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Tonopah, Nevada - Basic Facts

The Tonopah Census Designated Place had a population of 2,474 as of July 1, 2020.

The primary coordinate point for Tonopah is located at latitude 38.0672 and longitude -117.2301 in Nye County. The formal boundaries for the Tonopah Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 16.24 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Nye County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 6,047 feet.

The Tonopah Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2409333) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

Nevada is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Tonopah Census Designated Place is located within Tonopah Division of Nye County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Tonopah: Butler, Tonapah.


Tonopah, NV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 2,474 (100%)
Population in Households 2,333 (94.3%)
Population in Families 1,720 (69.5%)
Population in Group Quarters1 141 ( 5.7%)
Population Density 152
Diversity Index2 36


Median Household Income $55,359
Average Household Income $66,161
% of Income for Mortgage4 8%
Per Capita Income $28,767
Wealth Index5 54


Total HU (Housing Units) 1,648 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 540 (32.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 529 (32.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 580 (35.2%)
Median Home Value $111,875
Average Home Value $123,609
Housing Affordability Index3 291


Total Households 1,068
Average Household Size 2.18
Family Households 593
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population -0.02% -0.06%
Households 0.14% 0.04%
Families 0.0% -0.03%
Median Household Income   2.06%
Per Capita Income   2.5%
Owner Occupied HU   0.18%


Tonopah, NV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Tonopah to the other 131 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Nevada by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 44 67th
Population Density # 69 48th
Median Household Income # 67 50th
Housing Affordability Index # 121 92nd
Per Capita Income # 68 49th
Diversity Index # 98 26th

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