About Napa

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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.

Great Wine Capitals

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.

Highlights of Napa

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 are the popular Main Street "Restaurant Row," the West End and the Oxbow District. Our award-winning "living river" flood protection project is more than 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

  • Median Household Income: $92,878
  • Average maximum temperature in July: 83 degrees
  • Average minimum temperature in January: 39 degrees
  • City of Napa population (2020 Decennial Census): 79,246
  • Climate: Mediterranean
  • County of Napa population (2020 Decennial Census): 139,019
  • Median age of residents: 41.4 years
  • Mean travel time to work: 24.5 minutes
  • Neighborhood parks, community parks and open space parks: 54
  • Number of colleges within 50 miles: 39
  • Number of wine bars and/or tasting rooms in Downtown Napa and the Oxbow District: More than 50, view a listing on the Tasting Rooms in Napa page
  • Number of wineries in Napa County: Approximately 475
  • Percent age 25 or older with Bachelor's degree or higher: 35.5%
  • Percent with graduate or professional degree: 11.75%
  • Number of jobs in the City of Napa: 41,668
  • Rainfall: About 27 inches of rain per year, primarily from October to March
  • School District: Napa Valley Unified
  • Total acres of park land: 802

(All facts current as of October 2022)