Napa is an old City by California standards, founded in 1847. It’s a place with a colorful past – a jumping off point for 49ers bound for the gold rush, birthplace of famous leather, and neighbor to some of the most prestigious vineyards in the world.
For the past 30 to 40 years, the City of Napa has been in transition. The City that was once known for its tanneries, prune processing and State hospital is now more known for its hospitality, fine food, and luxury hotels. While yesterday’s jobs came largely in heavy industrial pursuits at Kaiser Steel, Basalt Rock, Napa Pipe and Mare Island Shipyard, today’s workforce is mostly white collar and the economy is increasingly based on tourism.
As the County seat for one of the world's Great Wine Capitals, the Napa
name is synonymous with quality. We think that applies to our community
and the people who make it what it is.
Today Napa is becoming a vibrant and modern town with a respect for its
past. Just down the road from our protected historic districts, home to
some of northern California's finest Victorian homes, you will find
visually stimulating contemporary architecture. Minutes from our many
safe and comfortable neighborhoods is the popular Main Street
"Restaurant Row" - already a crowd-pleaser and growing better every
day. Our award-winning "living river" flood protection project is
halfway to completion, making Napa safer while enhancing the ecosystem
and providing stimulus to the economy and quality-of-life benefits.
Napa is a city with a low crime rate, a high standard of living, clean
air and nearly perfect weather.
City of Napa Facts on File:
Population as of January 2005: 76,160
County of Napa population as of 2003: 128,021
Median age of residents: 36.1 years
Average Income per Household: $66,339
Percentage of total County population and jobs in the City of Napa: 60%
Neighborhood parks, community parks and open space parks: 43
Total acres of park land: 748
Rainfall: About 24" of rain per year, primarily from October to March
Average maximum temperature in July: 82 degrees
Average minimum temperature in January: 37 degrees
Percent age 25 or older with Bachelor's degree or higher: 23.3%
Percent with graduate or professional degree: 8.3%
Unemployment rate: 4.5%
Mean travel time to work: 23.9 minutes
School District: Napa Valley Unified
Number of colleges within 35 miles: 8
Number of Zagat rated restaurants in Napa County: 46
Number of Zagat rated restaurants in Downtown Napa and Oxbow Distirct: 23
Number of wineries in Napa County: 391
Number of wine bars and/or tasting rooms in Downtown Napa and the Oxbow District: 20 (See list of locations here.)
(All facts current as of November 6, 2008)