Nevada County is located in the Sierra foothills, the home of California’s Gold Country. Nevada County offers a perfect balance of culture and nature, and is just one hour away from either Lake Tahoe or the state capital in Sacramento, and two and a half hours away from San Francisco.
Nevada County Towns, Activities, and Events
The county’s main towns are easily accessible from Highway 49. Nevada City and Grass Valley are the most popular destinations for both visitors and locals. Both Victorian-era towns are nestled at about 2400 feet in elevation in the Sierra Foothills. Nevada City and Grass Valley are home to numerous galleries, museums, and unique shops. They offer many activities and events year-round, including numerous markets and festivals. Their small town feel is enhanced with a rich cultural life full of art, music, entertainment, live theater, history, and fine dining.
Other Nevada County communities include Penn Valley and Lake Wildwood, a gated community known for golfing and boating.
Living and Working in Nevada County
The county’s unique combination of fresh mountain air, relaxed pace of life, and bustling cultural flair has created an exceptional quality of life. Nicknamed “The Silicon Valley of the Sierras,” the area is home to more than 50 high-tech companies. The county attracts an educated and skilled work-force, ranging from artists and musicians, body-workers and yoga teachers, to software developers and hardware designers.