Introduction to Truckee, California

Truckee, California, in Nevada County, is 24 miles SW of Reno, Nevada (center to center) and 87 miles NE of Sacramento, California.

Truckee History

There is a very interesting story behind the naming of this area which is based upon the name of the chief of Paiute tribe, Tru-ki-zo. He was a friendly man who welcomed the first settlers who crossed the Sierra Nevada. He greeted the settlers by saying 'Tro-kay' which is 'hello' in Pauite. This led the settlers to assume that it was his name. Truckee was originally named Colburn Station and developed as a railroad town. It became famous as a tourist destination after the Winter Olympic Games of 1960 were held a short distance away from it.

Truckee and Nearby Attractions

  • Truckee Championship Rodeo.
  • Donner Memorial State Park.
  • Donner Ski Ranch.
  • Tributary Whitewater Tours.
  • Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Things To Do In Truckee

Truckee has breathtaking scenery of mountains. There are many choices when it comes to activities. One can go fishing in the summer and skiing in the winter. In fact visitors love the slopes of Truckee which allow them to zoom smoothly through the snow. Truckee would also interest history enthusiasts with its museums and memorial parks.

Truckee Transportation

The area is served by the Reno/ Tahoe International Airport.

Truckee Higher Education

Educational facilities are provided at the Western Tahoe Community College.


Total Population 16,184
Male Share of the Population 53.2%
Female Share of the Population 46.8%
Senior Citizens 7.6%
Employed Population 16+ 8,648
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 59.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 41%
Median Earnings25+ $38,058
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $29,583
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,829


Median Family Income $87,793
% Above Poverty Level 93.5%
% Below Poverty Level 6.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 9.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%


People Living Alone 26.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,418
Median House Value $462,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 27.7%
US/American 0.4%
English 14.2%
Irish 14.3%

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

Truckee Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 24 miles SW of Reno, Nevada (center to center)
Nearest Large City 87 miles NE of Sacramento, California
County Nevada
Standard Zip Codes 96161
P.O. Box Zip Codes 96160, 96162
Phone Area Codes 530
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.328
Longitude -120.182

Truckee Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.4 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 41 F
Apr Temp 27 to 55 F
Jul Temp 42 to 83 F
Oct Temp 29 to 64 F
Annual Precip 30.8 inches
Distance 2.8 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 40 F
Apr Temp 25 to 52 F
Jul Temp 41 to 79 F
Oct Temp 28 to 62 F
Annual Precip 39 inches
Distance 7.8 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 39 F
Apr Temp 24 to 52 F
Jul Temp 37 to 78 F
Oct Temp 26 to 60 F
Annual Precip 32.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Boca (96161)

Donner (96162)

Donner Lake (96161)

Glenshire (96161)

Hobart Mills (96161)

Northstar (96161)

Prosser Lakeview (96161)

Tahoe Donner (96161)

West Truckee (96162)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Loyalton 890 $42,059

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

Truckee Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
10121 PINE AVE
(530) 587-6011
Emergency Service: Yes

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Truckee High Schools

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Serves 864 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.1

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Serves 514 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

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Serves 66 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22

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Serves 53 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.5

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