Alta, California

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Population in 2010: 610.
Males: 310  (50.9%)
Females: 300  (49.1%)
Median resident age:

57.1 years
California median age:

37.0 years

Zip codes: 95701, 95714.

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Estimated median household income in 2019: $97,723
Alta:

$97,723
CA:

$80,440

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $47,164

Alta CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $534,700
Alta:

$534,700
CA:

$568,500

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $485,381; detached houses: $484,978

Median gross rent in 2019: $1,545.

March 2019 cost of living index in Alta: 95.5 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 10.1%
(9.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents, 11.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents)

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  • Races in Alta, CA (2019)
    • 48485.1%White alone
    • 376.5%Hispanic
    • 223.9%Asian alone
    • 101.8%Two or more races
    • 40.7%Black alone

Races in Alta detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of California and other state lists, there were 3 registered sex offenders living in Alta, California as of February 07, 2023.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Alta is 153 to 1.


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Ancestries: European (15.5%), German (13.4%), Italian (11.0%), American (6.8%), Irish (4.5%), Polish (2.9%).

Current Local Time: PST time zone

Elevation: 3590 feet

29 residents are foreign born (2.6% Europe).

This place:

5.0%
California:

26.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $3,591 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $1,767 (0.4%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Loomis Basin-Folsom Lake, CA (35.6 miles , pop. 67,397).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Sacramento, CA (57.3 miles , pop. 407,018).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (379.0 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities:

Dutch Flat, CA (1.2 miles),
Colfax-Summit, CA (1.9 miles ),
Washington, CA (3.3 miles),
Colfax, CA (3.3 miles ),
Cedar Ridge, CA (3.4 miles ),
Foresthill-Back Country, CA (3.4 miles ),
Nevada City, CA (3.4 miles ),
Foresthill, CA (3.6 miles )

Latitude: 39.21 N, Longitude: 120.81 W

Area code: 530

Distribution of median household income in Alta, CA in 2019
Distribution of house value in Alta, CA in 2019
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

5.2%
California:

7.9%
Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI NO2 Ozone PM10 PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 111. This is significantly worse than average.

City:

111
U.S.:

74
Nitrogen Dioxide Level

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 3.53. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 13.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

3.53
U.S.:

5.56
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 39.7. This is about average. Closest monitor was 7.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

39.7
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2006 was 16.3. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 10.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

16.3
U.S.:

19.6
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 6.97. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 13.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

6.97
U.S.:

8.46

Earthquake activity:

Alta-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above California state average. It is 7199% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/1906 at 13:12:21, a magnitude 7.9 (7.9 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 144.8 miles away from the city center, causing $524,000,000 total damage
On 10/3/1915 at 06:52:48, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 197.2 miles away from Alta center
On 12/21/1932 at 06:10:09, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK) earthquake occurred 154.5 miles away from the city center
On 10/18/1989 at 00:04:15, a magnitude 7.1 (6.5 MB, 7.1 MS, 6.9 MW, 7.0 ML) earthquake occurred 154.1 miles away from the city center, causing 62 deaths (62 shaking deaths) and 3757 injuries, causing $1,305,032,704 total damage
On 1/31/1922 at 13:17:28, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 271.8 miles away from Alta center
On 4/25/1992 at 18:06:04, a magnitude 7.2 (6.3 MB, 7.1 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.1 MW, Depth: 9.4 mi) earthquake occurred 190.4 miles away from the city center, causing $75,000,000 total damage
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Placer County (17) is near the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Storms: 6, Fires: 4, Landslides: 4, Mudslides: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Drought: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Alta:

  • CRYSTAL RIDGE CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; GRASS VALLEY, CA)
  • SPRING HILL MANOR (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; GRASS VALLEY, CA)
  • GOLDEN EMPIRE CONV HOSP (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; GRASS VALLEY, CA)
  • SIERRA NEVADA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 13 miles away; GRASS VALLEY, CA)
  • WOLF CREEK CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; GRASS VALLEY, CA)
  • SIERRA NEVADA HOME CARE (Home Health Center, about 14 miles away; GRASS VALLEY, CA)
  • OAK PARK NURSING HOME (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; GRASS VALLEY, CA)

Amtrak stations near Alta:

  • 11 miles: COLFAX (CHURCH ST. & SP TRACKS) . Services: partially wheelchair accessible, free short-term parking, free long-term parking.
  • 12 miles: NEVADA CITY (301 SACRAMENTO ST.) - Bus Station . Services: fully wheelchair accessible, public payphones, snack bar, free short-term parking.
  • 14 miles: GRASS VALLEY (125 E. MAIN ST.) - Bus Station . Services: fully wheelchair accessible, public payphones, full-service food facilities, call for taxi service, public transit connection.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Alta:

  • Sierra College (about 36 miles; Rocklin, CA; Full-time enrollment: 11,488)
  • Yuba College (about 40 miles; Marysville, CA; FT enrollment: 4,737)
  • Folsom Lake College (about 42 miles; Folsom, CA; FT enrollment: 5,308)
  • American River College (about 49 miles; Sacramento, CA; FT enrollment: 20,452)
  • Butte College (about 55 miles; Oroville, CA; FT enrollment: 8,649)
  • Western Nevada College (about 55 miles; Carson City, NV; FT enrollment: 2,338)
  • Universal Technical Institute of Northern California Inc (about 55 miles; Sacramento, CA; FT enrollment: 3,193)

Private high school in Alta:

  • ASHWET PATIA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 7, Location: 100 PORTILLO RD, Grades: KG-11)

Public elementary/middle school in Alta:

  • VIVIAN BANKS CHARTER (Students: 59, Location: 11800 PALA MISSION RD., Grades: KG-5, Charter school)
See full list of schools located in Alta

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Alta: Bonny Nook (A), Alta Volunteer Fire Protection District (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Placer County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Alta and their reported violations in the past:

SONS OF NORWAY REC CENTER (Population served: 150, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
Average household size:
This place:

2.5 people
California:

2.9 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

71.1%
Whole state:

68.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

7.9%
Whole state:

7.2%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.4% of all households
16 people in residential treatment centers for adults in 2010

For population 15 years and over in Alta:

Marital status in Alta, CA
  • Never married: 12.4%
  • Now married: 74.1%
  • Separated: 3.1%
  • Widowed: 5.1%
  • Divorced: 5.3%

For population 25 years and over in Alta:

  • High school or higher: 95.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 27.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 11.2%
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.3
California average:

14.9

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Alta, CA (based on Placer County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant58,135153
Catholic51,34212
Other17,46257
Mainline Protestant6,37630
Orthodox4001
None214,717-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 55
Placer County:

1.66 / 10,000 pop.
California:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
This county:

0.06 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.04 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 20
Placer County:

0.60 / 10,000 pop.
California:

0.62 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 74
Placer County:

2.23 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.49 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 299
Here:

9.00 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.42 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

6.7%
California:

7.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Placer County:

17.6%
California:

21.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

14.5%
State:

17.9%

8.57% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($78,750 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.57%
California average:

5.03%

0.07% of residents moved from foreign countries ($417 average AGI)
Placer County:

0.07%
California average:

0.07%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Sacramento County, CA  2.97% ($68,634 average AGI)
from Santa Clara County, CA  0.40% ($125,286)
from Nevada County, CA  0.32% ($65,405)


7.30% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($64,626 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.30%
California average:

5.21%

0.06% of residents moved to foreign countries ($408 average AGI)
Placer County:

0.06%
California average:

0.09%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Sacramento County, CA  2.52% ($54,600 average AGI)
to Nevada County, CA  0.33% ($66,217)
to El Dorado County, CA  0.21% ($78,108)

Strongest AM radio stations in Alta:

  • KNCO (830 AM; 5 kW; GRASS VALLEY, CA; Owner: NEVADA COUNTY BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • KFIA (710 AM; 25 kW; CARMICHAEL, CA; Owner: VISTA BROADCASTING INC.)
  • KFBK (1530 AM; 50 kW; SACRAMENTO, CA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KKOH (780 AM; 50 kW; RENO, NV; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KAHI (950 AM; 10 kW; AUBURN, CA; Owner: IHR EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING)
  • KHTK (1140 AM; 50 kW; SACRAMENTO, CA; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KSTE (650 AM; 25 kW; RANCHO CORDOVA, CA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KCBC (770 AM; 50 kW; RIVERBANK, CA; Owner: KIERTRON, INC.)
  • KLIB (1110 AM; 10 kW; ROSEVILLE, CA; Owner: WAY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KCBS (740 AM; 50 kW; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • KFSG (1690 AM; 10 kW; ROSEVILLE, CA; Owner: WAY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KNBR (680 AM; 50 kW; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: KNBR LICO, INC.)
  • KTRB (860 AM; 50 kW; MODESTO, CA; Owner: PAPPAS RADIO OF CALIFORNIA, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

Strongest FM radio stations in Alta:

  • KVMR (89.5 FM; NEVADA CITY, CA; Owner: NEVADA CITY COMMUNITY BROADCAST GRUP)
  • KLVS (99.3 FM; GRASS VALLEY, CA; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • KNCO-FM (94.1 FM; GRASS VALLEY, CA; Owner: NEVADA COUNTY BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • KTKE (101.5 FM; TRUCKEE, CA; Owner: TRUCKSTER BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KRNO (106.9 FM; INCLINE VILLAGE, NV; Owner: AMERICOM LAS VEGAS LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KODS (103.7 FM; CARNELIAN BAY, CA; Owner: AMERICOM, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KWYL (102.9 FM; SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KXCL (103.9 FM; YUBA CITY, CA; Owner: HARLAN COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KLCA (96.5 FM; TAHOE CITY, CA; Owner: AMERICOM LAS VEGAS LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KKTO (90.5 FM; TAHOE CITY, CA; Owner: CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • KDOT (104.5 FM; RENO, NV; Owner: LOTUS RADIO CORP.)
  • KOZZ-FM (105.7 FM; RENO, NV; Owner: LOTUS RADIO CORP.)
  • KTHX-FM (100.1 FM; DAYTON, NV; Owner: NM LICENSING, LLC)
  • KHGQ (100.3 FM; QUINCY, CA; Owner: KEILY MILLER)
  • KSRN (107.7 FM; KINGS BEACH, CA; Owner: NM LICENSING, LLC)
  • K285EQ (104.9 FM; VERDI, NV; Owner: AMERICOM, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KRCX-FM (99.9 FM; MARYSVILLE, CA; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KBUL-FM (98.1 FM; CARSON CITY, NV; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • K205EJ (88.9 FM; CHESTER, CA; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KNEV (95.5 FM; RENO, NV; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)

TV broadcast stations around Alta:

  • KMMK-LP (Channel 14; SACRAMENTO, CA; Owner: CABALLERO TELEVISION TEXAS, L.L.C.)
  • KEZT-CA (Channel 23; SACRAMENTO, CA; Owner: TELEFUTURA SACRAMENTO LLC)
  • K16CX (Channel 16; GRASS VALLEY, CA; Owner: SIERRA JOINT JR. COLLEGE DISTRICT)

Alta fatal accident list:

Jul 5, 2016 06:05 PM, I-80, Lat: 39.204881, Lon: -120.794469, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 2
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 9Number of bridges
  • 95ft / 29.3mTotal length
  • $2,304,000Total costs
  • 124,138Total average daily traffic
  • 4,761Total average daily truck traffic
  • 84,261Total future (year 2034) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

27 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Alta)

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

6
  • Alta Bonny Nook Rd Fire House (Lat: 39.204056 Lon: -120.808833), Type: Pole, Structure height: 18 m, Call Sign: WPGM860,
    Assigned Frequencies: 154.355 MHz, 158.895 MHz, Grant Date: 11/26/2014, Expiration Date: 02/10/2025, Registrant: County Of Placer, 2809 2nd St, Auburn, CA 95603, Phone: (530) 889-7735, Fax: (530) 886-3342, Email:
  • ALTACDFFFS, 33333 Alta Forestry Rd (Lat: 39.198972 Lon: -120.814972), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 12 m, Overall height: 15 m, Call Sign: KSX42,
    Assigned Frequencies: 159.330 MHz, 159.360 MHz, 159.390 MHz, Grant Date: 02/05/2014, Expiration Date: 04/15/2024, Certifier: Glen S Nash, Registrant: State Of California, 601 Sequoia-Pacific Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95811-0231, Phone: (916) 894-5096, Fax: (916) 894-5392, Email:
  • Drum Power House Forebay (Lat: 39.248778 Lon: -120.753000), Type: Tower, Structure height: 17 m, Overall height: 20 m, Call Sign: KMA639,
    Assigned Frequencies: 158.190 MHz, Grant Date: 06/02/2015, Expiration Date: 07/06/2025, Certifier: Mike Enslow, Registrant: Pacific Gas And Electric Company, 705 P Street, 223b, Fresno, CA 93721-2708, Phone: (559) 263-5631, Fax: (559) 263-5789, Email:
  • Drum Power House Forebay (Lat: 39.248778 Lon: -120.753000), Call Sign: KFW404, Licensee ID: L00007275,
    Assigned Frequencies: 158.130 MHz, Grant Date: 03/20/2001, Expiration Date: 04/19/2011, Cancellation Date: 05/13/2002, Certifier: Roger Gray, Registrant: Pacific Gas And Electric Company, Debtor And Debtor In Possession, Fcc Licensing, Mail Code B22a, San Francisco, CA 94177, Phone: (415) 973-0188, Fax: (415) 973-0468, Email:
  • WHITMOREDOTMS, Dot Mtce Station 180 6km E Baxter (Lat: 39.256583 Lon: -120.731944), Type: Pipe, Structure height: 6.1 m, Overall height: 6.7 m, Call Sign: WPWC506,
    Assigned Frequencies: 859.737 MHz, 814.737 MHz, Grant Date: 08/03/2012, Expiration Date: 10/10/2022, Certifier: Glen S Nash, Registrant: State Of California, 601 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95811-0231, Phone: (916) 894-5102, Fax: (916) 894-5392, Email:
  • EOT ALTA MP 156.3, Lat: 39.206667 Lon: -120.811278, Call Sign: WRDV914,
    Assigned Frequencies: 452.937 MHz, 457.937 MHz, Grant Date: 08/01/2019, Expiration Date: 08/01/2029, Certifier: Thomas J Mcgovern, Registrant: Prokarma, 222 So 15th St. Suite 505n, Omaha, NE 68102, Phone: (402) 522-5068, Fax: (402) 346-6676, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

10 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

18 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Alta)
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Alta, CA
  • 53.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 16.8%Wood
  • 15.3%Electricity
  • 7.9%Utility gas
  • 4.0%Other fuel
  • 2.5%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Alta, CA
  • 58.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 32.3%Wood
  • 9.7%Other fuel


Alta compared to California state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
There are 2 pilots and 1 other airmen in this city.
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