May 29, 2017

Calaveras County Ranks 14th Nationally

Posted : August 21, 2015

Washington Post Article: Calaveras Ranking

 

The Washington Post ran an article on August 17th, 2015 citing a USDA study of all 3,111 counties in the contiguous United States ranking them in scenic beauty and climate. The purpose of this study was to predict the movement of rural populations across the nation based on desirability of location. Calaveras County ranked 14th and we’re delighted to boast that we came in 9 counties ahead of Napa (which was 23rd), and just above Mariposa, home of Yosemite. The Washington Post article spurred some news coverage by our local ABC affiliate, News10 Sacramento. See the coverage here: http://www.news10.net/story/news/2015/08/20/calaveras-county-murphys/32086671/.

The USDA, in its report defines their data set as “natural aspects of attractiveness” and hasn’t updated the study since 1999 because these aspects are unlikely to change significantly over time, if at all. This puts Calaveras County in the top 0.45% of desirable counties to live and play in… something we’re happy to agree with. Click on the links above to go to the article, where you can mouse over your own county on the interactive map and see how it compares to Calaveras.

Read the full USDA report.

And meanwhile, here are some beautiful Calaveras scenic shots to give you an idea of why we’re so highly regarded.

Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Giant Sequoias at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Arnold | OARS

Playing in the meadow at Calaveras Big Trees State Park in Arnold | Ben Davidson

Playing in the meadow at Calaveras Big Trees State Park in Arnold | Ben Davidson

Camping in Stanislaus National Forest | Jason Smith

Camping in the Stanislaus National Forest, Upper Hwy 4 | Jason Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunrise over Highway 4 between Angels Camp & Copperopolis | Jack Forkner

Sunrise over Highway 4 between Angels Camp & Copperopolis | Jack Forkner

Historic downtown Murphys

Historic downtown Murphys | Lisa Boulton

Lake Tulloch, Copperopolis  | Jack Forkner

Beautiful Lake Tullock in Copperopolis from above | Jack Forkner

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salt Spring School, Jack Forkner

The Milky Way over Salt Spring School in Copperopolis | Jack Forkner

Zip Lines at Moaning Cavern Adventure Park

Zip Lines at Moaning Cavern Adventure Park in Vallecito | Jason Smith

Welcome to Calaveras County sign

Parrotts Ferry Road, Vallecito | Ian Andrae, Mutineer Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twisted Oak Winery sunset

Twisted Oak Winery in Vallecito | Rick E. Martin

California Cavern's Middle Earth Expedition, Mtn. Ranch | Photo: Dave Bunnell.

California Cavern’s Middle Earth Expedition, Mtn. Ranch | Photo: Dave Bunnell.

mercer caverns

Mercer Caverns walk tour, Murphys | Dave Bunnell

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historic Downtown Angels Camp CA

Historic downtown Angels Camp | Carol Richardson

Sheep Ranch Road in Avery | Jason Smith

Sheep Ranch Road in Avery | Jason Smith

New Melones Lake Angels Camp

New Melones Lake in Spring, Angels Camp | Michiyo Watanabe


 

 

 

 

 

 

Other beautiful areas of Calaveras not represented here photographically include Mountain Ranch, Valley Springs and Mokelumne Hill. If you have photos of those areas that you’d be willing to share with us, please email them to us at lisab@gocalaveras.com.

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