Nevada City, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Nevada City, California - Basic Facts

The City of Nevada City had a population of 3,154 as of July 1, 2018. Nevada City 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 Nevada City is located at latitude 39.2596 and longitude -121.0333 in Nevada County. The formal boundaries for the City of Nevada City (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.19 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Nevada County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 2,477 feet.

The City of Nevada City (GNIS ID: 2411225) 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 Nevada City is located within Nevada City CCD of Nevada County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Nevada City 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 Nevada City: Beer Creek Diggings, Caldwell's Upper Store, Deer Creek Dry Diggins, Nevada.

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Nevada City, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 3,154
Population in Households 2,949
Population in Familes 2,098
Population in Group Qrtrs 205
Population Density2 1,441
Diversity Index3 28


Median Household Income $52,593
Average Household Income $75,929
Per Capita Income $34,221


Total Housing Units 1,556 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 907 (58.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 488 (31.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 161 (10.3%)
Median Home Value $441,571
Average Home Value $453,335


Total Households 1,395
Average Household Size 2.11
Family Households 776
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 0.34% 0.48%
Households 0.34% 0.54%
Families 0.51% 0.56%
Median Household Income   1.16%
Per Capita Income   1.89%

Nevada City, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Nevada City 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 # 774 49th
Population Density # 689 55th
Diversity Index # 1418 6th
Median Household Income # 932 39th
Per Capita Income # 605 60th

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