California’s Central Valley, which includes Yuba County, is home to the majority of the United States’ agricultural production. Most of Yuba County’s residents can be found west of the mountains on the valley floor. In this area there is a great deal of agriculture business, especially fruit orchards, rice fields and cattle grazing. According to the Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corp., the gross value of the county’s agricultural production for 2016 was nearly $215 million. The top crops were walnuts ($65 million), rice ($38 million), prunes ($24 million) and peaches ($23 million).
Beale Air Force Base is the largest employer in Yuba County. Other growing business sectors include health care and social assistance, public administration and education services.
The Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corp. provides resources to help local businesses prosper. Its website has information and resources on business financing, site identification, workforce development and training, the local labor market, local demographics and more. Visit the Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corp. online at www.ysedc.org.
The median age in the county is about 32 years old, meaning the workforce skews younger. Median household income in Yuba County is $48,739, according to the U.S. Census. State income tax rates range from 1 percent to 12.3 percent. For more information, visit the California Franchise Tax Board at www.ftb.ca.gov.
Rail and Transit Access
Yuba County’s state routes 20, 49, 65 and 70 provide ample transportation avenues for local businesses. The county is also near to interstates 80 and 5, the Sacramento International Airport and the Inland Port of Sacramento. The county itself has two airports: the Yuba County Airport, which can accommodate freight carriers, jet air carriers and other general aviation aircraft, as well as a privately owned airport with public access. The county is connected to the nation’s railways system via the Union Pacific Railroad and has local bus service and commuting options as well.
Beyond its vast agricultural production, Yuba County exhibits considerable biodiversity. In fact, according to the Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corp., ecological studies suggest Yuba County is the most biodiverse single county in the contiguous United States. In particular, there are many flowering plant species. National protected areas within the county include portions of the Plumas National Forest and Tahoe National Forest. There are also extensive natural areas consisting of forestation, grassland, riparian and other habitats.
Beale Air Force Base
Beale AFB has a huge economic impact on the Yuba-Sutter Community. According to the Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corp., in fiscal 2015 the base supported 4,926 military personnel, 1,339 civilians and 5,118 dependents with a total payroll of more than $323 million. Beale spent more than $160 million in local contracts in 2015. A total of 1,778 jobs were created with an estimated annual dollar value of $77.6 million.