Alta Sierra, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Alta Sierra, California - Basic Facts

The Alta Sierra Census Designated Place had a population of 6,925 as of July 1, 2016. Alta Sierra ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Alta Sierra is located at latitude 39.1262 and longitude -121.0491 in Nevada County. The formal boundaries for the Alta Sierra Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 8.32 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Nevada County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 2,310 feet.

The Alta Sierra Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2407731) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Alta Sierra Census Designated Place is located within Grass Valley CCD of Nevada County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Alta Sierra population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Alta Sierra, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 6,925
Population in Households 6,904
Population in Familes 5,856
Population in Group Qrtrs 21
Population Density1 832
Diversity Index2 27


Total Households 2,830
Average Household Size 2.44
Family Households 2,101
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 3,065 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,361 (77.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 469 (15.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 235 ( 7.7%)
Median Home Value $341,601
Average Home Value $365,565


Median Household Income $66,948
Average Household Income $83,191
Per Capita Income $34,074
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.03% 0.18%
Households 0.0% 0.15%
Families 0.01% 0.16%
Median Household Income   3.12%
Per Capita Income   2.13%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Alta Sierra, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Alta Sierra to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 572 62nd
Population Density1 # 810 47th
Diversity Index2 # 1420 6th
Median Household Income # 480 68th
Per Capita Income # 474 69th

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