Right now I live in Loomis (kinda between Rocklin and Lincoln) and commute to Downtown Sacramento everyday..in rush hour traffic. It is a VERY LONG and hateful drive. I do drive like a speed demon...when I can. Normally it takes about 45-1 hour...on a "normal" heavy morning, its more like 1-1.5 hours. It has taken me more than 2 hours before...and if some idiot gets in an accident (like every damn morning)...its worse. And that's just in the morning. In the afternoon, on the stupid freeway, it could take and HAS TAKEN me more than 4 hours on a day with traffic. I was going to list the really horrific days, but when thinking about them and which to put down, I started laughing, well because, its everyday. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.
I am actually looking for a house to purchase "down the hill" because I can't afford to keep driving to work - I spend about $650+/month just to drive to work and another $200 (and that's discounted because of my employer) for the privelige to park - in an open, unmonitored, uncovered parking lot.
I would really think twice about moving into the area knowing you'll have to commute to Sac. Honestly, Hwy 50 is a much nicer and easier drive. if you don't want to live in Sac, I would suggest something off Hwy 50 or somewhere south of Sac. There are some really nice area's that way and you would be going the opposite way of the traffic. Hope this helps.
North Natomas, Southport and Bridgeport in West Sac would be closest to your new work address, very suburban in nature. Probably less than 15 minutes to your work site.
To the south, Elk Grove has many newer homes, cheap.
Elk Grove puts your commute at about 25 to 30 minutes.
I used to commute from Downtown Sacramento to Citrus Heights (close to Roseville border) in the late 80's.
Back in those days, it only took 14 minutes to make that drive. Nowadays its about 30 minutes and longer during rush hours.
Hey Mie: What I would suggest you do is check the mileage of the areas where you want to live against the commute to your work by entering addresses into Google maps or Mapquest. When I had a listing in Lincoln (Sun City), I drove back and forth between Land Park and Lincoln several times a week. I was happy it sold within a few weeks so I could stop driving out there, to tell you the truth. It always took me at least 45 minutes (without traffic), and I drive like a speed demon.
Commute these days is always of prime concern when talking about the cost of gas. Depending on where in Placer County depends on how long it will take you to arrive in Sacramento. Typically, if you live in Roseville and traveling during the rush hour, it will take about 30-45 minutes. Interstate 80 is well traveled by those who live in Placer County and working in Sacramento so you won't feel alone. There are some great homes in Roseville and Rocklin as well as Lincoln.