Grass Valley, CA Profile: Facts & Data


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Grass Valley, California - Basic Facts

The City of Grass Valley had a population of 13,201 as of July 1, 2018. 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, 2018.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Grass Valley: Centerville, Centreville.

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Grass Valley, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 13,201
Population in Households 12,769
Population in Familes 8,691
Population in Group Qrtrs 432
Population Density2 2,783
Diversity Index3 37


Median Household Income $35,779
Average Household Income $54,103
Per Capita Income $25,364


Total Housing Units 6,848 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,049 (44.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,194 (46.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 605 ( 8.8%)
Median Home Value $304,331
Average Home Value $344,941


Total Households 6,243
Average Household Size 2.05
Family Households 3,123
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.32% 0.45%
Households 0.33% 0.48%
Families 0.65% 0.47%
Median Household Income   0.7%
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, 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 # 435 71st
Population Density # 501 67th
Diversity Index # 1260 17th
Median Household Income # 1363 10th
Per Capita Income # 977 36th

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