|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 - It 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 - As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 3,001
people, 1,313 households, and 740 families residing in the city. The population
density was 549.1/km² (1,425.0/mi²). There were 1,415 housing
units at an average density of 258.9/km² (671.9/mi²). The racial
makeup of the city was 94.27% White, 0.43% African American, 1.37% Native
American, 0.73% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.73% from other races,
and 2.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.47%
of the population. There were 1,313 households out of which 25.4% had children
under the age of 18 living with them, 38.1% were married couples living
together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.6%
were non-families. 35.0% of all households were made up of individuals
and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The
average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.71. In
the city the population was spread out with 19.7% under the age of 18,
7.4% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44,32.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.9%
who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every
100 females there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over,
there were 95.4 males.
• 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.