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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population12,861
Male Share of the Population43.8%
Female Share of the Population56.2%
Senior Citizens26.8%
Employed Population 16+4,439
Age of the Population48

Families

% of people married33.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher24.6%
Median Earnings25+$26,427
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,653
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,371

Wealth

Median Family Income$40,348
% Above Poverty Level74.5%
% Below Poverty Level25.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work11.5%
% Using Public Transportation1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone45.7%
Median Gross Rent$961
Median House Value$254,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)26.4%
German17%
English15.9%
Irish15.6%
Italian10.9%
French Except Basque4.7%
Scottish3.7%
Polish3%
Norwegian2.9%
Dutch2.1%
Swedish2%
Portuguese1.4%
Welsh1.3%
Danishn1.3%
Ukrainian1%
Finnish1%
US/American0.9%
Swiss0.9%
Russian0.8%
Hungarian0.7%
Canadian0.7%
Czech0.5%
Romanian0.3%
Croatian0.2%
Basque0.2%
Latvian0.2%
Greek0.1%
Albanian0.1%
African0.1%
South African0.1%
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Grass Valley Almanac

CategoryValue
County Nevada County
Standard Zip Codes95945, 95949
Phone Area Codes530
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude39.18
Approximate Longitude-120.98

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)

StationGRASS VALLEY NO 2
Distance1.4 miles
Jan Temp31 to 53 F
Apr Temp39 to 63 F
Jul Temp55 to 87 F
Oct Temp43 to 72 F
Annual Precip53 inches
StationBLUE CANYON
Distance18.9 miles
Jan Temp33 to 45 F
Apr Temp37 to 53 F
Jul Temp58 to 77 F
Oct Temp46 to 62 F
Annual Precip66.3 inches
StationAUBURN
Distance22.1 miles
Jan Temp38 to 54 F
Apr Temp45 to 68 F
Jul Temp63 to 91 F
Oct Temp52 to 76 F
Annual Precip36.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Auburn13,858$75,396
Colfax2,189$46,417
Nevada City3,117$51,038
Wheatland3,617$70,560

Grass Valley Hospitals

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
155 Glasson Way

Grass Valley Public Schools

Union Hill Middle
11638 Colfax Hwy.
ZIP: 94945
Middle
Total Enrollment 132
Bell Hill Academy
342 S. Sch St.
ZIP: 95945
Primary
Total Enrollment 201
Bitney College Preparatory High
135 Joerschke Dr.
ZIP: 95945
High
Total Enrollment 101
Chicago Park Community Charter
15725 Mount Olive Rd.
ZIP: 95945
Primary
Total Enrollment 52
Chicago Park Elementary
15725 Mt. Olive Rd.
ZIP: 95945
Primary
Total Enrollment 121
Grass Valley Charter
225 S. Auburn St.
ZIP: 95945
Primary
Total Enrollment 511
Grass Valley Preschool
10840 Gilmore Way
ZIP: 95945
Lyman Gilmore Middle
10837 Rough And Ready Hwy.
ZIP: 95945
Middle
Total Enrollment 521
Margaret G. Scotten Elementary
10821 Squirrel Creek Rd.
ZIP: 95945
Primary
Total Enrollment 500
Nevada Union High
11761 Ridge Rd.
ZIP: 95945
High
Total Enrollment 1732
North Point Academy
11761 Ridge Rd.
ZIP: 95945
High
Total Enrollment 92
Nu Tech High
11761 Ridge Rd.
ZIP: 95945
High
Total Enrollment 45
Silver Springs High (continuation)
130 Park Ave.
ZIP: 95945
High
Total Enrollment 161
Union Hill Charter Home
11638 Colfax Hwy.
ZIP: 95945
Primary
Total Enrollment 16
Union Hill Elementary
11638 Colfax Hwy.
ZIP: 95945
Primary
Total Enrollment 486
William & Marian Ghidotti High
250 Sierra College Dr.
ZIP: 95945
High
Total Enrollment 158
Alta Sierra Elementary
16607 Annie Dr.
ZIP: 95949
Primary
Total Enrollment 289
Bear River High
11130 Magnolia Rd.
ZIP: 95949
High
Total Enrollment 711
Clear Creek Elementary
17700 Mcct.ney Rd.
ZIP: 95949
Primary
Total Enrollment 149
Cottage Hill Elementary
22600 Kingston Ln.
ZIP: 95949
Primary
Total Enrollment 474
Edge Academy
12338 Mcct.ney Rd.
ZIP: 95949
High
Total Enrollment 2
Inspire
12338 Mcct.ney Rd.
ZIP: 95949
Launch
12338 Mcct.ney Rd.
ZIP: 95949
High
Total Enrollment 9
Magnolia Intermediate
22431 Kingston Ln.
ZIP: 95949
Middle
Total Enrollment 464
Pleasant Ridge Special Education Preschool
22580 Kingston Ln.
ZIP: 95949
Sierra Academy Of Expeditionary Learning
11130 Magnolia Rd.
ZIP: 95949
High
Total Enrollment 65
Sierra Montessori Academy
16229 Duggans Rd.
ZIP: 95949
Primary
Total Enrollment 100

Grass Valley Private Schools

Charis Youth Center
714 W Main St
ZIP: 95945
Secondary
Total Enrollment 20
Mount St Marys Academy
400 S Church St
ZIP: 95945
Elementary
Total Enrollment 142
Christian Encounter High School
17183 Retrac Way
ZIP: 95949
Secondary
Total Enrollment 6
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