|Location and Geography - Nevada City is located
in the state of California, county of Nevada, at 39°15'41?N, 121°1'7?W
(39.261435, -121.018602)GR1. According to the United States Census Bureau,
the city has a total area of 5.5 km² (2.1 mi²)1,429/sq mi (545.6/km²)
Nevada City is the county seat of Nevada County, California, USA, 166 miles
(267 km) northeast of San Francisco. In 1900, 3,250 people lived in Nevada
City, California; in 1910, 2,689 lived there. The population was 3,001
at the 2000 census. The name comes from the Spanish word meaning "snow-covered,"
referring to the snow-topped mountains in the area.
History - Nevada City was first settled in 1849, during the California
Gold Rush, under the name Nevada (the "City" was added later to avoid confusion
with the State of Nevada). In 1850-51, it was the most important mining
town in the state, Nevada County being the leading gold-mining county in
the state. Nevada City was incorporated in 1875 and chartered in 1885.
Demographics - According to the 2010 United States Census, Nevada City
had a population of 3,068. The population density was 1,399.7 people per square
mile. The racial makeup of Nevada City was 2,837 (92.5%) White, 26 (0.8%)
African American, 28 (0.9%) Native American, 46 (1.5%) Asian, 0 (0%) Pacific
Islander, 40 (1.3%) from other races, and 91 (0.4%) from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 205 persons (6.7%).
The Census reported that 2,829 people (92.2% of the population) lived in
households, 56 (1.8%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 183
(6.0%) were institutionalized.
There were 1,356 households, out of which 317 (23.4%) had children under the age
of 18 living in them, 510 (37.6%) were opposite-sex married couples living
together, 155 (11.4%) had a female householder with no husband present, 79
(5.8%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 97 (7.2%)
unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 15 (1.1%) same-sex married couples or
partnerships. 488 households (36.0%) were made up of individuals and 168 (12.4%)
had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household
size was 2.09. There were 744 families (54.9% of all households); the average
family size was 2.67.
The population was spread out with 517 people (16.9%) under the age of 18, 199
people (6.5%) aged 18 to 24, 720 people (23.5%) aged 25 to 44, 1,075 people
(35.0%) aged 45 to 64, and 557 people (18.2%) who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 47.5 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.4 males.
For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.8 males.
There were 1,510 housing units at an average density of 688.9 per square mile
(266.0/km²), of which 786 (58.0%) were owner-occupied, and 570 (42.0%) were
occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 3.8%; the rental vacancy
rate was 4.8%. 1,678 people (54.7% of the population) lived in owner-occupied
housing units and 1,151 people (37.5%) lived in rental housing units.
Present and Past
Singer/songwriter Alela Diane is from Nevada City.
Singer/songwriter and ex-Supertramp member Roger Hodgson currently
resides in Nevada City.
Singer/songwriter Adam Kline of the indie-pop outfit Golden Shoulders
is from and currently resides in Nevada
Joanna Newsom grew up in Nevada City, which she claimed to be "swarming
with artists and hippies and old
Folk singer Utah Phillips lived in Nevada City, prior to his death.
Bassist Jennifer Burnes member of the critically acclaimed San Francisco
psychedelic instrumental surf band, The Mermen, is a former resident of Nevada City.