Grass Valley, California

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Grass Valley (originally Centreville)[1] is a city in Nevada County, California, United States. The population was 10,922 at the 2006 census.



Grass Valley is located at 39°13′9″N 121°3′30″W / 39.21917°N 121.05833°W / 39.21917; -121.05833 (39.219215, -121.058414).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.1 square miles (10.6 km²), all of it land.


Grass Valley has a Mediterranean climate with warm to hot, dry summers, and wet, rainy winters. Summer is very dry but thunderstorms may occur. The winter rains contribute to a heavy fuel-loading of brush and grass, which dry out during the summer, posing a wildfire hazard.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 10,922 people, 5,016 households, and 2,678 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,660.2 people per square mile (1,026.0/km²). There were 5,266 housing units at an average density of 1,282.6/sq mi (494.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.91% White, 6.56% Hispanic or Latino, 3.71% from two or more races, 1.66% from other races, 1.34% Native American, 1.05% Asian, 0.27% Black or African American and 0.07% Pacific Islander.

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