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 7,030 as of July 1, 2018. 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, 2018.

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Alta Sierra, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 7,030
Population in Households 7,008
Population in Familes 5,978
Population in Group Qrtrs 22
Population Density2 845
Diversity Index3 27


Median Household Income $71,169
Average Household Income $88,160
Per Capita Income $36,247


Total Housing Units 3,093 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,535 (82.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 350 (11.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 208 ( 6.7%)
Median Home Value $381,054
Average Home Value $403,097


Total Households 2,885
Average Household Size 2.43
Family Households 2,141
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 0.21% 0.4%
Households 0.23% 0.39%
Families 0.23% 0.39%
Median Household Income   1.13%
Per Capita Income   1.43%

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, 2018 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 # 574 62nd
Population Density # 813 46th
Diversity Index # 1422 6th
Median Household Income # 516 66th
Per Capita Income # 528 65th

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