76,915 citizens, Napa is the 100th biggest town by population in California. Source: Wikipedia September 2, 2013.
Because of the slow and steady growth of Napa it has become a place for the wealthy. Not only has Napa tremendous charm and has also perfect location. The city of Napa is also nestled in California’s North Bay and stands as the doorway to the beautiful and world-renowned Napa Valley. It’s not a surprise that Napa is on the list of best places to live. Here one finds everything in close proximity. San Francisco, Bay Area, Pacific Ocean, Sacrament, and even Lake Tahoe are perfect targets for day trips.
Napa has culture. According to local historian Lauren Coodley, Napa has roots deep in California history. Napa’s history reaches back to the Bear Flag Rebellion and earlier, indeed to the first contact between Spanish explorers and the Wappo Indians.
George Yount, originally from North Carolina first ventured into the Napa Valley in 1831. in regards to encounters with Grizzly Bears, he claims, they were everywhere upon the plain, in the Napa Valley and in the mountains, venturing even within the camping grounds, they provided a rich and satisfying meal. George Yount, according to Coodley, played a significant role in the rescue of Donner Pass event. It is said, Yount had a dream ans was therefore able to lead the rescue team to find the Donner Pass survivors.
In the early 1840s, the primary land uses in the Napa Valley were agriculture, then orchard, including timber production, grazing and field crops. It may be a surprise that much later the best use was as we know today is the wine industry. One of the best grapes in the word is know to grow here.
Napa has charm. Napa’s downtown is filled with Heritage Homes. Old Redwoods and other mature trees that characterize this unique, old world town in the North Bay.