Nevada Gazetteer

Nevada - Basic Information

Became a State: October 31, 1864 - 36th State
Population: 2,700,551 (2010 Census) - Ranks 35th
Land Area: 109,781.2 square miles - Ranks 7th
Population Density: 24.6 persons per square mile - Ranks 42nd
Housing Units: 1,173,814 (2010 Census)
Housing Unit Density: 10.7 housing units per square mile
July 1, 2015 Estimates: Nevada Data and Demographics
State Capital: Carson City
State Website: Official State of Nevada Website
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Nevada History


The United States acquired the area of Nevada from Mexico in 1848. Nevada Territory was organized from the western part of Utah Territory on March 2, 1861. The territory added area along the eastern boundary from Utah Territory in 1862. Nevada was admitted to the Union on October 31, 1864, as the 36th state. In 1866, additional territory on the east and southeast was added from Utah and Arizona territories, and the state assumed generally the same boundary as the present state.

Although the territory had not yet been legally established, census data for Nevada are available beginning with the 1860 census. The 1860 census population is for the area of present-day Nevada formed from Utah Territory. (The portion of present-day Nevada, then in New Mexico Territory, was not enumerated in 1860.) The population of the entire legally established Utah Territory (of which the area of Nevada was a part) in 1860 was 47,130. For an explanation of the revision to the 1870 population of Nevada, see Richard L. Forstall, Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1996, page 104.

Data for the legally established state of Nevada are available beginning with the 1870 census.

Nevada Geographical Areas

See: Geographic Terms & Concepts

Counties & County Equivalents

Interactive Map of Nevada Counties / Independent Cities | Static Overview Map of Nevada Counties / Independent Cities

There are 17 counties and equivalents in Nevada.  There are 16 counties, each governed by a board of county commissioners.  Carson City is an independent city that is a functioning governmental unit at the place level and a county equivalent.

County Subdivisions

There are 71 county subdivisions in Nevada. They are all census county divisions (CCDs), which are delineated for statistical purposes, have no legal function, and are not governmental units.

Places (Incorporated Cities, Towns & Census Designated Places (CDPs))

Nevada has 129 places; 19 incorporated places and 110 census designated places (CDPs).  There are 18 cities and 1 place with no legal descriptor, Carson City.  The minimum population threshold for incorporation is 250.  Carson City is a county equivalent with a single census county division.

Alphabetical List of Cities, Towns, CDPs and Other Populated Places
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q, R | S | T | U, V | W, X, Y, Z

Neighborhood Data

Address Based Hyperlocal Data Input an address and get data & demographics for the pertinent census block group (CBG), a searchable map and a customized directory. The CBG is the smallest geographical unit used by the Census Bureau for reporting certain data.

Nevada Civil Features

Nevada Civil Features: Political Subdivisions, Native Areas, Land Grants, etc. - sorted by Census Class Codes.

Metropolitan and Micropolitan Stastical Areas

There are 3 Metropolitan and 6 Micropolitan Statistical Areas in Nevada. NV Metopolitan & Micropolitan Areas

Nevada ZIP Code Tabulation Areas

There are 176 ZIP Code tabulation areas (ZCTAs) in Nevada. View Nevada ZIP Codes and ZIP Code Maps.

School Districts

Nevada has 17 unified school districts.  View Nevada Public and Private Schools.

Congressional Districts

Nevada has 4 congressional districts. An interactive map shows the contact information for each Representative as well as the boundaries for each Nevada district. View Map of Nevada Congressional Districts.

State Legislative Districts

There are 19 senatorial districts and 42 assembly districts in Nevada.

American Indian Areas

Nevada has 28 federally recognized American Indian areas.  There are 27 reservations, 4 with off-reservation trust land.  There is also one trust land.

Nevada Physical, Cultural and Historic Features

  1. Nevada Physical Features such as lakes, islands, streams, valleys, summits, etc.
  2. Nevada Cultural Features such as schools, churches, hospitals, parks, dams, reservoirs, etc.
  3. Nevada Historical Features and Nevada Historic Landmarks

Nevada Maps

  • To find a ZIP Code: input the address in the top-left search box of any ZIP Code Map.
  • To find the County: input the address in the top-left search box of the interactive NV map.
  • To find the School Attendance Zone: input the address in the top-left search box of any NV school map

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