Truckee

Where Adventure Meets Community Charm

Welcome to Truckee

 

Nestled in the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Truckee is a community where the spirit of adventure meets small-town charm. As someone who spends a lot of time here, I can tell you that Truckee's warmth and liveliness are unmatched. This haven blends a welcoming atmosphere with an outdoorsy lifestyle, making it a place where both residents and visitors revel in the beauty of the surrounding landscapes.

 

Just a short 20-minute drive from Lake Tahoe’s north shore, Truckee stands out as a High Sierra destination with its own unique charm. Its Old West-style downtown has transformed into an artistic hub, earning the designation of a California Cultural District in 2017. Here, you can find galleries like Gallery 5830’, Mountain Arts Collective, and Riverside Studios, showcasing local artists' work.

 

What to Love

  • Great dining spots: From cozy cafés to upscale restaurants, Truckee offers a diverse culinary scene that caters to all tastes.
  • A warm sense of community and friendliness: The people of Truckee are known for their welcoming nature and strong community spirit.
  • Adventures galore at the Northstar Ski Resort: Whether you're an avid skier or just love the snow, Northstar offers endless winter fun.
  • A delightful downtown with beautiful scenery as a backdrop: Historic downtown Truckee is a charming place to explore, filled with unique shops and eateries.

 

Local Lifestyle

Living in Truckee means embracing a harmonious blend of outdoor adventures and community engagement. The residents, characterized by their outdoorsy and active spirit, make the most of the recreational opportunities that the mountains offer. From hiking and biking in the summer to skiing and snowboarding in the winter, there's always something to do.

 

Dining and Entertainment

Truckee's dining scene is vibrant and varied. You can indulge in innovative sushi creations at Drunken Monkey, enjoy awe-inspiring views with your meal at The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club, or savor local craft brews at Fifty/Fifty Brewing Co. For a more refined dining experience, Stella offers seasonal menus that are sure to impress.

 

Downtown Truckee is also home to unique boutiques, art galleries, and specialty shops. It's a great place to spend a leisurely day exploring and finding treasures.

 

Things to Do

Truckee thrives on the spirit of community engagement and outdoor exploration. Incredible hiking trails and rock climbing spots like Donner Summit and Martis Valley offer jaw-dropping landscapes. The vibrant atmosphere of Truckee Thursdays during the summer is a must-experience, with local vendors, artisans, and live music creating a festive environment. Don't miss the Truckee Certified Farmers Market for fresh local produce or Music in the Park for relaxing evenings filled with melodies that harmonize with the natural surroundings.

 

Schools

Truckee is home to excellent educational institutions, including:

  • Glenshire Elementary School
  • Truckee Elementary School
  • Alder Creek Middle School
  • Truckee High School
  • Forest Charter School
  • Tahoe Expedition Academy

 

Exploring Truckee

Truckee is rich in history and culture. Explore the Museum of Truckee History, the Truckee Railroad Museum, and the Old Jail Museum to learn about the area's past. The self-guided historic downtown walking tour and the outdoor 20 Mile Museum offer fascinating insights into local history, including ice harvesting and Native American petroglyphs.

 

Outdoor Activities

Year-round outdoor adventure is a hallmark of Truckee. In warmer months, you can enjoy rafting, swimming, rock climbing, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The Truckee River Legacy Trail and Donner Lake offer beautiful settings for walks and bike rides. In winter, Truckee is a hub for skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, and cross-country skiing, with top spots like Royal Gorge offering extensive trails.

 

Accessibility and Sustainability

Truckee is committed to accessibility and sustainability. The Trails for EveryBODY campaign ensures all-inclusive trails, and the Truckee Area Rapid Transit (TART) shuttle provides easy transportation around town.

Overview for Truckee, CA

16,850 people live in Truckee, where the median age is 41.9 and the average individual income is $59,141. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

16,850

Total Population

41.9 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$59,141

Average individual Income

Around Truckee, CA

There's plenty to do around Truckee, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Car-Dependent
Walking Score
27
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including The Seasoned Sage Chef Services, Forklore Foods, and Mix’d Menu.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 1.21 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.21 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.27 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 1.95 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.05 miles 34 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Truckee, CA

Truckee has 6,247 households, with an average household size of 2.7. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Truckee do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 16,850 people call Truckee home. The population density is 521.15 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

16,850

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

41.9

Median Age

50.26 / 49.74%

Men vs Women

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  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
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  • Graduate Degree
6,247

Total Households

2.7

Average Household Size

$59,141

Average individual Income

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60+ Minutes

Schools in Truckee, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Truckee. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PUBLIC
K - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Sierra Expeditionary Learning
PUBLIC
K - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Sierra High (Continuation)
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5

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