Living in Napa
Napa is an old City by California standards, founded in 1847. It’s
a place with a colorful past – a jumping off point for 49ers bound
for the gold rush, birthplace of famous leather, and neighbor to some
of the most prestigious vineyards in the world.
For the past 30 to 40 years, the City of Napa has been in transition.
The City that was once known for its tanneries, prune processing and State
hospital is now more known for its hospitality, fine food, and luxury
hotels. While yesterday’s jobs came largely in heavy industrial
pursuits at Kaiser Steel, Basalt Rock, Napa Pipe and Mare Island Shipyard,
today’s workforce is mostly white collar and the economy is increasingly
based on tourism.
As the County seat for one of the world's Great Wine Capitals, the
Napa name is synonymous with quality. We think that applies to our community
and the people who make it what it is.
Today Napa is becoming a vibrant and modern town with a respect for its
past. Just down the road from our protected historic districts, home to
some of northern California's finest Victorian homes, you will find
visually stimulating contemporary architecture. Minutes from our many
safe and comfortable neighborhoods are the popular Main Street "Restaurant
Row," the West End and the Oxbow District. Our award-winning "living
river" flood protection project is more than halfway to completion,
making Napa safer while enhancing the ecosystem and providing stimulus
to the economy and quality-of-life benefits. Napa is a city with a low
crime rate, a high standard of living, clean air and nearly perfect weather.
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