Grass Valley, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Grass Valley, California - Basic Facts

The City of Grass Valley had a population of 12,989 as of July 1, 2016. Grass Valley 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 Grass Valley is located at latitude 39.2237 and longitude -121.055 in Nevada County. The formal boundaries for the City of Grass Valley (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.74 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Nevada County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 2,411 feet.

The City of Grass Valley (GNIS ID: 2410651) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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

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

Alternate Unofficial Names for Grass Valley: Centerville, Centreville.

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Grass Valley, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 12,989
Population in Households 12,577
Population in Familes 8,455
Population in Group Qrtrs 412
Population Density1 2,739
Diversity Index2 37


Total Households 6,134
Average Household Size 2.05
Family Households 3,069
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 6,805 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,531 (37.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,603 (52.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 671 ( 9.9%)
Median Home Value $275,670
Average Home Value $322,748


Median Household Income $35,876
Average Household Income $52,902
Per Capita Income $24,783
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.16% 0.28%
Households 0.15% 0.28%
Families 0.57% 0.27%
Median Household Income   1.49%
Per Capita Income   1.61%
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.

Grass Valley, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Grass Valley 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 # 436 71st
Population Density1 # 502 67th
Diversity Index2 # 1256 17th
Median Household Income # 1316 13th
Per Capita Income # 924 39th

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