Because of it’s natural beauty (including waterways and mountain views), recreational opportunities, high-ranking schools and the industrial growth of Sacramento and Placer Counties, people continue to settle into Orangevale. In the midst of this growth remain many original oak trees, trails, and a unique rural character which express the essential character of Orangevale. Industry continues to grow in Sacramento and Placer Counties, especially in the insurance, medical, retail, and high-technology fields. The continued allure of Orangevale and Sacramento and Placer Counties is an industry-friendly environment. There is easy access to transit, and affordable housing in a very desirable area. Originally Orange Vale Colony, the community began as part of the 1844 Rancho San Juan Mexican land grant. The area was rural and home to numerous orange groves. Oak trees (remnants of which can be seen in the Orangevale Park) were common, as were trails made by Maidu Native Americans many years before. In addition to orange groves, several olive orchards were also once in the area, and some original trees can still be found along Chestnut, Orangevale, Main, and Walnut Avenues. It is located approximately 25 miles (40 km) northeast of Sacramento. The community is known for its rolling hills that offer the best views of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, its foothills, and a rural environment in the middle of a growing metropolitan area. Some residential properties in the area are zoned to accommodate horses and orchards. It has a ZIP Code of 95662.