Napa County, California
Napa County is a county located north of San Pablo Bay in the U.S. state of California. It is officially one of the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties, and one of four North Bay counties. The county is coterminous with the Napa, California, Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census the population is 136,484. The county seat is Napa. Napa County was one of the original counties of California, created in 1850 at the time of statehood. Parts of the county’s territory were given to Lake County in 1861.
Napa County, once the producer of many different crops, is known today for its regional wine industry, rising to the first rank of wine regions with France by local winery Chateau Montelena winning the “Judgment of Paris” in 1976.
Geography and environment
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 788.27 square miles (2,041.6 km2), of which 753.73 square miles (1,952.2 km2) (or 95.62%) is land and 34.53 square miles (89.4 km2) (or 4.38%) is water.
Napa is warmer in the summer than Sonoma County to the west or Santa Barbara County, a wine-producing county in southern California. Thus, the Napa wineries favor varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, while Pinot noir and Chardonnay are more the specialty of Sonoma wineries and Santa Barbara wineries. At the north end of Napa County, in the Mayacamas Mountains, lies Mount Saint Helena, the Bay Area’s second tallest peak at 4,344 feet (1,323 m) and home to Robert Louis Stevenson State Park; Snell Valley is also situated in northern Napa County; the Missimer Wildflower Preserve is within Snell Valley. At the west side of the Napa Valley is Hood Mountain, elevation 2,750 feet (838 m).
Napa County is home to a variety of flora and fauna including numerous rare and endangered species such as Tiburon Indian paintbrush and Contra Costa goldfields.
Cities and towns
County population in 2012: 139,045 (87% urban, 13% rural); it was 124,279 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 22,247
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 8,350
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 29,564
Renter-occupied apartments: 18,279 (it was 15,838 in 2000)
% of renters here: 35%
Land area: 754 sq. mi.
Water area: 34.5 sq. mi.
Population density: 183 people per square mile
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Napa County: 131.3 (high, U.S. average is 100)
Races in Napa County, California:
White Non-Hispanic Alone (56.4%)
Hispanic or Latino (32.2%)
Asian alone (6.6%)
Two or more races (2.2%)
Black Non-Hispanic Alone (1.8%)
Napa county is located in northwest California. Napa county has 748.36 square miles of land area and 40.22 square miles of water area. As of 2010, the total Napa county population is 136,484, which has grown 9.82% since 2000. The population growth rate is about the same as the state average rate of 9.99% and is about the same as the national average rate of 9.71%. Napa county median household income is $67,389 in 2006-2010 and has grown by 30.25% since 2000. The income growth rate is higher than the state average rate of 21.51% and is much higher than the national average rate of 19.17%. Napa county median house value is $571,500 in 2006-2010 and has grown by 127.42% since 2000. The house value growth rate is much higher than the state average rate of 75.37% and is much higher than the national average rate of 50.42%. As a reference, the national Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate for the same period is 26.63%. On average, the public school district that covers Napa county is better than the state average in quality. The Napa county area code is 707.
Population 136,484 (2010), rank #34
Population Growth 9.82% since 2000, rank #25
Population Density: 173.08/sq mi, rank #20
Median Household Income: $67,389 at 2006-2010—30.25% increase since 2000, rank #12
Median House Price: $571,500 at 2006-2010—127.42% increase since 2000, rank #9
Time Zone: Pacific GMT -8:00 with Daylight Saving in the Summer
Land Area: 748.36 sq mi, rank #48
Water Area: 40.22 sq mi (5.10%), rank #36
Area: Napa, CA
Area Code: 707
Napa County Population and Races
As of 2010, the total population of Napa County is 136,484, which is 9.82% more than it was in 2000. The population growth rate is about the same as the state average rate of 9.99% and is about the same as the national average rate of 9.71%. The Napa County population density is 173.08 people per square mile, which is lower than the state average density of 227.58 people per square mile and is much higher than the national average density of 81.32 people per square mile. The most prevalent race in Napa County is white, which represent 71.46% of the total population. The average Napa County education level is about the same as the state average and is about the same as the national average.
Napa County Income and Careers
As of 2010, the per capita income of Napa County is $32,283, which is higher than the state average of $27,353 and is higher than the national average of $26,059. Napa County median household income is $67,389, which has grown by 30.25% since 2000. The median household income growth rate is higher than the state average rate of 21.51% and is much higher than the national average rate of 19.17%. On average Napa County residents spend 23.2 minutes per day commuting to work, which is lower than the state average of 25.3 minutes and is about the same as the national average of 23.7 minutes.
Napa County Housing
As of 2006-2010, median price of a house in Napa County is $571,500, which is higher than the state average of $370,900 and is much higher than the national average of $179,900. The Napa County median house value has grown by 127.42% since 2000. The growth rate for the price of a house in Napa County is much higher than the state average rate of 75.37% and is much higher than the national average rate of 50.42%. The median year that a house in Napa County was built is 1975, which is newer than the median year for a house built in the state which is 1973 and is about the same as the median year for a house built in the USA which is 1975.