The 2015 North Lake Tahoe Tourism Master Plan | Placer County
North Lake Tahoe relies on a tourism-driven
economy and it will continue to do so for years to
come. Annually, visitors spend over $500 million
in North Lake Tahoe. Over 60% of employment
and 51% of all earnings can be attributed to tourism.3
Lake Tahoe is central to the area’s economy.
|Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada History|
Almost 45% of current visitors come from the Bay
Area, northern California and western Nevada;
approximately 8% of visitors are international.2
Forty-two percent of visitors are day visitors with overall visitation concentrated on weekends and
peak holiday periods.
. It should be noted that the visitor population, estimated at more than 3 million per
year, dramatically increases the Basin population, particularly during peak holiday seasons.
Although 42% of visitors are day visitors,
they comprise only 14% of all visitor-days and
11% ($55 million) of total visitor spending.
2010 North Tahoe population
Carnelian Bay 1170
Dollar Point 1215
Tahoe City 3161
Kings Beach 4456
Tahoe Vista 708
South Lake Tahoe 22,036
Most decreased from about 15,000 in 2000 to 7,500 in 2015 but started to grow
slowly again around 2015.
Data obtained from the user surveys was extrapolated over the entire populations of the three
metro areas (using 2010 Census data) to calculate that over 4 million visitors make close to
8 million trips annually to the Study Area.
Tahoe Fun Facts - Tahoe Fund
Year-round resident population is 40,000. Total population can reach 300,000 on peak days. About 20 million people visit Lake Tahoe each year.
Environmental Problems of the Lake Tahoe Basin - 1970 Book
Demographics - SwiftLuxe.com
South Lake Tahoe Visitor and Second Homeowner Demographics:
Lake Tahoe attracts approximately 3 million visitors annually
Lake Tahoe Winter visitors number approximately 2 million annually
Lake Tahoe Summer visitors number approximately 1 million annually
Environmental Impact Statement - Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit - 1970
In 1970, an estimated 11.8 million visitor-days were spent in the Lake Tahoe ... By 1985, peak summer population may swell to 270,000 people at one time
Source: MEASURING FOR PROSPERITY Community and Economic Indicators for the Lake Tahoe Basin
MEASURING FOR PROSPERITY Community and Economic Indicators for the Lake Tahoe Basin