Welcome to Truckee

Modern, vibrant mountain town in Lake Tahoe
Truckee is a small, bustling, modern mountain town located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains on the farthest north side of North Lake Tahoe. Despite its small sizejust 34 square milesthis charming town is made up of a great community of more than ten neighborhoods with amazing access to the great outdoors and amenities.
Formerly a historic railroad and logging town, Truckee has evolved to become a hip year-round enclave with access to skiing, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, skating, restaurants, and shopping, as well as beautiful luxury homes. This town is highly accessible via Hwy 80 and is just 40 minutes from Reno Tahoe International Airport, offering access to many popular direct flights.

What to Love

  • Outdoorsy lifestyle  
  • Proximity to the lake and mountain resorts  
  • Amazing dining and shopping opportunities

Local Lifestyle

Truckee is home to a close-knit community of vibrant outdoor enthusiasts who want proximity to shopping and excellent restaurants while enjoying Lake Tahoe's charm and unique mountain lifestyle. No matter where you live in Truckee, you’re steps away from bountiful hiking trails, ski resorts, and outdoor activities.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping 

Truckee is home to many restaurants featuring local cuisine, fine dining, breakfast, lunch, and brunch spots, and fun coffee shops. To start your morning, head to Coffeebar and enjoy Italian-style cappuccinos, espressos, and lattes, as well as specialty options like a lemon chiffon latte and a caffe marocchino. You can also enjoy delightful treats like croissants, scones, muffins, and more, or something more filling like crêpes, paninis, and salads.

For dinner, the sophisticated and stylish Trokay serves beautifully plated, modern dishes and a nice selection of beer and wine to choose from to complement the exquisite fare. If you want to sample international cuisine, Stella has soulful and innovative plates inspired by Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Mexican cuisines. It has a warm atmosphere and fun dining experience and is a great place to bring a group of friends.

Another Lake Tahoe gem to check out is Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar. Tucked inside one of the oldest ski lodges in the country, Cottonwood is the perfect spot for fine dining, fabulous cocktails, and live acoustic music while enjoying the spectacular views of Downtown Truckee and the breathtaking Sierra Nevada Mountains.

If you're in the mood for sushi, Drunken Monkey Sushi has an excellent sushi menu with rolls like the Demon Slayer with spicy ahi tuna as well as delicious sashimi, tapas, and noodle dishes, as well as the Dreaming Monkey with crab, avocado, hamachi, ahi tuna, and salmon. This local favorite also has a wide selection of sake, shochu, shochu-infused cocktails, Japanese and micro-brewed beer, and wines. 
Shopping in Truckee is exciting, with an adorable assortment of boutiques and merchants. Wine lovers can check out Bluestone Jewelry and Wine and The Pour House Wine Shop. If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to check out Sweets Handmade Candies for their unique, handmade confections, such as fudge, turtles, and truffles. It also offers a large selection of high-quality seasonal and year-round gift baskets.
And for gourmet goods like fine oils and vinegar, specialty spices and rubs, premium local honey, and organic body products check out Tahoe Oil & Spice. If you're a book or art lover, Bespoke & Atelier is the go-to spot for unusual books and magazines, and handmade items from local artists.

Things to Do 

One of the best things about Truckee is the easy access to outdoor living year-round with proximity to Sugar Bowl ResortPalisades Tahoe, and Northstar California Resort. These resorts provide everything one needs for premier skiing, snowshoeing, skating, and snowboarding experience during the winter and spring. Come summertime, you can explore endless hiking trails at Donner Summit or Martis Valley or get lost hiking or biking the miles of paved paths and trails that zig-zag in and around the town.

Apart from adventurous mountain sports, you can also attend Oktoberfest, a yearly festival that transforms the Village at Palisades Tahoe into the largest Bavarian playground. This event has plenty of family fun, ever-popular Oktoberfest Games, authentic German beer, and Bavarian music and dance.


Schaffer's Mill


Martis Camp

Gray's Crossing

Old Greenwood


Olympic Valley

Sugar Bowl

Donner Lake

Tahoe Donner


Demographics and Employment Data for Truckee, CA

Truckee has 6,183 households, with an average household size of 3. 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. 16,915 people call Truckee home. The population density is 351.88 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


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


Median Age

49.86 / 50.14%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group


0-9 Years


10-17 Years


18-24 Years


25-64 Years


65-74 Years


75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree

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Average individual Income

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
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.
School rating
6th - 8th
K - 5th
K - 5th
Sierra Expeditionary Learning
K - 8th
K - 12th
No rating available
Sierra High (Continuation)
9th - 12th
9th - 12th
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