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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population16,231
Male Share of the Population52.3%
Female Share of the Population47.7%
Senior Citizens9.3%
Employed Population 16+8,629
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married56.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher44.4%
Median Earnings25+$43,087
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$32,753
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,775

Wealth

Median Family Income$94,587
% Above Poverty Level93.3%
% Below Poverty Level6.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home8.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.8%
% Using Public Transportation0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone26.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,440
Median House Value$492,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)27.4%
German15.8%
Irish12.5%
English12.2%
Italian6.5%
French Except Basque4.2%
Norwegian3.9%
Swedish3.4%
Scottish2.9%
Dutch2.3%
Polish2.1%
Canadian1.6%
Russian1.3%
Portuguese1.2%
Welsh1.1%
Swiss0.8%
Greek0.8%
Romanian0.6%
Finnish0.6%
Ukrainian0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
Lithuanian0.5%
Danishn0.4%
Czech0.3%
Iranian0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Basque0.2%
Arab0.2%
Estonian0.2%
Turkish0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
US/American0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Australian0.1%
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Truckee Almanac

CategoryValue
County Nevada County, Placer County
Standard Zip Codes96161
P.O. Box Zip Codes96160, 96162
Phone Area Codes530
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude39.32
Approximate Longitude-120.18

Truckee Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationTRUCKEE RS
Distance0.4 miles
Jan Temp16 to 41 F
Apr Temp27 to 55 F
Jul Temp42 to 83 F
Oct Temp29 to 64 F
Annual Precip30.8 inches
StationDONNER MEMORIAL ST PK
Distance2.8 miles
Jan Temp14 to 40 F
Apr Temp25 to 52 F
Jul Temp41 to 79 F
Oct Temp28 to 62 F
Annual Precip39 inches
StationSAGEHEN CREEK
Distance7.8 miles
Jan Temp14 to 39 F
Apr Temp24 to 52 F
Jul Temp37 to 78 F
Oct Temp26 to 60 F
Annual Precip32.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Loyalton916$42,446

Truckee Hospitals

Tahoe Forest Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
10121 Pine Street Pob 759

Truckee Public Schools

Alder Creek Middle
10931 Alder Dr.
ZIP: 96161
Middle
Total Enrollment 502
Cold Stream Alternative
11661 Donner Pass Rd.
ZIP: 96161
Other
Total Enrollment 7
Glenshire Elementary
10990 Dorchester
ZIP: 96161
Primary
Total Enrollment 509
Sierra Expeditionary Learning
11603 Donner Pass Rd.
ZIP: 96161
Primary
Total Enrollment 212
Sierra High (continuation)
11661 Donner Pass Rd.
ZIP: 96161
High
Total Enrollment 44
Tahoe Truckee High
11725 Donner Pass Rd.
ZIP: 96161
High
Total Enrollment 657
Truckee Elementary
11911 Donner Pass Rd.
ZIP: 96161
Primary
Total Enrollment 534

Truckee Private Schools

Custom Learning Academy
12710 Northwoods Blvd
ZIP: 96161
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 52
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