Penn Valley, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Penn Valley, California - Basic Facts

The Penn Valley Census Designated Place had a population of 1,603 as of July 1, 2016. Penn 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 Penn Valley is located at latitude 39.1953 and longitude -121.1942 in Nevada County. The formal boundaries for the Penn Valley Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.12 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Nevada County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 1,401 feet.

The Penn Valley Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2409052) 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 Penn Valley Census Designated Place is located within Grass Valley CCD of Nevada County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Penn Valley 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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Penn Valley, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 1,603
Population in Households 1,593
Population in Familes 1,296
Population in Group Qrtrs 10
Population Density1 756
Diversity Index2 37


Total Households 620
Average Household Size 2.57
Family Households 430
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 672 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 478 (71.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 142 (21.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 52 ( 7.7%)
Median Home Value $264,286
Average Home Value $214,226


Median Household Income $43,976
Average Household Income $50,726
Per Capita Income $19,725
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.18% -0.04%
Households -0.2% -0.03%
Families -0.11% 0.05%
Median Household Income   1.41%
Per Capita Income   1.57%
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.

Penn Valley, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Penn 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 # 927 39th
Population Density1 # 839 45th
Diversity Index2 # 1249 18th
Median Household Income # 1086 28th
Per Capita Income # 1157 24th

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