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North Lake Tahoe Visitor Statistics

Frequently Asked Questions
The following (economic and demographic) information was taken from a detailed economic impact report prepared for the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association by Dean Runyan Associates in December 2003. The study applies to the Eastern Placer County region of North Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe in its entirety, is surrounded by two states (California and Nevada) and four counties (Placer, Douglas, El Dorado and Washoe).

Lake Tahoe is also impacted by neighboring communities, such as Truckee, California and Reno, Nevada, which are not represented below. The Placer County jurisdiction of North Lake Tahoe consists of Tahoe City, Kings Beach, Homewood, Northstar, Squaw Valley and other unincorporated areas and neighborhoods.

What is the population of North Lake Tahoe?
In 2000 the population totaled 14,887, which showed a 3.2% increase from 1990.

What is the median household income?

How many residents are employed by the travel industry?

What is the economic impact of the visitor industry to North Lake Tahoe?
Visitors spent $355 million in 2002.

How do visitors spend their money?
The majority of dollars spent were on recreation (skiing, golfing, boating, etc.) Of the $355 million total spent, $128 million was spent on recreation. $74 million went specifically to lodging, $75 million on eating and drinking in restaurants, bars and taverns, and $79 million was spent on retail, including grocery stores and gas stations.

What is the breakdown of lodging properties?
There are 1,500 rooms or units available through hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts. There are approximately 1,500 condos or vacation rentals for rent and more than 500 campsites. There are an estimated 7,825 vacation homes (not considered primary residence for the owner). Vacation homes comprise 55% of the housing units in North Lake Tahoe.

What is the average daily spending per visitor?

What is the Transient Occupancy Tax for Placer County’s North Lake Tahoe area?

What is the average occupancy rate?
For hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts the average occupancy rate is 55%.

What is the total conference meeting space available?
13,935 square meters throughout more than 30 meeting sites (this figure includes properties in surrounding counties, other than Placer).

How many downhill ski resorts are there in Placer County?
Five (Alpine Meadows, Homewood Mountain Ski Resort, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Squaw Valley, U.S.A., Sugar Bowl Ski Resort). The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association also represents Diamond Peak and Mt. Rose, which are located in Nevada.

Were the Olympics held in Lake Tahoe?
The 1960 Olympic Winter Games took place at Squaw Valley U.S.A.

How many golf courses are there in Placer County’s North Lake Tahoe?
Four (Old Brockway, Resort at Squaw Creek, Tahoe City Golf Course, Northstar). The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association also represents Coyote Moon, Incline Village Championship, Incline Village Mountain Course, and Ponderosa golf courses.

What’s the average temperature and snowfall in Lake Tahoe?
The sun shines 75 percent (274 days) each year and receives an average of 1,016 centimeters of snow (at the Lake’s 1,397-meter elevation) annually. The mean temperatures range from –1 Celsius (January) to 16 Celsius (August) degrees. Average highs during those months are 4 and 25 degrees, respectively.

Where is Lake Tahoe located?
Lake Tahoe straddles California’s eastern and Nevada’s western state lines (2/3 of the Lake lies with in California, 1/3 in Nevada). Situated in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, it is 322 kilometers northeast of San Francisco, 157 kilometers northeast of Sacramento, and 72 kilometers southwest of Reno.

How large is Lake Tahoe?
It is 19 kilometers wide, 35 kilometers long and has 116 kilometers of shoreline. It is the eighth largest lake in the world and largest alpine lake in North America. Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the U.S with an average depth of 301 meters and deepest point of 501 meters.