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 1,605 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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


Total Population 1,605
Daytime Population: Workers 348
Daytime Population: Residents 995
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,343
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.84
Population in Households 1,595
Population in Familes 1,297
Population in Group Qrtrs 10
Population Density2 757
Diversity Index3 37


Median Household Income $41,071
Average Household Income $49,670
Per Capita Income $19,355


Total Housing Units 672 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 480 (71.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 142 (21.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 51 ( 7.6%)
Median Home Value $268,651
Average Home Value $227,975


Total Households 621
Average Household Size 2.57
Family Households 431
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 -0.14% 0.04%
Households -0.15% 0.06%
Families -0.06% 0.05%
Median Household Income   0.28%
Per Capita Income   1.32%

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, 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 # 934 38th
Population Density # 841 45th
Diversity Index # 1249 18th
Median Household Income # 1188 22nd
Per Capita Income # 1207 20th

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