El Dorado County began its entrepreneurial spirit with the California Gold Rush, and is still open for business today. With unmatched rural beauty, endless recreational opportunities, and world class public schools, the County provides an unparalleled quality of life.

The County has over 3,000 acres of undeveloped commercially zoned land and access to a regional market of 2.4 million people.  We also have some of the lowest commercial traffic impact mitigation fees in the Region.

Want to go mountain biking, then hold a business meeting? You can do that in El Dorado County with ease. Add an environment with sunlight 70% of the year, and you have a business and lifestyle package found in few other places. 

Geographic Location

El Dorado County is part of the six-county Sacramento Region, one of the fastest-growing regions in California.

Above the fog and the floods, the County encompasses 1,786 square miles that range from the eastern edge of the Sacramento Valley to the peaks of the Sierra Nevadas. 

Our western border is 30 minutes from the State Capital and only 20 minutes away from over 1 million acres of breathtaking national forest with abundant opportunities to relax and play. 

The County is less than 1 hour from the Sacramento International Airport, 2 research universities, and is bisected by Highway 50, which provides quick access to 3 interstate highways.  We are also just 2 hours from the San Francisco Bay.

El Dorado County enjoys an economy as diverse as its landscape.  A recent county-wide analysis concluded that major employment sectors with room for growth include:  Health & Social Services; Accommodation & Food Services; Retail Trade; Construction; Administration & Waste Services; Finance & Industry; Manufacturing; and Arts, Entertainment & Recreation.

Quality of Life

From anywhere in the County, an hour’s drive will allow you to ski, hike, bike, raft, rock climb, enjoy wine tasting, and stroll historic downtown Placerville. Our Lake Tahoe region has hosted the Winter Olympics, and our Rubicon Trail is internationally renowned - no wonder El Dorado County is currently ranked the 15th healthiest county in California. 

Low traffic - In contrast to the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California and Sacramento, El Dorado County has very low traffic congestion. Spend more time growing your business and living your life instead of sitting in traffic!

Housing - El Dorado County offers a variety of housing options from multifamily, rural ranches, downtown living in Placerville, and executive estates.  We've got it all! 

Work from home opportunities - Our updated zoning ordinance allows for operating a business from home and even allows for employees depending upon parcel size. And, our progressive Winery and Ranch Marketing ordinances encourage appropriate commercial uses on our rural lands beyond what any other surrounding jurisdiction offers.  Contact the County for more information.


With five developed business parks, and land available along the Highway 50 corridor, El Dorado County can accommodate a variety of business locations / expansions. The County also offers two municipal airports.