Donner, California

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Population in July 2007: 15,187.
Males: 8,027  (52.9%)
Females: 7,160  (47.1%)
Median resident age:  35.5 years
California median age:  33.3 years

Zip code: 96161

Estimated median household income in 2013: $69,568 (it was $58,170 in 2000)
Donner:

$69,568
CA:

$60,190

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $34,772 (it was $26,735 in 2000)

Donner CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $405,794 (it was $239,700 in 2000)
Donner:

$405,794
CA:

$373,100

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $411,729; Detached houses: $431,060; Townhouses or other attached units: $354,121; In 2-unit structures: $233,031; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $171,492; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $986,503; Mobile homes: $167,529; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $37,063
  • Races in Donner, CA (2000)

    Donner races chart
    • 12,22684.4%White alone
    • 1,79312.4%Hispanic
    • 2141.5%Two or more races
    • 1160.8%Asian alone
    • 670.5%American Indian alone
    • 270.2%Black alone
    • 290.2%Other race alone
    • 200.1%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

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

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Donner: 108.8 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Current Local Time: PST time zone

Elevation: 7020 feet

Land area: 342.7 square miles.

Population density: 44 people per square mile   (very low).

Donner, California map

For population 25 years and over in Donner:

  • High school or higher: 90.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 32.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 8.3%
  • Unemployed: 3.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Donner CCD:

  • Never married: 26.3%
  • Now married: 60.7%
  • Separated: 1.0%
  • Widowed: 2.7%
  • Divorced: 10.3%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Donner CCD:  0.8% ($1,871)
California:  0.8% ($1,564)
Donner satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Reno, NV (26.7 miles , pop. 180,480).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Sacramento, CA (85.1 miles , pop. 407,018).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (379.9 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities: Truckee, CA (2.0 miles ), Kingvale, CA (2.9 miles) , Floriston, CA (3.7 miles) , Carnelian Bay, CA (3.8 miles ), Tahoe Vista, CA (3.8 miles ), Dollar Point, CA (3.9 miles ), Lake Tahoe, CA (3.9 miles ), Kings Beach, CA (4.0 miles ).

Latitude: 39.36 N, Longitude: 120.27 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 530

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.7%
California:

5.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (27%)
  • Accommodation and food services (15%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (5%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (3%)
  • Utilities (3%)
  • Accommodation and food services (14%)
  • Health care (14%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Construction (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Carpenters (7%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (4%)
  • Supervisors of construction and extraction workers (3%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4%)

Work and jobs in Donner: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Donner, California

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Donner-area historical earthquake activity is near California state average. It is 741% greater than the overall U.S. average.

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Nevada County (11) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Landslides: 4, Storms: 4, Fires: 2, Mudslides: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Drought: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Donner:

  • TAHOE FOREST HOSPITAL D/P SNF (Nursing Home, about 5 miles away; TRUCKEE, CA)

Amtrak stations near Donner:

  • 6 miles: TRUCKEE (RAILROAD ST. & COMMERCIAL ROW) . Services: fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, car rental agency, call for taxi service.
  • 6 miles: SODA SPRINGS (DONNER SUMMIT LODGE) - Bus Station . Services: fully wheelchair accessible, public payphones, full-service food facilities, free short-term parking, free long-term parking.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Donner:

  • University of Nevada-Reno (about 28 miles; Reno, NV; Full-time enrollment: 15,092)
  • Western Nevada College (about 29 miles; Carson City, NV; FT enrollment: 2,338)
  • Truckee Meadows Community College (about 30 miles; Reno, NV; FT enrollment: 6,919)
  • Sierra College (about 65 miles; Rocklin, CA; FT enrollment: 11,488)
  • Folsom Lake College (about 67 miles; Folsom, CA; FT enrollment: 5,308)
  • Yuba College (about 70 miles; Marysville, CA; FT enrollment: 4,737)
  • Butte College (about 76 miles; Oroville, CA; FT enrollment: 8,649)

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Notable locations in Donner: Buttes Area Camp (A), Camp Pahatsi (B), Cold Springs Campground (C), Van Norden Campground (D), Upper Alder Creek Picnic Area (E), Splitrock Campground (F), Ridge Campground (G), Ponderosa Golf Course (H), Jim McIvers Memorial Arena (I), Creek Campground (J), Farad Powerhouse (K), Deer Park Recreation Site (L), Donner Summit Recreation Site (M), Soda Springs Ski Area (N), Sagehen Creek Campground (O), English Mountain Ranch (P), Indian Springs Campground (Q), Tahoe Donner Ski Area (R), Donner Summit Ski Area (S), Boreal Ridge Ski Area (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Truckee Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Summit Lake (A), Catfish Lake (B), Lily Pond (C), Warren Lake (D), Wagon Wheel Lake (E), Beyers Lakes (F), Flora Lake (G), Faucherie Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Rivers and creeks: Cold Creek (A), Lower Castle Creek (B), North Creek (C), Subterranean Creek (D), Upper Independence Creek (E), Prosser Creek (F), Toms Creek (G), South Fork Canyon Creek (H), Little Truckee River (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Donner include: Truckee River Regional Park (1), West End Beach Park (2), Donner Memorial State Park (3), Donner Monument (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 63.6. This is about average.

City:

63.6
U.S.:

74.7

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2003 was 0.310. This is about average. Closest monitor was 5.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.310
U.S.:

0.293

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2001 was 7.42. This is about average. Closest monitor was 14.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.42
U.S.:

6.40

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 37.4. This is about average. Closest monitor was 5.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

37.4
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2006 was 29.3. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 5.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

29.3
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 8.24. This is about average. Closest monitor was 5.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.24
U.S.:

9.35
Average household size:
This place:  2.5 people
California:  2.9 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  65.2%
Whole state:  68.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  8.8%
Whole state:  7.2%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

4.7%
Whole state:

14.2%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

1.6%
Whole state:

6.3%
42 people in other noninstitutional facilities in 2010
16 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers in 2010

People in group quarters in Donner in 2000:

  • 33 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 33 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 10 people in other workers' dormitories
  • 3 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.7
California average:

16.1

Donner travel time to work - commute Donner mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Donner CCD (based on Nevada County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant17,52745
Catholic7,9994
Mainline Protestant2,79512
Other2,73226
None67,711-
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: 25
Nevada County:

2.58 / 10,000 pop.
California:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 9
Nevada County:

0.93 / 10,000 pop.
California:

0.62 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 16
Nevada County:

1.65 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.49 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 98
Here:

10.12 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

7.1%
California:

7.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Nevada County:

20.5%
California:

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

13.5%
State:

17.9%

6.62% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($50,561 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.62%
California average:

5.03%

0.06% of residents moved from foreign countries ($364 average AGI)
Nevada County:

0.06%
California average:

0.07%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Placer County, CA  1.03% ($53,635 average AGI)
from Sacramento County, CA  0.46% ($47,071)
from Washoe County, NV  0.27% ($29,380)


6.70% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($42,183 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.70%
California average:

5.12%

0.06% of residents moved to foreign countries ($300 average AGI)
Nevada County:

0.06%
California average:

0.10%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Placer County, CA  1.30% ($46,189 average AGI)
to Washoe County, NV  0.67% ($56,733)
to Sacramento County, CA  0.50% ($34,326)

Strongest AM radio stations in Donner:

  • KKOH (780 AM; 50 kW; RENO, NV; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KPTT (630 AM; 5 kW; RENO, NV; Owner: LOTUS RADIO CORP.)
  • KBZZ (1270 AM; 13 kW; SPARKS, NV; Owner: AMERICOM LAS VEGAS LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KFIA (710 AM; 25 kW; CARMICHAEL, CA; Owner: VISTA BROADCASTING INC.)
  • KHTK (1140 AM; 50 kW; SACRAMENTO, CA; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KFBK (1530 AM; 50 kW; SACRAMENTO, CA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KSTE (650 AM; 25 kW; RANCHO CORDOVA, CA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KIHM (920 AM; 5 kW; RENO, NV; Owner: IHR EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING)
  • KCBC (770 AM; 50 kW; RIVERBANK, CA; Owner: KIERTRON, INC.)
  • KPTL (1300 AM; 5 kW; CARSON CITY, NV; Owner: CASINO RADIO, LLC)
  • KAHI (950 AM; 10 kW; AUBURN, CA; Owner: IHR EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING)
  • KQLO (1590 AM; 5 kW; SUN VALLEY, NV; Owner: THOMAS AQUINAS SCHOOL)
  • KNCO (830 AM; 5 kW; GRASS VALLEY, CA; Owner: NEVADA COUNTY BROADCASTERS, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Donner:

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • K285EQ (104.9 FM; VERDI, NV; Owner: AMERICOM, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KSRN (107.7 FM; KINGS BEACH, CA; Owner: NM LICENSING, LLC)
  • KWYL (102.9 FM; SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KNEV (95.5 FM; RENO, NV; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KBUL-FM (98.1 FM; CARSON CITY, NV; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KNIS (91.3 FM; CARSON CITY, NV; Owner: WESTERN INSPIRATIONAL BROADCASTERS, INC)
  • KUNR (88.7 FM; RENO, NV; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO)
  • KWNZ (97.3 FM; CARSON CITY, NV; Owner: AMERICOM LAS VEGAS LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KSSJ (94.7 FM; FAIR OAKS, CA; Owner: ENTERCOM SACRAMENTO LICENSE, LLC)
  • K273AF (102.5 FM; CARSON CITY, NV; Owner: EDDIE FLOYD)
  • KHXR (94.5 FM; SUN VALLEY, NV; Owner: LOTUS RADIO CORP.)
  • K286AG (105.1 FM; CARSON CITY, NV; Owner: NM LICENSING, LLC)

TV broadcast stations around Donner:

  • KMMK-LP (Channel 14; SACRAMENTO, CA; Owner: CABALLERO TELEVISION TEXAS, L.L.C.)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

2
  • DONNER, Donner Microwave Site (Lat: 39.321556 Lon: -120.336306), Type: Tower, Structure height: 10.6 m, Call Sign: WQPJ633
    Assigned Frequencies: 955.550 MHzGrant Date: 06/06/2012, Expiration Date: 06/06/2022, Certifier: Thomas J McgovernRegistrant: Prokarma, 222 S 15th St Suite 505n, Omaha, NE 68102, Phone: (402) 522-5050, Fax: (402) 233-2025, Email:
  • TUNNEL 41, 50 Ft E Of Norden Signal Cabin (Lat: 39.309417 Lon: -120.337389), Type: Pole, Structure height: 9.1 m, Call Sign: WQPJ634
    Assigned Frequencies: 959.150 MHzGrant Date: 06/06/2012, Expiration Date: 06/06/2022, Certifier: Thomas J McgovernRegistrant: Prokarma, 222 S 15th St Suite 505n, Omaha, NE 68102, Phone: (402) 522-5050, Fax: (402) 233-2025, Email:

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (48%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (28%)
  • Wood (17%)
  • Electricity (5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2%)
  • Other fuel (1%)

Donner 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.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Donner on our top lists:

  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Carpenters (population 5,000+)"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Sporting goods, camera, and hobby and toy stores (population 5,000+)"
  • #21 on the list of "Top 100 highest located cities (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #24 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Architects, surveyors, and cartographers (population 5,000+)"
  • #34 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers (population 5,000+)"
  • #41 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Apparel, fabrics, and notions merchant wholesalers (population 5,000+)"
  • #49 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Printing workers (population 5,000+)"
  • #51 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Supervisors and other personal care and service workers except personal appearance, transportation, and child care workers (population 5,000+)"
  • #52 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Entertainers and performers, sports, and related workers (population 5,000+)"
  • #55 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Other food preparation and serving workers including supervisors (population 5,000+)"
  • #72 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Construction (population 5,000+)"
  • #81 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Furniture and home furnishings, and household appliance stores (population 5,000+)"
  • #98 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Fuel dealers (population 5,000+)"
  • #12 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Ozone (1-hour) air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #30 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #47 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for 3rd party candidates in the 2012 Presidential Election (pop. 50,000+)"
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