Napa, California


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According to Napa historian Kami Santiago, the Patwin and Wappo Native Americans inhabited Napa Valley since prehistoric times.  Some time after these tribes inhabited the area, the Nappan people moved in.  In fact, the name “Napa” is most likely derived from the name of a southern Nappan Village.  The first European excursion into the area occurred in 1823.  Padre Jose Altimira of Spain, who founded the Mission San Francisco Solano in Sonoma. led this expedition.  As for the actual city of Napa, as reported by the Napa County Historical Society, Nathan Coombs founded it in 1847.  The city of Napa would not be officially incorporated until March 23rd, 1872, however.

Today, the city of Napa serves as the county seat for Napa County, California.  According to a 2013 estimate by the United States Census Bureau, the city of Napa has a population of 79,068 people.  The city of Napa, of course, is considered the principal city within the Napa County Metropolitan Statistical Area.  The Napa County Metropolitan Statistical Area, according to that same census bureau report from 2013, has a total population of 136,484 people.


One of the largest employers in the city of Napa is the Queen of the Valley Medical Center.  The Queen of the Valley Medical center is part of the St. Joseph Health System.  It is run by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.  Queen of the Valley Medical Center opened in 1958.  It is a Level III adult trauma center.  It also includes services such as cancer, heart, and rehabilitation care.

Treasury Wine Estates is also one of the largest employers in the Napa, California area.  Treasury Wine Estates “is an Australian-based global winemaking and distribution business…in May of 2011 it demerged as the wine division of international brewing company Foster’s Group.”  Treasury Wine Estates has annual revenue of $2 billion.  In the city of Napa, Treasury Wine Estates is responsible for the operation of Beringer Vineyards.

Beringer Vineyards (or more formerly Beringer Brothers-Los Hermanos Winery) is the oldest continuously operating winery in the Napa Valley.  It was founded in 1876.  Beringer Vineyards is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Historic District.  Beringer Vineyards is also considered a California Historical Landmark.

Other major employers in the city of Napa, California include Silverado Resort, Walmart, Kaiser Permanente, The Meadows of Napa Valley, The Carneros Inn, Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa, The Hess Collection, and Lixit Corp.

The city of Napa, California is also famous for the nearby Napa River.  This 55-mile (89km) river drains the entire wine-growing Napa Valley.  Napa River’s most notable tributaries are Milliken Creek and Mt. Veeder watersheds in the mountains northeast of San Francisco.  Napa River’s source can be found on Mount Saint Helena.  The river’s elevation is 3,745 ft (1,141 m).

Do you by any chance own – or wish to own – a small business in the Napa, California area?  Perhaps you’re just beginning to think about it?  These resources could prove beneficial to you in that endeavor:

Apply for a Business License in Napa

Business Information – Napa County, California

Napa Chamber of Commerce

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