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Overview

Introduction to Grass Valley, California

Grass Valley, California, in Nevada county, is 34 miles N of Roseville, California and 49 miles NE of Sacramento, California.

Grass Valley History

The Grass Valley history dates back to the times of the California Gold Rush. The city was initially named Centreville when a post office was established here in the year 1851. However, the very next year the name was changed to Grass Valley. The city was officially incorporated in 1860. One of the richest California mines, Empire Mine, is located in this region, and most of the original settlers were actually miners from Cornwall. The Cornish heritage is preserved by the city's residents to this day.

Grass Valley and Nearby Attractions

  • North Star Museum.
  • Veterans Memorial Building.
  • Grass Valley Branch Nevada County Library.
  • Grass Valley City Hall.
  • Alta Hill Reservoir.
  • South Fork Wolf Creek.

Things To Do In Grass Valley

Grass Valley has an interesting history that finds reflection in the various museums, city halls, libraries and other memorial buildings all around the city. There are two picturesque creeks called the Little Wolf Creek and the South Fork Wolf Creek. The Alta Hill Reservoir and the Grass Valley Reservoir are popular tourist destinations in Grass Valley. The city's amusement parks offer excellent entertainment opportunities for adults and kids alike. One can also take a walk through the streets of the city and visit the old-world churches and cemeteries.

Grass Valley Transportation

Air transportation is available from Sacramento International Airport.

Grass Valley Higher Education

Yuba College is the local college.

People

Total Population 12,855
Male Share of the Population 42.5%
Female Share of the Population 57.5%
Senior Citizens 24.7%
Employed Population 16+ 4,514
Age of the Population 46

Families

% of people married 33.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.9%
Median Earnings25+ $24,607
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,402
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,271

Wealth

Median Family Income $38,269
% Above Poverty Level 71.6%
% Below Poverty Level 28.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 6.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8.7%
% Using Public Transportation 1%

Housing

People Living Alone 45.2%
Median Gross Rent $942
Median House Value $243,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 27.2%
US/American 0%
English 15.3%
Irish 16.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Grass Valley Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 34 miles N of Roseville, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 49 miles NE of Sacramento, California
County Nevada
Standard Zip Codes 95945, 95949
Phone Area Codes 530
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.219
Longitude -121.06

Grass Valley Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station GRASS VALLEY NO 2
Distance 1.4 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 53 F
Apr Temp 39 to 63 F
Jul Temp 55 to 87 F
Oct Temp 43 to 72 F
Annual Precip 53 inches
Station BLUE CANYON
Distance 18.9 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 45 F
Apr Temp 37 to 53 F
Jul Temp 58 to 77 F
Oct Temp 46 to 62 F
Annual Precip 66.3 inches
Station AUBURN
Distance 22.1 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 54 F
Apr Temp 45 to 68 F
Jul Temp 63 to 91 F
Oct Temp 52 to 76 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Grass Valley, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Alta Hill (95945)

Bear River Pines (95945)

Boston Ravine (95945)

Glenbrook Heights (95945)

Hills Flat (95945)

La Barr Meadows (95945)

Peardale (95945)

Spring Hill (95945)

Sunset View (95945)

Union Hill (95945)

Willaura Estates (95945)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Auburn 13,785 $73,826
Colfax 2,210 $45,563
Nevada City 3,101 $51,910
Wheatland 3,543 $67,028

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Grass Valley Hospitals

SIERRA NEVADA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
155 GLASSON WAY
(530) 274-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Grass Valley High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

NEVADA UNION HIGH
11761 RIDGE ROAD
530-273-4431
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,698 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.2

BEAR RIVER HIGH
11130 MAGNOLIA ROAD
530-268-3700
Serves 1,131 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.4

CAMPTONVILLE ACADEMY
10094 OLYMPIA PARK RD.
530-478-9458
A Charter School.
Serves 773 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.4

FOREST CHARTER SCHOOL
10094 OLYMPIA PARK ROAD
530-292-9200
A Charter School.
Serves 302 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21

SIERRA FOOTHILL HIGH (CONT.)
140 PARK AVE.
530-272-2635
A Non-traditional School
Serves 194 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.6

BITNEY SPRINGS CHARTER HIGH
12338 MCCOURTNEY RD.
530-477-1235
A Charter School.
Serves 107 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

SIERRA MOUNTAIN HIGH (ALTER)
140 PARK AVE.
530-477-1225
A Non-traditional School
Serves 91 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 60.7

EARLE JAMIESON HIGH
340 BUENA VISTA
530-272-5464
A Non-traditional School
Serves 78 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.5

NEVADA UNION TECHNICAL HIGH (CONT.)
11761 RIDGE ROAD
530-273-4431
A Non-traditional School
Serves 42 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

SILVER SPRINGS HIGH (CONT.)
12338 MCCOURTNEY ROAD
530-272-2632
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 14 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.3

PIONEER HIGH (CONT.)
11130 MAGNOLIA ROAD
530-268-3701
A Non-traditional School
Serves 12 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.1

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