Nevada County is located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, about 50 miles northeast of Sacramento. It is known for its natural beauty, with forests, rivers, and recreational areas such as Lake Tahoe, Donner Lake, and the Yuba River. Much of the county is alpine, with high granite peaks that receive significant snow, drawing skiers and snowboarders from around the world. The county extends East all the way to the Nevada border, just North of Lake Tahoe.
The history of Nevada County dates back to the California Gold Rush of the 1840s and 1850s, when gold was discovered in the area. Many of the towns in Nevada County, such as Truckee, Grass Valley, and Nevada City, were founded during this time and still retain their historic character.
As of 2020, the population of Nevada County was estimated to be around 99,000. The county is home to a number of landmarks, including the North Star Mining Museum, the Nevada Theatre, and the Empire Mine State Historic Park.
The economy of Nevada County is diverse, with industries such as healthcare, education, and tourism contributing to the local economy. The county is also home to a number of small businesses, such as restaurants, shops, and historic lodges.
Despite it's harsh alpine climate, Nevada County has a reasonably sized cultivation industry, with well over a million square feet of cultivation. Despite this healthy cultivation industry, there are barely any retail locations in the county, largely due to municipal ordinances against them.