Grass Valley, CA

Population: 12,861

Key findings

  • Grass Valley has a Livability Score of 62/100, which is considered below average
  • Grass Valley crime rates are 36% higher than the California average
  • Cost of living in Grass Valley is 17% lower than the California average
  • Grass Valley real estate prices are 38% lower than the California average
  • Rental prices in Grass Valley are 26% lower than the California average

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      Not what it used to be....

      My husband and I always camped up in the town of Washington, just outside of Grass Valley. Our family enjoyed many trips and all seasons coming up here from the East Bay Area. Both my husband and I were born and raised in the East Bay, and wanted a slower pace of life, better schools and a smaller community. We literally planned to retire here.
      Fast forward to 2013, he was given a transfer position to the area. We were so excited. I was able to telecommute so it worked out perfectly. Magnolia Middle School was where our daughter began attending and she loved it. She really excelled there! And once she entered Bear River High she really enjoyed it.
      Even though our home is located in south Alta Sierra neighborhood, we have 6+ acres, beautiful custom homes and great neighbors. But after having lived here, we are noticing this idyllic town is no longer what it used to be. Crime is rising, the amount of homeless population is growing, and we’ve lost so many wonderful family owned businesses to the pandemic. In order to do any ‘real’ shopping, it’s always a trip into Auburn, Rocklin or Roseville. There are no home improvement stores here, unless you want to pay a mint to go to Hills Flat Lumber or B&C. No real clothing stores, just boutiques that again, can be expensive. And gas and fast food is noticeably higher here than in Auburn.
      I can say that our home location puts us exactly in the same distance to north Auburn or downtown Grass Valley. However, we cannot get good internet, any type of food delivery or good takeout.
      We have now decided to leave the area (and the state) altogether.
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      Nice City Full Of Diversity

      Living in Grass Valley, CA was a great experience for my family and I. This city falls between Sacarmento and Reno, NV, which is a city full of fun and casinos, we were able to travel back and forth in between cities. We had family in Sacramento and we travel to Reno, NV for fun. For some reason this city has a higher than average cost of living compared to many other cities around California. There is also a wide range of diversity within the city.

      The best places in Grass Valley, CA was the diverse range of restaurants offered. Some of my favorite places were South Pine Cafe service American Traditional Foods, Diego’s Restaurant and Ramen On Main Street. Most of the restaurants are found on or around Main Street. I thought the weather was nice, but some days it was hotter than others and very dry. If you don’t mind the heat than this city is very tolerable.
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      Source: The Grass Valley, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).