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Overview

Introduction to South Lake Tahoe, California

South Lake Tahoe, California, in El Dorado County, is 19 miles SW of Carson City, Nevada (center to center) and 85 miles E of Sacramento, California. The city is included in the Sacramento metropolitan area. 

South Lake Tahoe History

South Lake Tahoe boasts a rich and colorful historical past. For centuries, the Washo Indians used to gather on the shores of Lake Tahoe and carry out sacred ceremonies as the considered it to be a spiritual site. In 1844, the American explorers Kit Carson and John Fremont arrived in this area. The tribals used to call the lake "Da-ow-a-ga," or "edge of the Lake," but the Americans mistook it for "Tahoe." In different times, the lake was christened with different names, but Tahoe stuck, and the place was officially given this name in 1945. Initially, the region was known for its rich silver mines, but now the area is a thriving community and a popular tourist destination.

South Lake Tahoe and Nearby Attractions

  • South Lake Tahoe Branch El Dorado County Library.
  • Hope Lutheran Church of the Sierras.
  • Happy Homestead Cemetery.
  • Trout Creek.
  • Upper Truckee River.
  • Timber Cove Marina.

Things To Do In South Lake Tahoe

The cultural and historical heritage of the city is expressed in the memorial buildings, city halls and the county libraries. The magnificent lake city has numerous marinas like the Beachcomer Marina, the Timber Cove Marina, the Lakeside Marina, the Tahoe Keys Marina and the Ski Run Marina. These marinas offer stunning views, as well as some amazing recreational facilities. The city has a charming creek, Trout Creek and the picturesque Upper Truckee River. There are also a number of amusement parks and quaint churches that one can visit. The El Dorado Beach is also nearby.

South Lake Tahoe Transportation

Lake Tahoe Airport serves the area.

South Lake Tahoe Higher Education

Lake Tahoe Community College offers educational opportunities within the city.

Demographics

People

Total Population21,506
Male Share of the Population53.2%
Female Share of the Population46.8%
Senior Citizens13.7%
Employed Population 16+10,143
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married40.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher23.3%
Median Earnings25+$28,467
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,319
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,413

Wealth

Median Family Income$54,400
% Above Poverty Level83.7%
% Below Poverty Level16.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work13.7%
% Using Public Transportation3.6%

Housing

People Living Alone34.7%
Median Gross Rent$892
Median House Value$343,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)44.1%
Irish11.1%
English9.5%
Italian7.1%
French Except Basque4.5%
Polish2.4%
Swedish2.1%
Scottish2%
Norwegian1.9%
Portuguese1.3%
Dutch1.2%
Russian1.2%
Welsh0.9%
Swiss0.7%
Canadian0.7%
Finnish0.6%
Greek0.5%
Danishn0.5%
Lithuanian0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Czech0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Australian0.1%
Arab0.1%
Turkish0.1%
US/American0.1%
Estonian0.1%
African0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Croatian0.1%
German0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Basque0.1%
Iranian0.1%
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South Lake Tahoe Almanac

CategoryValue
County El Dorado County, Alpine County
Standard Zip Codes96150
P.O. Box Zip Codes96152, 96154, 96155, 96156, 96157, 96158, 96151
Phone Area Codes530
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude38.84
Approximate Longitude-120.01

South Lake Tahoe Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationTAHOE VALLEY AP
Distance2.5 miles
Jan Temp15 to 41 F
Apr Temp26 to 53 F
Jul Temp40 to 79 F
Oct Temp26 to 62 F
Annual Precip0 inches
StationGLENBROOK
Distance10.7 miles
Jan Temp24 to 42 F
Apr Temp30 to 54 F
Jul Temp49 to 78 F
Oct Temp37 to 62 F
Annual Precip17.3 inches
StationTAHOE CITY
Distance18.5 miles
Jan Temp20 to 41 F
Apr Temp28 to 51 F
Jul Temp45 to 78 F
Oct Temp32 to 60 F
Annual Precip32.6 inches

South Lake Tahoe Hospitals

Barton Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
2170 South Avenue

South Lake Tahoe Public Schools

Blue Ridge
1041 Al Tahoe Blvd.
ZIP: 95610
Other
Total Enrollment 6
Bijou Community
3501 Spruce Ave.
ZIP: 96150
Primary
Total Enrollment 582
Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet
1095 San Bernardino Ave.
ZIP: 96150
Primary
Total Enrollment 397
Mt. Tallac High
1735 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
ZIP: 96150
High
Total Enrollment 87
Sierra House Elementary
1709 Remington Trail
ZIP: 96150
Primary
Total Enrollment 502
South Tahoe High
1735 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
ZIP: 96150
High
Total Enrollment 984
South Tahoe Middle
2940 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
ZIP: 96150
Middle
Total Enrollment 817
Tahoe Valley Elementary
943 Tahoe Island Dr.
ZIP: 96150
Primary
Total Enrollment 474
Transitional Learning Center (continuation)
1735 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
ZIP: 96150
High
Total Enrollment 38

South Lake Tahoe Private Schools

St Theresa School
1081 Lyons Ave
ZIP: 96150
Elementary
Total Enrollment 119
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