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Grass Valley, California - Basic Facts

The City of Grass Valley had a population of 13,024 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Grass Valley: Centerville, Centreville.

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Grass Valley, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 13,024
Daytime Population: Workers 13,689
Daytime Population: Residents 8,083
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 21,772
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.67
Population in Households 12,587
Population in Familes 8,449
Population in Group Qrtrs 437
Population Density2 2,746
Diversity Index3 37


Median Household Income $35,574
Average Household Income $52,809
Per Capita Income $24,735


Total Housing Units 6,810 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,533 (37.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,610 (53.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 667 ( 9.8%)
Median Home Value $288,699
Average Home Value $337,347


Total Households 6,143
Average Household Size 2.05
Family Households 3,068
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.17% 0.32%
Households 0.15% 0.32%
Families 0.49% 0.3%
Median Household Income   0.02%
Per Capita Income   1.5%

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, 2017 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 Density # 507 67th
Diversity Index # 1250 18th
Median Household Income # 1342 12th
Per Capita Income # 964 36th

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