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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A
Grass Valley is a town in California with a population of 12,932. Grass Valley is in Nevada County. Living in Grass Valley offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Grass Valley there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Grass Valley and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Grass Valley are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$305,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,034
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    60%
  • Own
    40%
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Grass Valley Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    422.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    7.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    107.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    622.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,968.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    384.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    8%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    27%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    43%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Grass Valley

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$35,662
National
$55,322

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Grass Valley Reviews

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Grass Valley used to be an amazing place to live and raise a family, but alot has changed in the last 10 years. You dont see people you know anymore. You see transients, law enforcement and migrants. The drug situation is far worse than most will want to admit. The biggest problem is that so many people from the bay area and Sac.have moved to Nevada County recently. Especially the past 5 years have dramatically gotten worse. I am lucky to live in south county outside of town, but the population is growing so fast that i will most likely find property further away from town or move. Its getting destroyed more and more every year, with all the new developments and crap housing projects. Its no longer a hidden gem, unfortunately!
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Grass Valley is where I was born and raised. It's not only a beautiful area, but has plenty of amazingly rich history with miners and just all-around fun Grass Valley quirks. The Del Oro Theater is a *must* as well as Lazy Dog Ice Cream, both in Downtown GV. Sometimes there are a few *interesting* folks here, but what town doesn't have some of those?! It brings the fun in.
Grass Valley has an extremely significant history, and is seen by many as a
home to the rich background of the California Gold Rush. As I have lived here for 17 years, I have seen many ups and downs of the town. In recent years the drug problem has become a serious issue. It has brought along new types of people who are not afraid of the law or breaking it. It causes many of us young women to be afraid to be out after our small town shops close, in fear of the continuous harassment. Despite the unsteady safety of the town after the sun sets, the wilderness has much to offer. There are beautiful places that include the Yuba River, Malacolf Diggens, and the endless amount of hiking trails that wild through the county. The beauty that Grass Valley has to offer overtakes the other negative aspects that can be fixed with more political involvement!