing city. The summer months bring the Lincoln Arts’ free Concerts-in-the-Plaza series, as well as the Thursday night Farmers’ Market in Historic Downtown Lincoln. Each year, Lincoln Arts also puts on a ceramics event known as the Feats of Clay, where local artists compete to have their work displayed in the historic Gladding McBean terra cotta factory.


Active adults who are interested in settling in the area can find several nearby 55+ communities, including Sun City Lincoln Hills. This impressive Del Webb development is the largest active adult community in California. It includes 6,783 homes, two 18-hole golf courses, and numerous social and recreational amenities. Other nearby communities include Sun City Roseville, The Club, and Springfield at Whitney Oaks.

Though Lincoln is a small city, it offers many attractions to active adults, such as a picturesque setting, fun recreations, friendly people, and great communities.

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