With just under 100,000 residents, Nevada County is the 36th most populous county in California. The population grew from 92,053 in 2000 to 98,764 in 2010 and now totals 99,107. In the decade from 2000 to 2010, Nevada County population grew by 7%, considerably less than the 40% growth in Placer and 20% in Yuba counties. In the past 6 years, all of the comparison counties have seen significantly less growth than in the previous decade.

Population

Ethnicity

Total Pop 2015 %  Pop Change 2010-2015 65 Yrs and Older  

White

Hispanic or Latino Asian African American American Indian & Alaska Native Other

Nevada

98,877

0.1% 23% 86% 9% 1% 1% 1%

2%

Butte

225,411

2.5% 17% 74% 16% 5% 2% 2%

1%

El Dorado

184,452

1.9% 18% 79% 13% 4% 1% 1%

2%

Mendocino

87,452

-0.2% 19% 66% 24% 2% 1% 6% 1%
Napa 142,456 4.3% 17% 54% 34% 8% 2% 1%

1%

Placer

375,391 7.7% 18% 74% 14% 7% 2% 1%

2%

Sutter

96,463 1.8% 15% 48% 30% 16% 3% 2%

1%

Tehama

63,308 -0.2% 18% 70% 24% 1% 1% 3%

1%

Yuba

74,492 3.2% 11% 57% 27% 7% 4% 3%

2%

Compared to its surrounding counties, Nevada County has the highest percentage of residents over 65 years of age, and also has less ethic variation. There are fewer residents under the age of 30 n Nevada County (29%) than statewide (41%). In years past, the economic downturn accelerated the trend towards an older population as higher unemployment rates, typical of the “Great Recession,” caused younger people with families to seek employment in urban areas. With the recent improvement in our unemployment and economic status, the attractiveness of this area as a great place for young families is on the increase.

Education

Income Data