Nevada City, California

Nevada City is the county seat of Nevada County, California, United States of America. It is located 97 km northeast of Sacramento, 135 km southwest of Reno, and 237 km northeast of San Francisco. The city has an area of 5.7 square km with 99.83% of land and 0.17% water at an elevation of 755m.

Nevada City is one of the most interesting of California Gold Rush towns. It attracts visitors from far and wide. The entire downtown district in the city is a national historic landmark where guests enjoy quality restaurants, and various fine shops, galleries, boutiques, and museums.

Lake Tahoe near Nevada City
The beautiful Lake Tahoe near Nevada City.

The Population Of Nevada City 

Nevada City, California, was home to 3,100 people with a median age of 52.8 in 2019. The majority of the population of Nevada City are considered White, most of which are considered non-Hispanic, and they represent 83% of the city's population. Two or more races are 8.3% of the population, the Hispanic community at 4.39%, Other at 1.69%, and Black or African American at 1.53%. Nearly all residents in Nevada City are U.S. citizens, and all households speak English as their primary language, with average car ownership of 2 cars per household. As of 2019, 1.18% of Nevada City's residents were born outside the country, and the most common birthplace for foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, followed by the Philippines and China.

The Economy Of Nevada City

Nevada City has a median household income of $42,059. The income inequality in California is higher than the national average at 0.499 (measured by the Gini index). Moreover, males tend to have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females. The economy of Nevada City employs more than one-third of the city's residents. The largest industries in Nevada City are Accommodation & Food Services, Construction, and Health Care & Social Assistance. The highest paying industries are Construction, Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing, and Retail Trade.

Brief History Of Nevada City

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The historic downtown in Nevada City. Editorial credit: Devin Powers / Shutterstock.com

In 1849, Nevada City was first settled during the California Gold Rush. The city's first mine was called The Gold Tunnel on the north side of Deer Creek. Lewis & Son built the city's first sawmill in August 1850. The mill had a water wheel and was located on Deer Creek.

Several major fires occurred in the 1850s and early 1860s. The fires convinced the townspeople to start using more bricks in rebuilding their structures. Civic leaders called the town "Nevada", Spanish for "snow-covered" in 1850.

The years 1850-1851 marked the Nevada City as the state's most important mining town, Nevada County being the state's leading gold-mining county. The town was also home to the first newspaper published in the county, The Nevada Journal, in 1851. The town of Nevada was later on incorporated in 1856. In 1864, the word "city" was added to the name to distinguish it from the nearby state of Nevada that borrowed the name. 

Tourist Attractions In Nevada City

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Skiing near Lake Tahoe.

Tahoe National Forest is one of Nevada City's biggest attractions, and thanks to the iconic Lake Tahoe, it has become a well-known California attraction. Tahoe National Forest covers more than 870,000 acres in total land, and although it covers six counties, the main headquarters for operations of the forest is located in Nevada City. Visitors enjoy the hundreds of beautiful lakes, snowcapped mountains, and many other natural and manmade attractions.

Visitors also come to Nevada City to watch bikers during The Nevada City Classic, one of the most popular professional cycling races in the whole country. Nevada City Classic is also the second oldest race of its kind in the country and is held annually during Father's Day. It used to attract around 1500 spectators during its early years, but now, the race expects over 15,000 spectators every year, making it a major event in the community.

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