Our Nevada

Las Vegas at Dusk, Photo credit Ryan Jerz/Travel Nevada
Reno Arch Photo by Kaitlin Godbey/TravelNevada (2016)

Home Means Nevada (Nevada’s State Song) and home varies for Episcopalians in our Diocese. Despite our diverse geography, topography, climate, temperature, politics, and ethnicities, we share many facts and statistics in common.

Nevada Facts

“Nevada” is a Spanish word that means “snowy”. Our official nickname is The Silver State, our State flower is the Sagebrush, our State bird is the Mountain Bluebird, and our State trees are the Piñon Pine and the Bristlecone Pine. The State fossil, the Ichthyosaur, is also a great beer brewed in Reno. Our State animal is the Desert Bighorn Sheep, our State fish is the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, and our State reptile is the Desert Tortoise.

 Nevada is BIG:

Nevada is the 7th largest State. Of our 109 thousand square miles, 85% is federally owned.

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Travel Distances in the Diocese of Nevada

Nevada Cities
City Comparisons

Nevada’s POPULATION is Small:

We are the 15th least populated state with about 3 million people. 72% live in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City. Northwestern Nevada includes our state capital in Carson City, Reno, Sparks, and surrounding areas where 21% of our residents live. The remaining 7% of the population is scattered around the rest of the state. The population in Nevada has grown 7% in the last 5 years.

Race Ethnicity:

Half of our 3 million people are White, non-Hispanic. The second largest ethnic group, White, Hispanic, makes up 25%, followed by Black at 8.4%, Asian at 8.2%. The remaining 7.9% is designated as Other. Nevada has 32 Native American reservations and colonies.

El Cristo Rey on Palm Sunday 2018
El Cristo Rey on Palm Sunday 2018

Incomes and Employment:

The median household income in Nevada is $52,000 per year. The hospitality industry employs 315,000 people with an average yearly income of $35,000. Government jobs account for 176,000 people, who earn approximately $78,000 annually. 135,000 people work in retail trade and earn an average annual income of $35,000. In the less populated areas, 14,000 people work in mining; quarrying; and oil and gas extraction; with an average of $106,000 in yearly earnings. These incomes go a little farther in Nevada; there is no state income tax.

Education figures – based on 2016 numbers:

16.2% of adult Nevadans have not finished high school, 28.8% have a high school diploma, 25% have completed some college-level courses, and 29.4% possess associate, bachelor, or graduate degrees.

Political information

Registered voters as of October 2017: Democrats 38.8%, Republicans 32.8%, Nonpartisans 21.7%, Independent American 4.49%, and Libertarian less than 1%. Northern Nevada has historically been Republican, while Clark County in the south has been Democratic.

Tourism in Nevada:

Nevada Legalized Gambling in 1931. Seventeen of the top 20 hotels in the world are located in Las Vegas where there are more hotel rooms than any other place on earth. Death Valley National Park, which extends from California to Nevada; contains the lowest point in the western hemisphere at 282 feet below sea level, and is one of the hottest places on earth. Not quite 200 miles north of Death Valley, on the Nevada side of the mountain range, is Boundary Peak, the highest point in Nevada at an elevation of 13,145 feet. Lake Tahoe, on the border with California, is the 2nd deepest lake in the U.S., following Crater Lake in Oregon. Lake Mead in the south, created by Hoover Dam, is the largest capacity reservoir in the United States.

For additional information about Nevada, see our list of great online resources here.

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