About Amador county

About Amador county

Home of the Mother Lode
County Fair in Downtown Plymouth,Calif.

Amador County covers 568 square miles ranging from gently rolling slopes in the west to rugged mountain terrain in the east. Elevations range from 200 to 9,000 feet.

The county seat is the town of Jackson, incorporated in 1905. Other incorporated communities are Amador City, Ione, Plymouth and Sutter Creek. Key state highways through Amador County are Highways 49, stretching generally north-south, and Highway 88 running east-west.

A scenic area with a rich Gold Rush History, Amador County is a favorite tourist destination. It is approximately 45 miles to the east of the cities of Sacramento and Stockton, and also draws tourists from San Francisco, 147 miles to the west, as well as Southern California. Other industries in the county include lumber, mining, and agriculture, including livestock and a booming wine industry.

Amador City

One of California's smallest incorporated cities, Amador City boasts a population of 212. Located on HWY 49, the community was named for the miner Jose Maria Amador, who mined the creek in town in 1848-49. The city encompasses a to

tal of 187 acres, with 30 zoned for residential, 9 for commercial and 3 institutional. There are 131 vacant acres in the city. Total budget of city government is approximately $200,000. The city has a fire rating of 5.


Unlike other communities in Amador County, which were founded on gold mining, Ione was a supply center, stage and rail stop and agricultural hub. The population of the city itself is 2,667 and the city budget is approximately $1,400,000. The city covers 2,830 acres and has a fire insurance rating of 6.

Ione is an amazing little country town with a down home atmosphere. It is good to see the new general plan is working to keep the authenticity of the town with its historic buildings and shops with apts. above like the old days. Also welcoming in the new with a beautiful pro golf course, new fire dept. and many new growth related structures. Keeping the old with the new is their motto. You can walk to school or shops, city hall or the park from your home town home.


The largest city in the county, with a population of 3,877 - Jackson was founded as a gold rush camp in 1848. It was destroyed by fire in 1862 and rebuilt. Many of the existing historic Main Street structures date from that reconstruction era. The city of Jackson covers 1,940 acres, has a total city budget of $3,893,539 and a fire rating of 6.


Located on the northern edge of the county on HWY 49 near the El Dorado County line, Plymouth is the site of the Amador County Fairgrounds and the annual county fair each July. It also features many grape stomping events with the local wineries and of course the Fiddlers Convention. The town was born in 1871. The Empire Store Building is one structure remaining from mining days, along with the Methodist Episcopal Church, the first in the region when it was founded in 1853. The community occupies one square mile, with a population of 832. The city's annual budget is $773,306 and the community has a fire rating of 6.

Sutter Creek

The community is named for famed gold discoverer Capt. John Sutter, whose men found a small forest near there in 1844 overlooking a valley cut by a creek. The historic Main Street, with its original mining-era buildings, has in modern times become a Mecca for tourists who come to enjoy shopping for antiques and staying in the several bed and breakfast inns there. Sutter Creek covers 960 acres, with a population of 2,057. The city reports an annual budget of approximately $150,000 and has a fire rating of 6.

Unincorporated Communities

The most rapid population growth in recent years has been in the unincorporated areas of Amador County, particularly in the "Upcountry" region in and around the communities of Pine Grove and Pioneer. A number of unincorporated towns with rich histories of their own dot the area. These include the communities of Drytown, Fiddletown, Pine Grove and Volcano

Wilton, California

Welcome to beautiful Wilton, California nestled among the stately Valley Oaks of Central California along the Cosumnes River. The rural community of Wilton has long been one of the best kept secrets in the Sacramento area. Once predominantly farm and ranch land, this sleepy community has become home to many seeking the peace and safety of old fashioned country life. Only 20 minutes from downtown Sacramento, 2 hours from San Francisco, 3 hours from the Redwoods of Northern California, and 2 hours from Lake Tahoe, Wilton is centrally located to beaches, Sierra resorts, and all of the amenities of city life such as fine dining, theater, symphonies, and museums.

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