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Grass Valley, California

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Welcome to Grass Valley ...

The city of Grass Valley is located in Nevada County<1>.

A typical abbreviation for Grass Valley: Grass Vly. (or less commonly used: Grass Vally. or Grass Vlly.)

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Grass Valley has a population of 12,838 people<2> (see below for details).

While we don't have a date for the establishment of Grass Valley, you might get a feel for its founding by knowing that they incorporated March 13, 1893.

Grass Valley is 2,440 feet [744 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the elevation of Grass Valley is about ½ mile above sea level.

Time Zone: Grass Valley lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Grass Valley is located in the (530) area code.

The ZIP codes for Grass Valley: 95945, 95949<4>

Websites for Grass Valley ...

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Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Grass Valley had an population of 12,838 people. This is a decrease of 0.17% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 17.54% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Grass Valley had a population of 12,860 people (which is 13.02% of the total population of Nevada County). This makes Grass Valley the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Grass Valley represents 0.03% of the total population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 342nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 12,860 people, the population of Grass Valley increased 17.74% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 10,922 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Grass Valley.

Communities Also Named Grass Valley ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 3 communities that are also named Grass Valley - they are located in Montana, Nevada and Oregon.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Grass Valley.

Communities near Grass Valley ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Grass Valley.

  • Colfax [Placer County]
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    • Colfax [Placer County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the southeast of Grass Valley
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,009 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Colfax
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Colfax<6>
  • Rough and Ready [Nevada County]
  • Alta Sierra [Nevada County]
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    • Alta Sierra [Nevada County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the south of Grass Valley
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alta Sierra have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alta Sierra
  • Blue Tent [Nevada County]
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    • Blue Tent [Nevada County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the northeast of Grass Valley
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  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Chicago Park [Nevada County]
    • Lake Wildwood [Nevada County]
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      • Lake Wildwood [Nevada County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the west of Grass Valley
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake Wildwood
    • Penn Valley [Nevada County]
    • Birchville [Nevada County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Birchville
      • Birchville [Nevada County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the northwest of Grass Valley
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    • Bridgeport [Nevada County]
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      • Bridgeport [Nevada County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the northwest of Grass Valley
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    • Scotts Flat [Nevada County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Scotts Flat
      • Scotts Flat [Nevada County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the northeast of Grass Valley
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To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Grass Valley. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Grass Valley.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Grass Valley. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Grass Valley.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Grass Valley. Our list includes 23 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Grass Valley.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Grass Valley ...

Looking for more information about Grass Valley? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Grass Valley, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Grass Valley.

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including Nevada, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Grass Valley.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Grass Valley - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Grass Valley). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Grass Valley or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Grass Valley) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Grass Valley. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Grass ValleyOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Grass Valley. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2192, Longitude: -121.0621    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






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