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Grass Valley
Nevada County, California

95945, 95949

Page Contents for Grass Valley, California

Statistics & Facts


Weather & Climate

History & History-related items

City Attractions



Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The California state capital is Sacramento.
The population of Grass Valley is approximately 12,449 (2005), 12860 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 5,266 (2000), 6077 (2010).
The amount of land area in Grass Valley is 9.125 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Grass Valley is 4.1 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Grass Valley to Washington DC is 2498 miles.
The distance to the California state capital is 54 miles. (as the crow flies)
Grass Valley is positioned 39.22 degrees north of the equator and 121.05 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Grass Valley elevation is 2,411 feet above sea level.
Grass Valley per capita income is $ 16,877 (2000).
Grass Valley median income is $ 28,182 (2000).
The Grass Valley median home price is $ 151,300 (2000).
Grass Valley average annual rainfall is 55 inches per year


north and east of Sacramento, north of Interstate 80. Grass Valley is about an hour's drive west to Sacramento and about a 150 miles to San Francisco. It is about 36 miles from Roseville. Other nearby communities include Nevada City, Alta Sierra, Penn Valley, Lake Wildwood, Colfax, Lake of the Pines, Meadow Vista and North Auburn.
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seasonal. Though the weather is mild, all four seasons are experienced here. May to October has beautiful weather with average temperatures from 70 to 90 in the day and in the 50's at night. November through April is the rainy season, but there are no real extremes in weather here. Winter temperatures range from the 30's at night to the 40's and 50's during the day. Snowfall is minimal and doesn't last long when it does fall.
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History & History Related Items

When their starving cattle went off in search of food, the equally hungry immigrants followed them. They were led to the area of Grass Valley and its lush underbrush and growth. They were not aware of the hugely rich quartz deposits that would make Grass Valley the premier gold mining region of the "mother lode" area. None of the mining operations are active today, but the area is still thriving as a recreation and retirement center.

A history page for the Grass Valley area
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The settling of Grass Valley



Nevada County Gold on-line
The official Nevada County Tourism Pages on the Net

Grass Valley Museum
410 S Church St
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Phone: 530-273-5509

North Star Power House and Pelton Wheel Mining Exhibit
At the North Star you will find displays of mining equipment and artifacts from the 1880's awaiting visitors. On display is the largest Pelton Wheel ever constructed and used to generate power for mining operations. You will also see the largest operational Cornish pump.
The museum has a secluded picnic area; just walk across the bridge that crosses Wolf Creek and sit alongside this rushing creek where lunch can be enjoyed at picnic tables.
Mill Street & McCourtney Road
Grass Valley, CA
Phone: (530) 273-4255

Nevada County Fairgrounds
11228 Mccourtney Rd
Grass Valley, CA 95949-7412
Phone: 530-273-6217

Empire Mine State Historic Park/Bourn Cottage
The Empire Mine State Historic Park is the site of the oldest, richest, hardrock gold mine in California. Please call ahead for hours of operation
Information (530) 273-8522

Alta Sierra Biblical Gardens
16343 Auburn Road
Grass Valley CA 95949
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Economy & Industry

Nevada County Economic Resource Council
P.O. Box 515
Grass Valley, California 95945
Phone: (530) 274-8455
Toll-free: (888) 811-4621
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Grass Valley City Government

City of Grass Valley Grass Valley City Clerk
125 E Main St
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Phone: 530-274-4310

Grass Valley has a Mayor/Council/Administrator form of Government. There are five members on the council who are elected at large for four-year terms.


Nevada County website

Grass Valley Chamber

Grass Valley and Nevada County Chamber
248 Mill St
Grass Valley, CA 95945-6712
Phone: 530-273-4667
Toll-free: (800) 655-4667 (Calif. only)
Fax: 530-272-5440 E-mail:

Grass Valley Organizations

Grass Valley and Nevada County Chamber
248 Mill St
Grass Valley, CA 95945-6712
Phone: 530-273-4667
Toll-free: (800) 655-4667 (Calif. only)
Fax: 530-272-5440 E-mail:

Grass Valley Libraries

Grass Valley Public Library
207 Mill St
Grass Valley, CA 95945-6711
Phone: 530-273-4117

Grass Valley Schools

Grass Valley School District
10840 Gilmore Way
Grass Valley, California 95945
Phone: 530-273-4483

Grass Valley School Home Study
225 S Auburn St
Grass Valley, CA 95945-7229
Phone: 530-273-8723

Nevada Joint Union High School District
11645 Ridge Rd
Grass Valley, CA 95945-5024
Phone: 530-273-3351

Nevada County Schools
112 Nevada City Highway
Nevada City, CA 95959
Chicago Park School
15725 Mount Olive Road
Grass Valley, CA 95945 Grass Valley


The population of Grass Valley was:
1990 - 9,048
2000 - 10,922
2005 - 12,449

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