Demographics Overview

  • Nevada County offers a rural and small-town lifestyle, while still being located within a convenient distance from urban centers in the Bay Area, Sacramento, and Reno.
  • 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 99,696 in 2018 an is expected to be 101,767 in 2020.
  • The largest universities within proximity of Nevada County, CA are U.C. Davis, Sacramento State and University of Reno.
  • The median property value in Nevada County is $347,000, and the home-ownership rate is 72.4%. Most people commute to work with an average commute time of 22.2 minutes. The average car ownership is 2 cars per household.
  • Nevada County is the 36th most populated county in California and borders Placer County, CA; Sierra County, CA; Yuba County, CA; and Washoe County, NV.
  • 2020-2021 Nevada County Report

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The economy of Nevada County, CA employs 41,473 people. It specializes in Arts, Entertainment, Recreation; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; and Utilities, which employ respectively 1.86; 1.8; and 1.62 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size.

The largest industries in the County are Healthcare & Social Assistance (6,220), Retail trade (4,349), and Construction (3,713), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($87,375), Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($54,134), and Finance & Insurance ($46,167).

Median household income is $56,521.

Median Household Income

Households in Nevada County have a median annual income of $56,521, which is more than the median annual income in the U.S.. The chart shows how the median household income in Nevada County compares to that in it’s parent locations.

Income by Location

In 2015, the census tract with the highest Median Household Income in Nevada County was Census Tract 012.03 with a value of $85,378, followed by Census Tract 012.05 and Census Tract 001.03, with respective values of $85,208 and $70,963.

The map shows all of the census tracts in Nevada County colored by their Median Household Income.

Employment by Occupations

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Nevada County are Management, Business, Science, & Arts, Sales & Office, and Service. This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents.

Employment by Industries

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Nevada County, are Healthcare & Social Assistance, Retail trade, and Construction. This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of the County, though some of these residents may live here and work elsewhere.