Our Nevada


Home Means Nevada is 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” is a Spanish word that means “snowy or snow-capped.” 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 Pinon 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

109,000 square miles - 85% is federally owned

Nevada’s POPULATION is Small

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.

Political Information

There were 1,827,386 registered voters as of January 2020 including 698,044 Democrats, 587,198 Republicans, 423,911 Nonpartisans, 82,406 Independent American, and 19,011 Libertarians. Northern Nevada has historically been Republican, while Clark County in the south has been Democratic.

In the 2020 election, Nevadans overwhelmingly voted to make the state the first in the nation to protect same-sex marriage in its constitution. If the US Supreme Court reverses its decision on gay marriage, Nevada marriages will be protected by the constitutional amendment.

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

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.


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.

Eastern Nevada boasts the Great Basin National Park, home to the famous underground world of the Lehman Caves and the towering 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak.

Additional Nevada Resources

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

Pew Research – http://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/state/nevada/ 

Statistics Map Nevada Department of Transportation – https://www.nevadadot.com/home/showdocument?id= 136 

General Information on Nevada – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nevada 

Native American Tribes in Nevada – http://www.nevadaindianterritory.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/255-4018-IT-BROCHURE-ONLINE.pdf 

Online Nevada Encyclopedia – Nevada Humanities – http://www.onlinenevada.org/

Travel Nevada – https://travelnevada.com/