Rough and Ready is located in Nevada County, California, just a short drive west of Grass Valley.  Rough and Ready provides ideal country living, and yet we are reasonably close to metropolitan areas. Our proximity to outdoor recreational activities seem to appeal to home-based business entrepreneurs and self-employed professionals who, along with conventional working and retired families, now enjoy living in Rough and Ready.

Rough and Ready has a population of 905 (2020 Census).

Rough and Ready's climate has summer high temperatures in the 80s and 90's and winter averages in the 40's.  The average annual rainfall is slightly over 52 inches.  With an approximate altitude of 1,885 feet above sea level, Rough and Ready is usually, as we like to say, "above the fog and below the snow!"

Just 63 miles from Sacramento and 140 miles from San Francisco, Rough and Ready is conveniently located  only 95 miles from Reno and 65 miles from the ski areas of Truckee.

Listen to a KQED Interview: Welcome to Rough and Ready, the Tiny Town That Used to Be a Republic

PHOTO ABOVE: Rough and Ready in 1857. Notice the IOOF Hall (now the Rough and Ready Grange #795) in the upper portion of the photo.

Rough and Ready Chamber of Commerce l  P.O. Box 801 l Rough and Ready, California 95975


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The Great Republic of Rough and Ready

The Town That Seceded from the Union!

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