What is an indicator?
An indicator is a slice of information that
focuses on a small, manageable, and significant
piece of a system or process to give people
a sense of the bigger picture. In other words,
indicators are statistics and trends that display
the direction in which a particular condition
is heading. The Indicator Project Committee
members spent considerable time using guidance
from the phone survey to identify and present
indicators that are important, available, understandable,
valid, and clear.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BASIC FACTS ABOUT TUOLUMNE
Where are we and what do we look like?
Tuolumne County’s spectacular landscapes,
open spaces, cultural amenities, rich history,
and recreational and educational opportunities,
make this region a unique and exciting place
to live. We were one of California’s
original 27 counties created upon statehood
in 1850. Prior to statehood, the county was
referred to as Oro County, and parts of that
land were given to Stanislaus County in 1854
and to Alpine County in 1864. Sonora is the
eleventh incorporated city in California. It
is the original and current county seat, and
is the only incorporated city in the county.
We are located in the central Sierra Nevada,
with major rivers to the north and south. The
Sierra Nevada range forms the border on the
east, with our county flowing into the great
central valley in the west. Our diverse terrain
includes the Columbia and Railtown 1897 State
Historic Parks, Bureau of Land Management lands,
American Indian Rancherias and much of the
Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National
Park. Calaveras Big Trees State Park, with
its world-renowned Giant Sequoia, is found
mainly within Tuolumne County’s borders.
The county is also home to the two highest
mountain passes through the Sierra Nevada,
Tioga Pass (9,945 feet) and Sonora Pass (9,628
feet). Plant and animal life abound, and Tuolumne
County’s wildflowers begin their show
in February, continuing in the high country
until the first snows.
How large is the county?
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county
has a total area of 2,274 square miles (5,891
km²), of which 2,235 square miles (5,790
km²) is land and 39 square miles (101
km²), or 1.71%, is water. The elevation
ranges from 300 feet to more than 12,000 feet.
Federal, state, and local governments own most
of the land (77%) in Tuolumne County. That